"She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple." Proverbs 31:21-22
As I was researching these verses and studying out different translations for the word "scarlet," my first thought was Why would color matter in the cold. It doesn't. If you study further, you will find that a better translation for that word would be "double thickness." According to the Contemporary Jewish Bible, it translates "doubly clothed," which makes more sense. This godly woman prepares her household for the weather. She makes sure that they have the proper attire to weather the elements.
When we read verse 22, it follows along with verse 21 in that the word "tapestry" refers to bed coverings or quilts. She not only prepares her family for the elements, but her home, as well. Her family feels comfortable when they are there.
The second part of this verse refers to the way this wonderful, godly woman dresses. Now, when you look at the verse, it translates "fine linen and purple," which refers to the finest clothing. I believe it is not necessarily talking about the expense of the clothes, but rather how she wears them. She represents her husband and wants him to be proud of her. She would not be scantily cloud or dress in a way to offend him or others. (I truly believe this is also referring to the church as the bride of Christ, who is her husband, in a spiritual sense. The Proverbs 31 woman is an example for us to follow as Christians, female or male.) It is not only her clothing, but her demeanor and attitude that she wears that should befit a Christian.
So, how does this pertain to us today? I realize we live in a different world then they did in Jesus' time, but the principles are still the same. We are to take care of our home and families. They should be our number one priority. It is an important calling and we should never be ashamed of that. We should make our husbands proud and never try to give a bad impression of him by the way we dress and act. Our behavior should be fitting a godly woman who loves the Lord and displays that in all aspects of her life.
I realize that most of this study pertains to married women who have homes and children. However, the Proverbs 31 woman can be an example to every woman. You may not be married, or maybe you are married but have no children. Either way, you can be a light to others around you by following the example of this lady. Your attitude and demeanor are seen by many on a daily basis. Let them see Jesus through you. This is something each and everyone of us can aspire to in our lives.