Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Wife of Noble Character

I love reading Proverbs 31.  Much to my surprise the book I just got Large Family Logistics has an entire first chapter about the Proverbs 31 Woman.  I love reading others thoughts on her.  What do you think about this Wise Woman?

10 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 night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
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. 

This is just a note to myself as I want to look into this more in depth later.  I found it on another website.

Comparison of Ruth & the Proverbs 31 Woman
Devoted to her family Ruth 1:15-18 Proverbs  31:10, 11, 12, 23
Delighted in her work Ruth 2:2 Proverbs  31:13
Diligent in her labor Ruth 2:7,17,23 Proverbs  31:14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27
Dedicated to godly speech Ruth 2:10,13 Proverbs  31:26
Dependent on God Ruth 2:12 Proverbs  31:25b, 30
Dressed with care Ruth 3:3 Proverbs  31:22, 25a
Discreet with men Ruth 3:6–13 Proverbs   31:11, 12, 23
Delivered blessings Ruth 4:14,15 Proverbs   31:28, 29

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