Proverbs 11:22

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

Proverbs 11:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
ESV
22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
NLT
22 A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
MSG
22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful face on an empty head.
CSB
22 A beautiful woman who rejects good sense is like a gold ring in a pig's snout.

Proverbs 11:22 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 11:22

[As] a jewel of gold in a swine's snout
The allusion seems to be to the ringing of swine, to prevent their rooting up the earth; which is usually done by putting an iron ring into their snout; which is much more proper and suitable than a gold ring, or a jewel set in gold, which is very unbecoming such a creature; and is soon had to the dunghill, or to some miry place, and there defiled; [so is] a fair woman which is without discretion;
or, "has departed from taste" F25; from a taste of virtue and honour; lost all sense of modesty and chastity; forsaken her husband, and given up herself to the embraces of others. As her beauty is fitly expressed by a "jewel of gold", which is valuable and desirable, and, rightly placed and used, is ornamental; so she is properly represented by a swine, wallowing in the impurities of lust; to which her beauty was the snare, and whereby it is quickly sullied and lost. Jarchi applies this to a disciple of a wise man, or a scholar that departs from the good way, or from the law; which he explains by taste or sense: but it may be better applied to the scarlet whore, or apostate church of Rome; which has departed from Christ, once her professed husband; from the doctrines of the Gospel, and the ordinances of it; from all taste and savour of true religion; and even from common sense and right reason, as in the affair of transubstantiation, and other things; and may be fitly compared to a swine with a jewel of gold in its snout, being "decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls"; and yet "drunk with the blood of the saints", and "martyrs of Jesus"; and wallowing in all the faith of fornication, of idolatry, and superstition; as well as in all manner of other sins and iniquities, ( Revelation 17:4-6 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F25 (Mej trow) Heb. "recedens a gusta", Piscator; "cujus recessit sapor", Schultens.

Proverbs 11:22 In-Context

20 The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.