The Virtuous Woman – Proverbs 31:10-31
Taken from the King James Version (KJV)
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The English Standard Version translates the word “virtuous” as “excellent”.
Her price is far above rubies, you say?
When I think about rubies, I think expensive gem stones. In fact, it is said that rubies are one of the most expensive gems today and may even be more valuable than colorless diamonds! Moreover, the ruby was considered the most precious of the 12 gem stones created by God. So for a virtuous woman to be worth way more than a ruby is quite a “price”. Wow! For more information on rubies, go here: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/mom/gems/ruby.html
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She does not waste! Her husband can safely trust in her to manage business for him and to take good care of the home.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She makes it a “point” or is committed to do good to her husband, always.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is not lazy but find ways to be productive.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She goes at length to find the best products for her household.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She starts the day early to prepare for her household and to those who help her.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She is industrious and considers the cost and all that are involved before purchasing.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She is diligent in getting things done and is happy with the end results.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She has a giving heart and gives to those in need.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
She chooses good quality clothing for her family and lays up in stock for later days – she provides a comfortable home.
Scarlet, silk, and purple you say? Yes! When I think about those materials, I think about quality and royalty (especially purple). In ancient times, purple was worn by Emperors, magistrates, and the like…..
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
Her husband is respected by others in his community because of her testimony.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
She sells her products to others.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Strength and honor are rewarded to her for her quality.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Her words are filled with kindness and wisdom. Also, she is not idle and takes excellent care of her family and home…Both her husband and her children praise her for who she is.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
The qualities she exhibits surpasses all other qualities of virtuous women.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
She is not rewarded for her outward beauty but her inward, which she can only accomplish by fearing the Lord. Outward beauty is nothing when it comes to inward qualities. Her own works shall speak for her.
Oh, how it would be nice to be this woman!
To read a simple commentary from Matthew Henry about the virtuous woman go here: http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?b=20&c=31&com=mhc
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