Ref; Prov 31: 10-end
We continue in our “Great Women of the Bible” series, with the Proverbs 31 Woman..The Wife of Noble Character…A virtuous woman…
“A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies”..Pro 31:10
Unlike Deborah, Ruth, and Queen Esther, the Proverbs 31 woman does not refer to just one woman…Every christian woman has the Proverbs 31 woman inherent in her…you just have to draw her out…Let’s take a walk through the 31st chapter of the book of proverbs, to get to know her better…
Pro 31:11-12 The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no lack of gain…She doeth him good and not evil all the days of her life…Because you are a virtuous woman, your husband should trust in you, should prosper at whatever business he does, and should experience goodness, all his days.
Pro 31:13 She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands…the proverbs 31 woman is hardworking and skillful…you should be too.
Pro 31:14 She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her bread from afar…who says a woman cannot do business internationally?
Pro 31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth food to her household, and their task to her maidens…as a christian woman, you should increase so much, that you’d need staff to do some work with and for you.
Pro 31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it; With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard…you don’t need/have to depend on anybody, or to borrow…from your own income, you should be able to aquire property and build businesses, etc.
Pro 31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms…she is strong, and always in good health.
Pro 31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night.
Pro 31:19 She layeth her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle.
Pro 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy…every christian woman should be a giver…be known for your benevolence.
Pro 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; For all her household are clothed with scarlet…Scarlet here refers to warm clothing…the virtuous woman is not afraid of changing weather conditions, for she has provided adequate clothing for her family…
Pro 31:22 She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry; Her clothing is fine linen and purple…for all her hardwork and success, doesn’t she deserve the nice things in life? She’s royalty in her own rights!
Pro 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land…my hubby sometimes jokes that her husband is lazy, leaving her to do all the hardwork and make all the money, while he sits at the gates doing nothing…he however tells me, that he would looooove to sit at the gate…lol…anyway, we both know that here, sitting at the gates, among the elders of the land, represents a position of great responsibility, wisdom, and trust…Her husband IS a great man!
Pro 31:24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them, And delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Pro 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; And she laugheth at the time to come…as a proverbs 31 woman, strength and dignity shall encompass you…and because you have planned and prepared for your future, you shall laugh with confidence, knowing that there shall be no sorrow, pain, or regret…
Pro 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue…a virtuous woman is wise, and full of wise counsel…when she speaks, she takes other people into consideration, and is kind with her words.
Pro 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness…the wife of noble character is NOT lazy!
Pro 31:28-29 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying: Many daughters have done worthily, But thou excellest them all...your husband and children should bless and praise you, constantly thanking God for making you a part of their lives.
“Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised”..Pro 31:30
Pro 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her works praise her in the gates…as proverbs 31 women, our gifts shall make room for us, our works shall speak for us, and we shall be recognised at home, and abroad…Amen!
AND, we shall remember to ALWAYS give ALL the glory, praise, and thanks, to God Almighty, who has started this good work in our lives, and who IS able to complete it…
I know I’m not there yet, but I certainly do aspire (and I’m taking steps) to be a complete Proverbs 31 woman…are you a proverbs 31 woman?