- Numbers 32:1 - 33:39
- Proverbs 11:22
Numbers 32:1 - 33:39
Today's reading in Numbers was short and consisted primarily of tribes and the territories they conquered. The reading ends with a list of the places Israel had stopped to camp while on their way to the promised land.
I feel the end of Numbers is drawing near. I can't wait to read about how the Israelites finally make their way into the promised land!
A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig's snout.Eeew, that is a gross thought. A gold ring might be beautiful, but it certainly doesn't matter if that ring is in a pig's snout! After reading that verse, I had to look up the exact meaning of discretion.
I see here two definitions for the word "discretion". The first goes along with all I've read about controlling one's tongue. Those who are wise choose their words sparingly. Those who are wise do not betray the confidence of others. So what I gather here is that a beautiful woman should be dignified, control her words, and have and display wisdom.
- The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.
- The freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation
The second definition comes down to deciding what to do in a situation. So, deciding how to handle something. Doing what is right, not doing what is wrong. A beautiful woman should make the right decisions in her life. By choosing the right path, she chooses life and dignity. She sets an example for others.
Have you ever met someone who is beautiful on the outside, yet ugly on the inside? How does a woman like that make you feel? Those type of women invoke anger and dislike among others.
Now think of a beautiful, dignified woman. A woman with a beautiful, beaming personality. Because she is beautiful, a woman's first reaction might be to hate her or be jealous of her. But no matter how hard I try, I cannot dislike someone who has a beautiful personality -- whether they be ugly or pretty on the outside.
Be discreet. Be dignified. Be wise. Be beautiful -- inside and out.