BIBLICAL ROLE OF WOMEN (HOME, CHURCH, SOCIETY)
PART 9: THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN RESPECTS AND HONORS GOD
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
We praise Almighty Jehovah God for yet another day with the Lord. We are eternally grateful for the healing power of God. As we lift up our Father we give tribute to our Savior Jesus Christ and for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We know that God is able to do all things if it is indeed His will. However we know not the will of God and often we know not that we have already received a blessing. Thus we offer a ceaseless prayer of Thanks.
Father we are thankful for the Words of wisdom that reveal the virtuous woman. The Godly woman noted in Proverbs is a composite of womanhood. She is not a plain domestic. This woman has varied abilities. For example as a wife and mother she is also a manufacturer, importer, manager, realtor, farmer, seamstress, upholsterer and merchant. We also note that the strength and ability noted in the Godly woman does not come from her varied achievements. As the virtuous woman respects and honors God her strength is derived from her reverence for God. It is also important to note that the great beauty of this woman is noted in a physical sense. Thus the Godly woman displays great beauty from within.
For within thus the heart rests. The inner beauty of the Godly radiates to an outward display of goodness, compassion and mercy. We will now complete our review of Proverbs 31.
Proverbs 31: 24-27. "She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant."
31:25. "Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come."
31:26. "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness."
31:27. "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eatheth not the bread of idleness."
In verse 24 we see that the Godly woman putting items on the market to gain income for the support of her family. Clothing in verse 25 is defined as a garment. This is noted in a literal or figurative sense. Strength in this verse means security and praise, and honor means magnificent beauty. Thus a good woman is blessed with all of these qualities. (Also see Proverbs 14:26).
In verse 26 we see that a woman that could accomplish these things is a wise person. When this woman speaks it is with wisdom. Meanwhile her instructions come from a mood in compassion and kindness. (Also see Proverbs 11:6).
In verse 27 we see the prominence of the last phrase "bread of idleness." This woman is not idle nor is she lazy. She takes care of her responsibilities. For several companion and related scriptures we turn to Proverbs 6:6-11. We will note the last 3 verses in this bracket of scriptures.
Proverbs 6: 9-11. "How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
6:10. "Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:"
6:11."So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
A sluggard is a person that is lazy. He allows many opportunities to pass by because of his irresponsibility. In these verses the sluggard is told to go and observe the ant. The ant is noted for being industrious. The harvesting ants lay up food. The wisdom and diligence of the harvesting ants are seen in that they work at the best time. Finally we see that a lazy man will not be able to resist poverty that will come upon the idle.
We now resume our review of our primary scripture taken from Proverbs 31.
Proverbs 31:28-31. "Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."
31:29. "Many daughter have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all."
31:30. "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."
31:31. "Give her of the fruit of her hand; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
In verse 28 it is revealed that the children of the Godly woman are not restricted to her off spring. All that become acquainted with her realize that she is a great blessing to world. The phrase "Husband praiseth her," means he acknowledges that she is a true wife and mother. This true wife and mother is committed and has devoted her days to the welfare of her family. In verse 29 we see that the virtuous woman is classed with the best. In fact she is above the best.
In verse 30 we see the blessings that become the virtuous woman who fears the Lord. We note several related scripture taken from the wisdom of Proverbs.
Proverbs 1:7. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
Proverbs 8: 13. "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate."
In our final verse taken from Proverbs 31 we see that the righteous woman should be given praise and credit for her goodness. She should be commended and all people should be told of her goodness as a wife. (Also see Psalms 128: 2-3).
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