The Proverbs 31 Woman
Who is the ideal woman?
How does she act, think, and live?
What does she look like?
Do her looks really even matter?
Proverbs 31 is a passage in the bible that describes a conversation between a mother and her son, a prince who would one day become a king. She sat him down while he was very young with the intention of teaching him not only the ways of being a great leader (Proverbs 31: 1-9), but also the qualities he should look for in a supportive wife (Proverbs 31: 10-31). These qualities she teaches him are God’s ideal of feminine character.
I have always found this story very fascinating, and at one time researched and read all I could on it. I think it’s time I revisit this information and I’m excited to share it with you, especially if you are not familiar with it. There is so much information to be had; I feel it would do the topic more justice if I break it into different posts for you.
I want to leave you with the section of Proverbs 31 that describes the virtues of an excellent woman, and a wife of noble character. Please take into consideration that this was written in a different place and time; so take the specifics with a grain of salt. Focus on how you can translate it into your own life. I have used The Message Bible translation below only to make it simple and understandable. If you’d rather read a different translation please click on this link, www.biblegateway.com, where you can look at it in whichever translation you prefer. I personally enjoy the New Living Translation for most of my studies. I hope you enjoy this passage and that it will bless your day.
More to come!
Proverbs 31 (The Message)
10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God (meaning one who honors God).
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
Much love, Torrie
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