In our Living by the Book session today, I was to read and digest Proverbs 31: 10-31. Have you read this? Have you pondered how this section of scripture fits into your life as a woman? Do you think it is still relevant, or that, since it is Old Testament, it is no longer meaningful to our day and age? I'm interested to know what perspectives are out there. I know what I think, but I'll reserve my post on that for a bit. I am posting it here for your convenience to review:

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

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

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

13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With that, for today, I am thankful for my life, that I can wear many hats, even if they are all not on straight. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunites of the day. Each and every one.
5 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    Absolutely - relevant today. Verses 25-27 are probably the most convicting for me. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.

  2. This is so relevant to the book I am reading right now I will be doing a book review on it in a couple of days it is called The Language of Love and Respect. Great book and like proverbs a great reminder of how to be an honourable wife.

  3. Melanie Says:

    I think it's definitely relevant for today. That is what is so awesome about God's word. It never becomes outdated. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  4. Joyce Says:

    I love Proverbs 31! God expects us (and enables us) to be godly, family and husband-centered women who are strong and competent. There's plenty of scope for talent and imagination here.

  5. Bee Jay Says:

    Most definitely it is relevant for today Sarah. Our ladies bible study group did Proverbs a couple months ago and it reminded me again (as your words have) of the powerful nature of these verses.
    Thanks for the encouragememnt