I’m sure you have heard of her by now. You may have heard about her during your sermon Sunday. There are even books written about her. The Proverbs 31 woman. She is often held up as the example for Christian wives to follow. She is the kind of woman we men are told we need to look for. I won’t try to detail who or what she is here. No, what I really want to highlight are the women in the Bible who seem to be her opposite and that we want to AVOID in our lives. Here are a few.
The Genesis 38 Woman. This is the woman who is wronged by a family member. More than likely, it’s her father-in-law. She takes revenge by seduction and blackmail. This tends to make family reunions a bit uncomfortable.
The Genesis 39 Woman. This woman is probably a cougar. She encourages her husband to hire young men to help around the house. Like Hall and Oates said, “She’s a man-eater. Watch out, boy, she’ll chew you up.” She also has a temper and is likely to falsely accuse her victims and land them in jail.
The Judges 16 Woman. This woman will give you a haircut for 1100 pieces of silver. That seems steep for a haircut .My wife, Jan, gives me a haircut every two weeks, but I have never given her 1100 pieces of silver. I believe that she is also prone to hosting syndicated radio shows and spouting sappy sounding advice.
The 1 Kings 19 Woman. While named after one chapter of the Bible, her reach extends much further. She’s not very fond of Godly preachers. She is so bad and evil that it is hard to find anyone who will even bury her. After she is gone, people will admit that she has gone to the dogs. I have never met anyone by her name, but sometimes people will call women in their community by her name.
Compared to these women, that Proverbs 31 woman sounds pretty good. Let me find my Bible so I can figure out what kind of woman she is.