Friday, January 21, 2011

The Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31. There’s a lot of doing in this passage. This woman is special. Not only for her inward beauty, but also for her acts of charity and her business sense.

Do you feel sometimes like you can’t measure up? Do you feel like you can never be a perfect Proverbs 31 woman?

The good thing is you don’t have to be. This passage is meant to show us what the noble woman looks like, so that we can imitate her. None of us can be perfect, but we can all strive to be the best that we can.

Why don’t you read over Proverbs 31 again? See if you can find one thing that you could find a trait that you want. Then ask God to help you put it into practice. You never know what will happen.

Proverbs 31:10-31 (NIV)

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

1 comment:

  1. That is one of my favorite Bible passages! Thank you for the encouragement you shared concerning these is so true!

    Love in Christ,