No man is poor who has had a godly mother. (Lou Nicholes - Missionary/Author).
The book of Proverbs begins with the command to fear the Lord (Prov. 1:7) and ends with the picture of a woman who fulfills this command. The foot notes in the Life Application Bible describes the woman in this chapter as follows:
“She has outstanding abilities. Her family’s social position is high. In fact, she may not be one woman at all - she may be a composite portrait of ideal womanhood. Do not see her as a model to imitate in every detail; your days may not be long enough to do everything she does!.”
Again we find the production of clothing for her family and to sell mentioned (v. 24). The girdles mentioned were sashes or belts that she sold to the merchants. She is obviously no weakling as strength and dignity are a part of her character (v. 25). She can rejoice as she faces the future with confidence. She is praised for her wisdom and faithful instruction which probably refers to her teaching her children and her servant girls (v. 26). She is a very busy lady and even though she is involved in business she makes her home her priority and takes good care of her family (v. 27).
In the face of the adulterous temptations given throughout Proverbs it is quite fitting that this book concludes with the virtues of a godly women: which includes hard work, care for others, wise counsel and godly fear. Lord, help me to have godly characteristics that match these characteristics.
She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
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Proverbs 28:11-18The Rich Are Often Filled With Pride
Proverbs 28:19-28Giving Needed Rebuke is Never Easy
Proverbs 29:1-11An Honest Ruler Makes a Nation Strong
Proverbs 29:12-18Biblical Discipline Brings Delight
Proverbs 29:19-27The Rod and Reproof Bring Wisdom
Proverbs 30:1-10God Chooses to Use Ordinary People
Proverbs 30:11-17We Are Never Satisfied and Always Want More
Proverbs 30:18-23We Will be Judged For What We do in The Body
Proverbs 30:24-28Anger Produces Trouble
Proverbs 30:29-33Pride And Anger Work Against Humility
Proverbs 31:1-9What King Lemuel’s Mother Taught Him
Proverbs 31:10-16The Ideal Woman is Rare
Proverbs 31:17-23The Wife’s Life Was Centered Around Her Home
Proverbs 31:24-31Her Children Call Her Blessed