I love how Joe Carter put the Proverbs thirty-one verse we know so well in a clarified order. Set up as character qualities that are universal- it makes some of the concepts much easier to grasp.
I think this verse has lasting application for us as women and it did me good to take a fresh look through Joe’s eyes…even if I didn’t agree with everything that was presented in the declarations of participants on the topic.
Read, enjoy, think, apply.
That is what it is all about.
The Proverbs 31 woman is charitable, entrepreneurial, fashionable, financially astute, healthy, industrious, loving, managerial, productive, prudent, resourceful, responsible, reverent, self-confident, skilled, trustworthy, virtuous, wise, praiseworthy as a wife and mother, and married to a respectable husband.
According to Proverbs, the ideal wife is:
A woman who isâ€¦virtuous
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
A woman who isâ€¦trustworthy
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
A woman who isâ€¦loving
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
A woman who isâ€¦industrious
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
A woman who isâ€¦resourceful
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
A woman who isâ€¦responsible
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
A woman who isâ€¦entrepreneurial
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
A woman who isâ€¦healthy
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
A woman who isâ€¦financially astute
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
A woman who isâ€¦skilled
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
A woman who isâ€¦charitable
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
A woman who isâ€¦prudent
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
A woman who isâ€¦fashionable
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
A woman who isâ€¦married to a respectable husband
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
A woman who isâ€¦productive
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
A woman who isâ€¦self-confident
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
A woman who isâ€¦wise
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
A woman who isâ€¦managerial
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
A woman who isâ€¦praiseworthy as a wife and mother
28-29 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
A woman who isâ€¦reverent
30-31 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.
Should you be interested, I have had my own commentary on this Bible passage. We wander around without any idea of what we want to accomplish with our lives, but we don’t need to, the Bible has lots of enlightening advice, such as this passage. We just have the problem of going all glassy eyed with our own presuppositions that we already know how useless it must be… or illusions that we will find better answers in what passes for women’s literature and magazines these days. Tsk tsk, no wonder we are all so very very confused and hurt and disappointed.