| The Proverbs 31 Woman |

Proverbs 31:10-31

Hymn to a Good Wife

 A good woman is hard to find,

    and worth far more than diamonds.

Her husband trusts her without reserve,

    and never has reason to regret it.

Never spiteful, she treats him generously

    all her life long.

She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,

    and enjoys knitting and sewing.

She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places

    and brings back exotic surprises.

She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast

    for her family and organizing her day.

She looks over a field and buys it,

    then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.

First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,

    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.

She senses the worth of her work,

    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.

She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,

    diligent in homemaking.

She’s quick to assist anyone in need,

    reaches out to help the poor.

She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;

    their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.

She makes her own clothing,

    and dresses in colorful linens and silks.

Her husband is greatly respected

    when he deliberates with the city fathers.

She designs gowns and sells them,

    brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.

Her clothes are well-made and elegant,

    and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.

When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,

    and she always says it kindly.

She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,

    and keeps them all busy and productive.

Her children respect and bless her;

    her husband joins in with words of praise:

“Many women have done wonderful things,

    but you’ve outclassed them all!”

||Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.

    The woman to be admired and praised

    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.||

Give her everything she deserves!

    Festoon her life with praises!

Growing up, my mom talked about the “Proverbs 31 woman” quite often; she was supposed to be our example. Now as an adult woman trying to follow God, I meditate on this passage and treasure it. This is the clear-cut example of a godly woman that girls have a chance to model their lives after.

The way a woman lives, runs a household, and interacts with those around her affects her loved ones in a huge way, positively or negatively. This section of Scripture isn’t just about being productive and living a good life- the foundation of this lifestyle is found in developing specific characteristics to be a righteous woman; single, wife, mother, whatever season of life you’re in.

These characteristics involve being trustworthy, willing/eager to accomplish tasks, purposeful with budgeting/finances, responsible, sacrificial when the need arises, diligent or hard working, staying healthy to be physically able to get things done (stewarding our bodies well), disciplined, compassionate, prepared and having foresight to avoid disaster, tidy or neat, full of grace, supportive and submissive, and humble among others.

I have been doing quite a bit of self-assessing between two classes in school right now and there are definitely areas of my life I want to improve in. I have been working on some of these characteristics from Proverbs, as well. When I am focusing on growing and working on them, I can see a huge difference in my attitude toward others and in my relationship with Christ.  

The “Proverbs 31 woman” isn’t something unattainable- it is an example that can be strived for all throughout life. I believe that God designed people and relationships to work a certain way to best benefit us and to glorify him; looking at the root of these can teach us how we can walk into a better way of life.  

The end of this chapter is absolutely my favorite and something that runs through my head often so I’ll put it again right here.

||Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.

    The woman to be admired and praised

    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.

Give her everything she deserves!

    Festoon her life with praises! ||

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