On Christmas afternoon, the Pastor’s wife dropped into an easy chair saying, “Boy! Am I ever tried.”
Her husband looked over at her & said, “I had to conduct two special services last night, three today,
& give a total of five sermons. Why are you so … More
This virtuous wife is famous for the way she looks after her household and her priorities dictate the investment of her energies. She works hard (v. 17) and has a healthy attitude toward her work. The fact that her lamp does not go out (v. 18) seems to speak of her planning ahead. In Matthew, the five virgins whose lamps did not go out were praised for thinking ahead Matt. 25:4).
One of the things this noble wife did well for her family and her business was to make cloth by spinning wool or flax on a spindle (v. 19). She sells some of her merchandise for profit but because of her generous heart she also give clothing to the poor and needy who have nothing (v. 20). When the weather turns cold she and her family have no need to panic because they are prepared for it. She has clothed them in expensive (scarlet) garments and has spared no cost to protect her family from the cold (v. 21). She even makes her family’s bed coverings. Silk is made from flax (v. 13) and purple is a die made from a shellfish (v. 22). I think we can safely say that her family was well dressed.
I am very privileged and thankful to have a wife who has honored this Scriptural principle described in Proverbs 31. My desire is to be the right kind of husband to her and finish well.
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.
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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
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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