The Proverbs 31 Woman

It is hard to believe that the last day of October has arrived.  The 31 days of Proverbs series has challenged me — not just in having to come up with new material daily, but in its content as well.  There are some hard lessons to be learned in Proverbs, and I barely touched the surface!  Of course, the challenging climax is found in the last chapter.  Entire books and websites have been devoted to the “Proverbs 31 Woman.”  Let’s take a look at her, shall we?

Who is the Proverbs 31 woman?   Well, for one, I don’t think she was a real person. I do believe you would be hard-pressed to find a woman who can actually claim to have ALL the amazing traits that this woman displays.  However, all of them are admirable and good, and she is the perfect picture of what a Christian woman should strive to be.  Let’s take a closer look.

Character – We are told that the Proverbs woman:

  • Fears the Lord (vs. 30).
  • Speaks with wisdom (vs. 26).
  • Is full of strength and dignity (vs. 17, 25).
  • Is worth more than rubies (vs. 10).
  • Is not idle (vs. 27).  She wakes early and goes to bed late (vs. 15, 18).
  • Is generous.  She helps the poor and the needy (vs. 20).
  • Lacks nothing of value (vs. 11)
Relationships – How does she get a long with others?
  • She instructs (vs. 26).  I’m guessing she’s a pretty good teacher.
  • Her children call her blessed (vs. 28).  What do your children call you?
  • Her husband praises her (vs. 28) and puts full confidence in her (vs.11).
  • Her husband is also a respected man (vs.23).  Behind every great man is a great woman!
  • She brings him good and not harm (vs.12).
Responsibilities – Quite an extensive list!
  • She provides food for her family and servants (vs. 14-15).
  • She is a seamstress.  She selects her own raw materials, spins fabrics, then makes nice clothes and bedding for her family.  She also makes linen garments that she sells at the market (vs. 13, 19, 21-22, 24).
  • She is a businesswoman (vs. 18, 24) – more on that later.
  • She watches over the affairs of her household (vs. 27).  She takes care of the finances.
  • She plants & gardens (vs. 16-17)
The Proverbs woman is an Entrepreneur.
  • She sells garments that she’s made to merchants (vs. 24)
  • She is profitable in trade (vs. 18), so not only does she sell, she is savvy and smart.
  • She has a good work ethic.  She works vigorously (vs. 17) and with eager hands.
  • She buys property and earns a profit by planting a vineyard (vs. 16).
Just reading about this woman makes me exhausted. She does have servants, so I’m guessing she is a good manager and leader.  Still, I admire her tenacity and the ways she strives.  She is not the type of person to wait for life to happen.  She is on top of things and makes them happen.  She’s a planner.  She’s everything I wish I was (well, except maybe a seamstress), and all aspects of her life provide a good role model for women.
I want to take just a moment and say thank you to everyone who has gone on this journey through Proverbs with me – either silently or not.  I appreciate you sticking with me, and I hope that in some way my posts on Proverbs have challenged or blessed you!

 

 

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One Response to The Proverbs 31 Woman

  1. Heather B. June 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    I think there’s more to the Proverbs 31 woman than people initially realize when just reading the passage. I’ve incidentally been reading a new book by Dr. Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst, called “Kingdom Woman” that has really given me new insights. Right off the bat they talk about the Proverbs 31 woman being the hallmark of kingdom women, “But the Proverbs 31 woman is not the model of a perfect woman. Neither is a kingdom woman called to perfection. Women, you can be a Proverbs 31 woman and more – but that doesn’t mean you do it all at the same time.” They tlk about life flowing through seasons and about getting help, not trying to do it all. It’s really eye-opening. If you’re interested in Dr. Evans’ book, they have information and free devotional downloads at kingdomwomanbook.com. I hope it blesses you as it has blessed me.

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