“To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
“Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
“For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.”(Prov. 2:16-22).
I often wonder about the stories of women long long ago (you know, before the internet) who were classified as spinsters, cat ladies, witches and old maids. Before they had something like the internet where they could commiserate, how did they live? Did they all end up in nunneries? Taking care of bitter parents or living as the evil aunty with their siblings? How common is it to go through life without children?
I found the above passage in psalms (rather, in a book about psalms), and was fascinated about the word “strange”. Imagine being warned of strange women thousands of years ago! Apparently, the advice was to avoid her like the plague. But what of that woman herself? Maybe she had left an abusive husband. Maybe she was naturally infertile, or infertile due to famine. Maybe she was a widow. Or maybe, she was a brave young woman with ideas that didn’t match her society’s views on her place.
I’m grasping for straws in the murky depths of history, listening for a different voice.