More than 2000 years ago a certain gentleman, not King Solomon, wrote Proverbs 31. The majority of this chapter is devoted to telling other men what to expect from the perfect wife. At the time, most women didn't read or write, therefore the passage wasn't written with the woman, necessarily, as the intended audience. Women were taught the content of the Bible by those who could read and write.
Today we women not only read and write, but we also have many hats to wear outside of our homes. Is it possible for the Proverbs 31 wife to exist today? Would any of us want to be friends with her or *gasp* BE her?
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.**
Hmmm...She is smart, savy, rich, adored by children and husband, and above all else, she serves God. Yep! Many of us want to be her!
Throughout the next few months I am going to pick apart these verses and compare them to the lives many of us lead today. I bet we see this woman in our churches, the grocery store, our circle of friends, and occasionally in the mirror.
For our opening springboard, let's tackle the first verse. A wife of noble character is worth more than rubies. Don't we all strive to be of noble character? We want others to see Christ in our lives. We want to raise our children in a Godly manner. We want our husbands to value us, and we are certain that God values us as His daughters. Look in the mirror today. Ask yourself if you are more valuable than jewels. Of course you are!
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