Posts Tagged ‘Proverbs 31’

Who can find a virtuous wife?

May 12, 2017

Proverbs 31--10

One of the most dramatic portraits of an ideal wife and mother is found in Proverbs 31 where we find the Verse of the Day for May 12, 2017:

Proverbs 31:10, 27-28 (NKJV):

10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.

27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

The celebrated passage asks a question in Verse 10, and subsequent verses provide the answer.

Solomon’s words of wisdom indicate that she is priceless, implying that as a good wife and mother, the woman so described is of inestimable worth. Mother’s Day and other occasions provide an opportunity to express how valuable wives and mothers are in our daily lives. Here are a number of renderings of this often quoted verse.

Proverbs 31:10 (Amplified Bible)

An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls.

English Standard Version:

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

Expanded Bible:

It is hard to [Who can…?] find a ·good [noble; virtuous] wife [Ruth 3:11], because she is worth more than ·rubies [or pearls].

New Life Version:

Who can find a good wife? For she is worth far more than rubies that make one rich.

The Voice:

Who can find a truly excellent woman? One who is superior in all that she is and all that she does? Her worth far exceeds that of rubies and expensive jewelry.

According to the Comprehensive Guide to Buying Rubies on Ebay,

. . . Rubies are one of the most expensive and sought after of all gems.  Rubies have been loved for thousands of years According to The Bible a Ruby was the chief stone in Aaron’s Breastplate and the stone of Judah. Because Israel’s king came from Judah, the ruby came to be associated with royalty.

Prior to the 20th century, rubies were considered more valuable than diamonds, and in the mid-16th century a fine ruby was priced at eight times more valuable than a comparable diamond.   Today an exceptionally fine ruby of three carats or more will still command a higher price than a diamond of the same size.

Proverbs 31 goes on to comment on the character of this noble, resourceful woman and the response of her children and her husband:

Proverbs 31:27-28 (NKJV)

27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

Proverbs 31 offers these closing comments on the fleeting nature of beauty:

Proverbs 31:30-31:

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

30 Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the product of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city].

We close with a musical description of the “Proverbs 31 Woman”:

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Far above rubies

May 13, 2016

Proverbs 31--10

One of the most dramatic portraits of an ideal wife and mother is found in Proverbs 31:10 which asks a question, and subsequent verses provide the answer:

 Who can find a virtuous wife?

For her worth is far above rubies.

This passage indicates that she is priceless, implying that as a good wife and mother, the woman so described is of inestimable worth. Mother’s Day and other occasions provide an opportunity to express just how valuable wives and mothers are in our daily lives. Here are a number of renderings of the celebrated passage.

Proverbs 31:10 (Amplified Bible)

An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls.

English Standard Version:

 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

Expanded Bible:

 It is hard to [Who can…?] find a good [noble; virtuous] wife [Ruth 3:11], because she is worth more than ·rubies [or pearls].

New Life Version:

Who can find a good wife? For she is worth far more than rubies that make one rich.

The Voice:

 Who can find a truly excellent woman? One who is superior in all that she is and all that she does? Her worth far exceeds that of rubies and expensive jewelry.

According to the Comprehensive Guide to Buying Rubies on Ebay,

. . . Rubies are one of the most expensive and sought after of all gems.  Rubies have been loved for thousands of years According to The Bible a Ruby was the chief stone in Aaron’s Breastplate and the stone of Judah. Because Israel’s king came from Judah, the ruby came to be associated with royalty.

Prior to the 20th century, rubies were considered more valuable than diamonds, and in the mid-16th century a fine ruby was priced at eight times more valuable than a comparable diamond.   Today an exceptionally fine ruby of three carats or more will still command a higher price than a diamond of the same size.

Proverbs 31 goes on to comment on the character of this noble, resourceful woman and the response of her children and her husband:

Proverbs 31:27-28 (NKJV) has this to say:

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

The Verse of the Day for May 13, 2016 offers closing comments on the fleeting nature of beauty:

Proverbs 31:30 (KJV):

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

The Amplified Bible says this:

Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.

Listen this description of a “Proverbs 31 Woman”:

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 7

May 21, 2013
This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This morning as I start to think about wisdom in Proverbs, I recognized that wisdom is portrayed as a woman in the first nine chapters of the book, as the entire message concludes with the 31st chapter which offers the magnificent portrait of the epitome of wisdom displayed in the “virtuous woman.”

Lady Wisdom

In researching the personification of wisdom as a woman, I discovered a discussion by Bryony Taylor, who asks, “Why is wisdom personified as a woman in the Old Testament book of Proverbs?” The text is an undergraduate essay that she wrote for her BA in Theology & Ministry. One of her references speaks of the image of “Lady Wisdom,” a term that I use in the poetic entry for the daily dose of “words to the wise” for Day 7:

Come, Dine with Lady Wisdom

Come and dine with me,” Jesus said.      

Come and dine with me,” Jesus said.

“I’ve prepared a table to set before you. “

“Come and dine with me,” Jesus said.

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[New American Standard Bible] Proverbs 8:18

                              

Come, dine with Lady Wisdom, consummate hostess.

She invites you to partake of her sumptuous feast.

All who eat at her table will know great success.

For Wisdom is principal: the first and not the least.

Come, be satisfied at her banqueting table.

Eat and drink—those who hunger and thirst she will fill

With fruit from above—gentle, pure and peaceable.

To give long life is the pleasure of her perfect will.

Come, buy without money and purchase without price.

The gracious Lady freely gives to those who ask.

From her bounty she has more than enough to suffice.

Your goblet will ever overflow from her flask.

“Come and dine with me, Wisdom calls throughout the lands.

Glory, honor, wealth and favor flow from her hands.

Today’s blog entry concludes with a YouTube video of a tribute for Mother’s Day 2007 from Cornerstone City Church, containing excerpts from the God’s Word Translation of Proverbs 31 with background music.