As promised, I want to begin sharing my study of the Proverbs 31 woman. I would like to take each verse and study it in depth, instead of throwing everything out there at once. We will begin at verse 10 and work our way through 31. Though the identity of who King Lemuel was is unknown (some believe it may be a pen name for King Solomon), I do find it interesting, however, to note that it was King Lemuel's mother that imparted her wisdom to her son. "The words of king Lemuel , the prophecy that his mother taught him." (Proverbs 31:1) I believe that she probably prayed for her son and desired to see him find a good wife. Her words made an impact on him, for he wrote about it in the book of Proverbs. (Ladies, we do influence the next generation by our actions and words. Our children are listening and watching! Be careful what you say and do.)
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10
When we hear the word "virtuous," most of us think of "virtue" or chaste. We have this image of a meek woman who walks around in the shadow of her husband, never arguing or disagreeing. She speaks with a soft voice and is very demure. However, the word "virtuous," in this verse, comes from the Hebrew word chayil, meaning "a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, valor, strength; able, activity, army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, valiant (ly), valour, virtous(ly), war, worthy(ily)."
In other words, "Who can find a strong, able, mighty woman of substance ? for her price is far above rubies?" She was a force to be reckoned with!! She was a woman who took her calling as a wife and mother very seriously! This lady was not lazy, either. She was strong and able! Strong and able to do what? She kept her home in order. She used the resources that were available to nurture her children and be a help meet for her husband. I believe, too, that when this woman prayed, she prayed with a loud voice and made her requests known. "Defeat" was not in her vocabulary.
According to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, "rubies" were the same as pearls. Both are costly gems! According to some experts, pearls are worth more than diamonds in today's market! A virtuous woman, according to Proverbs 31:10, is more valuable than rubies and pearls!!
We may not have wealth, fancy houses or cars, ladies, but our actions and example will far outweigh material possessions any day! This generation needs strong women who will fight for our homes, our children, and our husbands! To those of you who are single or have no children, this generation needs you!! We need your example of a lady who puts her Lord first and who waits on Him! We need you to show the next generation that what God desires for your life is more important than what you desire and that He will give you the best in due season!!
My desire is for each of us to strive to be that "virtuous" lady. I hope that you gleaned a little wisdom from this posting. If you have any comments or would like to discuss it further, please feel free to contact me! Until next time, God bless you all!