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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”:

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”:

A brief history of Mother’s Day and a look at mothers in the Bible

May 10, 2015

Proverbs 31--10

History of Mother’s Day:

Always held on the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day is one of the most popular American holidays, but exactly when and where did this holiday begin? The following information is based on an Examiner.com article that looks at the history of Mother’s Day.

In 1907 Anna Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day and persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. Jarvis’ mother had tried to establish Mother’s Friendship Days as a way of dealing with the aftermath of the Civil War. By the next year Mother’s Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia. Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. It was successful, and by 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, officially proclaimed Mother’s Day as a national holiday to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

Mothers in the Bible:

Nowhere is the importance of mothers more clearly revealed than in the Bible. In a number of instances some of the leaders of Israel are set apart because their success or failure in carrying out God’s precepts. One exemplary example is Josiah:

2 Kings 22:1-2:

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.

2And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

In contrast, there are others, such as Jehoahaz:

2 Kings 23:31-32:

Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 32And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

The fact that the mother is mentioned specifically by name, indicates her importance in rearing the individual who ultimately ruled in Israel, for the Queen Mother had considerable influence.

Of course, we also find examples of noteworthy mothers in the New Testament as well, from Elizabeth, the mother of John, the Baptist, to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ to Paul’s affectionate reference to the mother of Rufus, as “his mother and mine.” We are familiar with the powerful impartation upon Timothy, as Paul remarks, “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

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 provides an opportunity express how valuable mothers are in our daily lives. Indeed, we find nothing in life more precious than a mother’s love.

Take a look at this animated version of Proverbs 31:1-10: