Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Reflection - The Wife of Noble Character (Proverbs 31:10-31)

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A virtuous woman is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing to let him rule over her.
PHOTO: A virtuous woman is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing to let him rule over her. She leaves it to her own works and happiness around her to praise her. She fears the Lord. The fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul which lasts for ever.
She may oblige all to do their duty to God and one another. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue. She governs herself by the rules of wisdom and can be trusted. She provides well for her house by prudent management of the account, and takes pain and pleasure in her duties. She shall rejoice in a world to come. She is a great blessing to her relations.
The everyday achievements of a 'CEO' who keeps her household functioning day and night by buying, trading, investing, planting, sewing, spindling, managing servants, extending charity, providing food for the family, and preparing for each season. Despite her tremendous contributions, she is humble and does not demand attention to the often-overlooked glory of the everyday. [2]
God by his grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellence here described.
This description let all women daily study, who desire to be truly beloved and respected, useful and honourable.
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This is the description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outlines equally suit every age and nation. She is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing that he rule over her.



The description of a virtuous woman equally suit every age and nation.
PHOTO: The description of a virtuous woman equally suit every age and nation. She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them. She is careful to fill up time, that none be lost. With great qualities and yet humbled herself before her husband and God, worthy of their affections and love.
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Proverbs 31:10-31, Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 [a]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:

29Many 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 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Proverbs 31:10-31, Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character


Matthew Henry Commentary
1. She can be trusted, and he will leave such a wife to manage for him. He is happy in her. And she makes it her constant business to do him good.


The Wife of noble character is someone who can be depended on and can be trusted by her beloved husband to manage the household and family for him (Proverbs 31:11).
PHOTO: The Wife of noble character is someone who can be depended on and can be trusted by her beloved husband to manage the household and family for him (Proverbs 31:11). She applies herself to the duty with all her power. And she makes it her constant business to do him good and not harm. (Proverbs 31:12).
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2. She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them. She is careful to fill up time, that none be lost. She rises early. She applies herself to the business proper for her, to women's business. She does what she does, with all her power, and trifles not.



She rises before dawn, preparing breakfast for family and organising her day (Proverbs 31:15).
PHOTO: She rises before dawn, preparing breakfast for family and organising her day (Proverbs 31:15). God bless our mothers that are up before dawn making our daily life easier.
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She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
PHOTO: "She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." (Proverbs 31:17). She set to do her tasks properly and diligently, bearing in mind her schedules for the whole day.
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3. She makes what she does turn to good account by prudent management. Many undo themselves by buying, without considering whether they can afford it. She provides well for her house. She lays up for hereafter.



A woman of noble character is a woman of wisdom when comes to finance, which she does with prudent management.and is accountable.
PHOTO: A woman of noble character is a woman of wisdom when comes to finance, which she does with prudent management.and is accountable. She is not only mindful of her schedules but also the tight budget control. Resources are scare and opportunity for a good bargain is rare. "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." (Proverbs 31:25).
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She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
PHOTO: "She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard." (Proverbs 31:16). She does not spend blindly, without considering whether her family can afford it.
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4. She looks well to the ways of her household, that she may oblige all to do their duty to God and one another, as well as to her.



She ensures that the ways of her household is in accordance to God's instructions.
PHOTO: She ensures that the ways of her household is in accordance to God's instructions. All those daily acts of faithfulness exhibited by the women in their lives deserves praises from their children and husband. [2]
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Whoever she is, she watches over the affairs of her household diligently and inculcates the fear of the Lord.
PHOTO: Whoever she is, she watches over the affairs of her household diligently and inculcates the fear of the Lord. She is Firm, Consistent, Watchful, Kind and Loving. "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." (Proverbs 31:30).
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5. She is intent upon giving as upon getting, and does it freely and cheerfully.



She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
PHOTO: "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her." (Proverbs 31:27-28). She shoulders love and kindness freely and cheerfully. While she gives love and warmth to those around her, she also receives in return the good measures.
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6. She is discreet and obliging; every word she says, shows she governs herself by the rules of wisdom. She not only takes prudent measures herself, but gives prudent advice to others. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue. Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world.



She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
PHOTO: "She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." (Proverbs 31:26). She is discreet and obliging. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart.
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7. Above all, she fears the Lord. Beauty recommends none to God, nor is it any proof of wisdom and goodness, but it has deceived many a man who made his choice of a wife by it. But the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; it lasts forever.



She fears the Lord and the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; which lasts forever.
PHOTO: She fears the Lord and the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; which lasts forever. It is proof of wisdom and goodness, and man should made his choice of a wife by it.
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8. She has firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments. She shall reflect with comfort when she comes to be old, that she was not idle or useless when young. She shall rejoice in a world to come. She is a great blessing to her relations. If the fruit be good, the tree must have our good word. But she leaves it to her own works to praise her.



Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. 
PHOTO: "Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." (Proverbs 31:31). She overcome all odds and obstacles during her youth. Well in years, she can look forward to more blessing that is descended upon her.
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Every one ought to desire this honour that cometh from God; and according to this standard we all ought to regulate our judgments. This description let all women daily study, who desire to be truly beloved and respected, useful and honourable. This passage is to be applied to individuals, but may it not also be applied to the church of God, which is described as a virtuous spouse? God by his grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellence here described.



The godly wife is a treasure to behold, a beauty to admire, a woman to be greatly to be cherished (quote from Fiercemarriage.com).
PHOTO: The godly wife is a treasure to behold, a beauty to admire, a woman to be greatly to be cherished (quote from Fiercemarriage.com). "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." (Proverbs 31:10). God by his grace has given us, sinful men, to have all the excellence attributes of women in our day to day live.
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Dear Lord, thank You. Your grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellence described in Proverbs 31:10-31.
PHOTO: "Dear Lord, thank You. Your grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellence described in Proverbs 31:10-31. Help us to pay attention to the often-overlooked wisdom and glory of the everyday. We pray that the law of love and kindness be written in our hearts, and that we submit ourselves to be governed by the rules of wisdom from God. Let the fear of God reign in our hearts, to beautify our souls forever. Please help us to come together to receive the great blessing in our relationships with one another, and to rejoice in a world to come. Through Lord Jesus Christ we prayed. Amen!"

Women of noble character in the Bible includes Ruth, Sarah, Deborah, Esther, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, Martha, the Apostle Junia, Priscilla, Phoebe, and Tabitha. Those are women who are bringing their unique gifts, insights, passions, and callings to bring hope and healing to the world. [2]
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Reflection - The Wife of Noble Character (Proverbs 31:10-31)
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Reference

[a]  Proverbs 31:10 Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem (certain letters in each line form a word or words), the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

[1] Proverbs 31:10-31, Posted by Bible Hub, Matthew Henry Commentary, http://biblehub.com/proverbs/31-10.htm

[2] 3 Things You Might Not Know About Proverbs 31, posted by Rachel Held Evans on 12 May 2014, http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/3-things-you-might-not-know-about-proverbs-31

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