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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:There was no question in my mind which Scripture I wanted to focus upon today... The portion of Proverbs 31 which presents the iconic "Proverbs 31 Woman" is definately it... The woman described in Proverbs 31 is beautiful, honorable, trustworthy, efficient, tireless, a supportive and wonderful wife, a praiseworthy mother, godly, smart, has a good head for business, virtuous, pure, gracious, generous, kind, hard-working, talented, and blessed. WOW! The woman described in this chapter is the ideal to which every woman should prayerfully aim to be. But, actually, it's deeper than that, the Proverbs 31 woman isn't just depicting the ideal Christian wife, she is also depicting the saved people of God - the Bride of Christ. God is Calling each one of us to not just admire the Proverbs 31 woman - but to BE the Proverbs 31 woman!
Frankly, this is a standard - an ideal - which is beyond the grasp of even the best of us! But, by God's Grace, it can be achieved. And this is the woman God is waiting for. This is the woman He's coming back for...
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
As you watch the following video, a few of the deeper, spiritual meanings in the above verses will be revealed. You may be blessed to study some of the other verses, not mentioned in the video and share what you find in the comments. Happy studying!