Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January 31: Proverbs 31

I hate this woman:

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
   and works with eager hands. 

She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading 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.
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.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come. 

She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
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:
“Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 

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

Coincidently, over at Stuff Christian's Like, Jon referenced Prov 31 today too. He added a few lines and "remixed" it. 
I love this addition:

1. She does not dress a dog in “ensembles.”
I’m not sure if this is Biblical, but when Proverbs 31:24 says, “She makes linen garments and sells them,” they should add “but does not weave matching ensembles that both she and her purse dog wear.” Every time I see a dog wearing a sweater/sock/visor combo I hug my wife and tell her I love her.

He's asked his readers what they would add to this batch of verses and the comment section is so fun to read:
Sample: the Proverbs 31 woman strikes me as a bit insane. A clothing designer and producer, farmer/landowner, entrepreneur, volunteer, cook, counselor, teacher, mother, she’s always smiling and happy, and she apparently doesn’t sleep (v. 18)or ever take a break.
No pressure ladies.
I would be happy if my wife “fears the Lord”, likes to do stuff, likes “Stuff Christians like”, and lets me watch sports sometimes.


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