Proverbs 31: The ideal woman, something to aspire to.

Proverbs 31: The ideal woman, something to aspire to.

As you know I am a Christian and as such I believe all scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy).  So, in the Old Testament book of Proverbs, at the very end of the book (Chapter 31:11 is where it starts) there is a description of what is considered the ideal woman.  And I can tell you right now, I don’t live up to it, but I aspire to.  It describes a woman that I don’t think any one woman can become; I think it serves as a guide on what to aspire to, like I said.   I’m going to spend the next few posts on Fridays and go through the verses (3 at a time) and try to explain them to make them applicable for today.  Consider it a practical guide to Proverbs 31 if you will.  I am not trying to rewrite the scripture, just maybe give my 2 cents worth on what they mean and how they may apply to you.  You’d be surprised what is covered in these verses, of how God sees the ideal woman.  I found it surprising when I re-read it myself within the last few years.  So, as promised, the first three verses:

Verse 11: “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value”

This one is pretty self-evident.  Now, please if you’re single, more power to you.  All it means is that you have good character so people have confidence in you and what you say.  That you will do right by people and provide value to their life.

Verse 12: “She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”

Again, this is self-evident.  Do your best to do good to all people all of your days.  Do good, don’t do harm – pretty much the end of the discussion.

Verse 13: “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.”

Work hard and use good judgement.  Not necessarily creating garments of wool, of course, but simply work hard and use good judgement at whatever it is you do.

These three verses are pretty self-explanatory – I’m not rewriting spiritual commentary here by trying to explain what these mean.  I am simply making you aware that God has an ideal of what women are to be and that if you aspire to be Godly than do your best to adhere to them.  As I said before, I do not live up to the description in this passage, not even close, but I try.  And that is all God wants you to do, try.  But, these verses are good for any woman – they transcend scripture and help all of us be better wives, mothers, and people.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

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