Proverbs 7:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 7:11, NIV: "(She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home;"

Proverbs 7:11, ESV: "She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home;"

Proverbs 7:11, KJV: "(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:"

Proverbs 7:11, NASB: "She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home;"

Proverbs 7:11, NLT: "She was the brash, rebellious type, never content to stay at home."

Proverbs 7:11, CSB: "She is loud and defiant; her feet do not stay at home."

What does Proverbs 7:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Solomon further describes the sin-seeking woman who preys on a foolish young man as "loud." In this context, this is more than simply a reference to her voice, or her personality. This is a commentary on her willingness to celebrate her sin, rather than being ashamed of it. This is extremely different from the woman the apostle Peter commends. He calls that woman "respectful" and having "pure conduct" (1 Peter 3:2). Instead of dressing like a prostitute (Proverbs 7:10), the commendable woman's adorning is "the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit" (1 Peter 3:4).

As with similar lessons in the book of Proverbs, the imagery presented depicts a woman seducing a man, but the principles apply equally to both sexes. Many of the principles also apply more broadly to the seductive nature of sin of any kind, not just to adultery.

The prostitute Solomon describes is anything but a devoted wife. Proverbs 31 extols the virtue of a wife who is industrious and attentive to the needs of her household. The prostitute prefers the streets and night life. "Her feet do not stay at home," Solomon says. Paul warned Timothy about younger widows, whose "passions draw them away from Christ" (1 Timothy 5:11). They become "idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not" (1 Timothy 5:13). Although Paul doesn't accuse them of prostitution, it is clear that rejection of one's family life or personal responsibilities can lead to trouble.