Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way,
This chapter discusses two different characters – the female personifications of wisdom and folly (foolishness). Lady Wisdom is described in verses 1-12 and Lady Folly beginning in verse 13.
This “simple,” “unruly” and foolish woman who “knows nothing” (:13) is seen here sitting “at the door of her house” and/or “on a seat at the highest point of the city.” The first represents her private domain where she invites people to come.
The second is in public where she is “calling to those who pass by, who go straight on their way.” Lady Folly particularly encourages those with the greatest need (:16) to participate in what she offers (:17) – and, of course, live with the consequences of such a choice (:18).
Admittedly, it doesn’t seem to me that what Lady Folly is offering “(:17; “stolen water” and “food eaten in secret”) would be very appealing to anyone. Yet, in an honest moment, most all of us would admit we gave in to and committed ourselves to something equally absurd.
It’s just really important that we learn to stop and take the time to look at and think through what is before us. We might even need to get some good advice, too.
We don’t ever have to settle for such lousy “Lady Folly” choices again. Even second-best isn’t necessary anymore.
Even better, we can experience all the benefits of hanging out with and Lady Wisdom. Good days ahead!