The wife of noble character (NIV, NLT)The virtuous woman (KJVR)A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman (Amplified)
She is creative and resourceful, hardworking and determined. She is a successful entrepreneur but never solely for her own interests. Rather, she willingly gives back to her family. The Lord has given her what she needs. Though discovering those talents might be a challenge, she hones them to perfection. She is always ready and prepared to do the Lord’s work. She sacrifices for her family.
The virtuous woman ensures that her family and household are well taken care of and she is well kept and presentable. She provides support, respect and encouragement to her husband. The old adage, “behind every successful man is a loving wife” stands true in this woman’s life.
Why don’t you walk with me? Though we may be a long way from being the woman described in this chapter, so many benefits can come from striving to become such a strong, capable, giving, productive woman.
The Wife of Noble Character (Proverbs Chapter 31)
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.