Monday, November 13, 2006

discrétion says it all -

EZEK 16:10-15 And I had you clothed with needlework, and put leather shoes on your feet, folding fair linen about you and covering you with silk. And I made you fair with ornaments and put jewels on your hands and a chain on your neck. And I put a ring in your nose and ear-rings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. So you were made beautiful with gold and silver; and your clothing was of the best linen and silk and needlework; your food was the best meal and honey and oil: and you were very beautiful. You were so beautiful that the story of you went out into all nations; you were completely beautiful because of my glory which I had put on you, says the Lord. But you put your faith in the fact that you were beautiful, . . .Bible in Basic English

Sometimes it's hard to think of being plain when you once considered yourself beautiful.

Good deeds are more important than good looks. The proverb was first recorded by Chaucer in 'The Wife of Bath's Tale' (c. 1387). In 1766, in the preface to 'The Vicar of Wakefield,' Oliver Goldsmith wrote: 'Handsome is that handsome does.' First attested in the United States in 'Journal of a Lady of Quality' (1774). The saying is found in varying forms, including 'Beauty is as beauty does'." From the "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair [beautiful] woman which is without discretion. Prov. 11:22

discrétion f 1. (réserve, silence) discretion; ~ assurée confidentiality guaranteed 2. (sobriété) discreetness; (d'une toilette, d'un maquillage) simplicity; (des décors) unobtrusiveness; s'habiller avec ~ to dress quietly

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1 Tim 2:9

Amazing how looking at another language can sometimes bring hidden meaning out. The French word discrétion says it all - Godly women will be reserved, discreet, unobtrusive, embody simplicity itself, and quietly dressed.

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