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Stepping into Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 was written by Lemuel (who is possibly King Solomon); it is advice from his mother about the qualities he should look for and value in a woman.

Wives, try substituting your name in place of "she." [We have added thoughts in brackets to make it culturally relatable.]

A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax [provides for her family's needs]
    and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar [providing for her family through her sacrifice].
She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants [She provides, also, for those who help her].
She considers a field and buys it [She makes investment decisions with forethought];
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard [She plans and uses her money for future provision].
She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks [She is not lazy; she keeps physically fit].
She sees that her trading [business deal] is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers [works hard].
She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple [She dresses respectably].
Her husband is respected at the city gate [within the community],
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes [works by providing for others].
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come [She has joy and does not worry about the future (because, as stated earlier, she has done much to prepare for the future).].
She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue [She offers solid advice].
She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness [She is not lazy and does not waste her use of time].
Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting [Her worth is not on her physical attributes];
    but a woman who fears the Lord [desires to obey and honor God] is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate [within her community].