Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

March 30, 2011

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon: A Playlet





Introduction: I want to relate a somewhat risqué tale, but please do me a favor—since my husband is a retired church pastor, do not spread the word that I am telling risqué stories.

Character I:   A youth, abroad in the world on his own, is not as principled as he ought to be. He lacks wisdom and a fear of God (he ventured out to sea minus a pilot, cord, and compass). He kept bad company. He sauntered—he passed through the street as a night walker who was abundantly idle, and one not knowing what to do with himself. He knew the correct corner to seek entertainment and he headed that way, towards the house of one who could entertain him (contrary to Solomon’s advice to avoid that corner). Lo and behold, up comes a woman and seizes him and kisses him.

CHARACTER II.  The married woman is dressed as a harlot, wily of heart, loud, wayward, talkative, self-willed. She has been lying in wait for the proper gentleman—but has invited many victims who strayed into her path, enticing them.   

     Her enticements, made with seductive speech and smooth talk, included

  • her husband is not home—he is far enough away that he cannot return home in time to surprise us
  • she is so blessed that he has no fear of being robbed by her.
  • she offered sacrifices that day as a token of joy and thankfulness, evening up on her score of sins with God and now was free to live up to a new score of sins.
  • she makes him feel he is so very important that it is he she is seeking eagerly
  • her bed is decked with colored spreads of Egyptian linen and perfume of myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon
  • she can make love to him all night, until morning.

     I leave it up to you to imagine the rest!


     Proverbs 7:17: I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.



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