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The Virtuous Woman
Bible Passage Proverbs 31:10-31
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Proverbs.

The Virtuous Woman

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached September 2, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? For her value is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband trusts safely in her, so that he shall have no lack of gain.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax, and works willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she brings her food from afar.

15 She also rises while it is still night, and gives food to her household, and a portion to her young maidens.

16 She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

17 She binds her loins with strength and makes her arms strong.

18 She sees that her merchandise is good; her lamp does not go out by night.

19 She lays her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.

20 She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes herself coverings; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes fine linen and sells it, and delivers girdles to the merchants.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her:

29 ‘Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.’

30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

 

BACKGROUND
Much has been written about the Woman of Folly, about foolish, wrong women in the book of Proverbs. In this last chapter, the book concludes with a song of praise for the Woman of Wisdom, for the woman in the full value she has for God, for her husband, and for her children.

This text is often referred to as the scripture of the virtuous woman. In the original (Hebrew) language, Proverbs 31:10-31 is an acrostic. That is, each of the poem’s twenty-two verses begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order.

The woman in this text is the ideal woman every man would prefer. A good wife makes the perfect partner. Her husband, knowing this, trusts in her and depends upon her (verse 10-12). She is kind, clever at buying and selling, diligent, conscientious, and a good manager of the household (verses 13-16).

She is energetic and tireless, both in helping the family with income and in carrying out household tasks (verses 17-19). Though a good businesswoman, she is not hard-hearted. Through careful handling of money, she is not miserly. She gives generous help to the poor and needy (verse 20).

In like manner, this ideal wife is generous towards her family. When making clothes she uses good cloth, so that all in her household look well dressed and, through her foresight, enjoy good protection when bad weather comes. The respect that people have for her husband is due in large measure to her (verse 21-25). Through her wise words, kindness, consideration, diligence, and reverence for God, the family is uplifted. Her children and her husband delight in her and the community at large honors her (verse 26-31).

Wisdom is personified by a woman because the woman is an excellent example of wisdom because of the variety of applications. Wherever she is, her wisdom becomes visible, and in everything she does, we see how wise she is. We see her at home, at the market, in proving charity, and in business. By personalizing wisdom, the writer makes all lessons concrete.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷Women must use God’s breath in them to develop the world and change the world

🔷 Women are not inferior to men. They are God’s image endowed to be strong partners to men in the kingdom’s business and development.

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Thank God for the life of women a
💥 Pray for wisdom and strength for women that in their multitasking, God will bless them

CONCLUSION📙
Women’s role in the development of the family and society is important such that they cannot be ignored. But women must choose whether to apply the wisdom of God or to live foolishly devoid of God. Since women are the first contact in the development of human beings and nurturing children of the family, they must be encouraged and supported to help change the world. The world waits for women of wisdom to affect the world positively.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections