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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:29-31

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of King Lemuel: The Excellence Of A Godly Influential Woman: Proverbs 31:29-31

29) Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30) Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth 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.

King Lemuel now turns our attention to advice, given from His mother, to help us understand the preciousness and importance of “virtuous” women.

What does “virtuous” mean?  This is a term that carries with it the idea of “force” or “influence”.  It is translated in the Bible as: “army”, “company”, “force”, “might”, “strength”, “valor”, among others.  The main thrust of this term is teaching us that this type of woman is a tremendous force for good in society.  Not only does she bring profit to herself and her family, but she is profitable to all those around her.  This is why she is described as “virtuous”.

 

EXPOSITION:

29) Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
1.  There is an abundance of female relatives that perform individual acts that influence others.
2.  But it is the virtuous woman who excels over others.

One of the great hallmarks of a truly virtuous woman is the performance of beneficial works for her family and those around her AS A WAY OF LIFE.  It is this attribute of the virtuous woman that causes her to be exalted above all other women who perform singular acts of kindness towards others.

S. A virtuous woman consistently works to benefit those to whom she comes into contact.

My dove, my undefiled is [but] one; she [is] the [only] one of her mother, she [is] the choice [one] of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; [yea], the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.”  (Song of Solomon 6:9)

 

30) Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
1.  Acts of kindness can be used fraudulently and physical beauty has no long term benefits
2.  A woman who reverences the Lord is the one who shall be commended

Both random acts of kindness and physical beauty can be used selfishly to manipulate others.  Although they may work in the short term, neither will bring lasting, eternal benefits.  But when a woman properly reverences the Lord, and in doing so lives a virtuous life, she shall be honored by men and be the recipient of eternal rewards from the Lord.

T.  A virtuous woman will receive temporal honor from men and eternal rewards from the Lord for her consistently beneficial works among men.

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and

will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”   (1 Corinthians 4:5)

 

31) Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
1.  Give back to her in like kind as she has done for you.
2.  Allow her works to speak for themselves.  In doing so, they will bring honor and respect upon her from those in high position in the community.

The Godly woman’s works are proof of her life’s goal….
1.  Give herself to the service of the Lord by…
2.  using her God-given talents, gifts and calling to assist her family and others while…
3.  giving no thought to herself.

This is the ultimate goal that is given to all of us from the Lord, and it is wonderfully accomplished in the life of a virtuous woman…

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  (Matthew 22:37-40)

U.  The virtuous woman’s works will speak for themselves, bringing to her the honor of men and rewards of the Lord.

 

SUMMARY:

In a study, so far, these are the qualities that are possessed by a Godly “woman of influence”:
A.  A virtuous woman will faithfully care for her family and make certain their needs are supplied.
B.  A virtuous woman will always work for the benefit of her husband’s and family’s reputation and well-being.
C.  A virtuous woman plays the role of manufacturer for her family.
D.  A virtuous woman holds the position of purchaser for the family.
E.  A virtuous woman holds the position of manager/laborer working long hours of labor and oversight.
F.  A virtuous woman has the position of business owner and farmer exercising asset oversight and profitability
G.  A virtuous woman seeks to excel in every area of her life through self-improvement and preparation
H.  A virtuous woman shows she is diligent by making the most of every opportunity to be productive.
I.  A virtuous woman is humble: performing mundane tasks, setting the example, and instructing others.
J.  A virtuous woman is sacrificial, kind, charitable to the needy that may cross her path.
K.  The virtuous woman plans ahead to meet her family’s future needs.
L.  A virtuous woman can satisfy many of her desires through the use of her talents and abilities.
M.  A virtuous woman will possess a testimony that brings respect to her husband and family.
N.  A virtuous woman is faithful to the Lord in her professional calling and possession of a Christ-like testimony.
O.  A virtuous woman has a Godly testimony that influences others.
P.  A virtuous woman speaks beneficial words out of a heart of live, respect and a desire to help those in need.
Q.  A virtuous woman lives a live of service to meet the needs of her family
R.  A virtuous woman finds her greatest respect among those closest to her
S. A virtuous woman consistently works to benefit those to whom she comes into contact.
T.  A virtuous woman will receive honor from men and eternal rewards from the Lord for her works among men.
U.  The virtuous woman’s works will speak for themselves, bringing her the honor of men and rewards of the Lord.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

This concludes our study from the book of Proverbs.  Thank you so much for taking part in our devotional series.   May the Lord give us grace to live out these principles in our everyday living.  May the Lord bless you.

Beginning January 2nd we will be posting devotions from the book of Ephesians with “Reflections of His grace” as the main theme of the devotionals.  

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:24-28

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of King Lemuel: A Godly Influencial Woman Is Appreciated For Her Many Endeavors and Talents: Proverbs 31:24-28

24) She maketh fine linen, and selleth [it]; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25) Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26) She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness. 27) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.  

King Lemuel now turns our attention to advice, given from His mother, to help us understand the preciousness and importance of “virtuous” women.

What does “virtuous” mean?  This is a term that carries with it the idea of “force” or “influence”.  It is translated in the Bible as: “army”, “company”, “force”, “might”, “strength”, “valor”, among others.  The main thrust of this term is teaching us that this type of woman is a tremendous force for good in society.  Not only does she bring profit to herself and her family, but she is profitable to all those around her.  This is why she is described as “virtuous”.

EXPOSITION: 24) She maketh fine linen, and selleth [it]; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

A virtuous business woman:

1.  She creates quality wrappings and sells it

2.  and turns over bindings to the sellers.

 

Here we see some marks of a virtuous business woman are:

1.  creation of goods that are needed (and wanted) by others

2.  creation of goods of quality

3.  selling her goods to the public or to the merchants (making her goods available to those who need them)

4.  Bringing in a reasonable profit for the benefit of their family which is their first priority.

This example shows us clearly that being a Godly, virtuous woman is not limited to homemakers, but reach into the professional world as well.  Keep in mind, in it just like every area of Christian service… different Christians are called to different areas of service for Christ.  Some women are called into the field of business to be a Christ-like light in the midst of sin darkened business world.  Others are equally as virtuous in the fields of communication, medical, and homemaking…actually the list in unending.

The main point is this all CAN BE EQUALLY virtuous based upon their level of faithfulness to God’s calling and the Christ like testimony that they hold in the field to which they are called.  But in every case, the virtuous woman’s first responsibility is to her family, meeting their needs and raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

N.  A virtuous woman is faithful to the Lord in her professional calling and her possession of a Christ-like testimony.

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”   (Romans 12:11)  

 

25) Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

A virtuous woman is influential…

1.  The ability to complete a given task and the respect given to her by others is the force behind her influence

2.  Her Godly influence will bring to her lasting joy and peace

A virtuous woman’s Godly testimony is a force of great influence among her family, friends and others who have the privilege of knowing her.  As they see her successful life of service to the Lord, it brings to her great respect and joy knowing her life is not lived in vain.

O.  A virtuous woman has a Godly testimony that influences others.

But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”  (1 Timothy 2:10)  

 

26) She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.

A virtuous woman possesses Godly speech…

1.  Her open mouth is a source of great wisdom

2.  Her tongue fulfills its responsibility to be kind, merciful and caring to others.

The speech and lifestyle of a virtuous woman is in alignment with the teachings of Paul…  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”  (Colossians 4:5-6)

P.  A virtuous woman speaks beneficial words out of a heart of live, respect and a desire to help those in need.

Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.  For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.”   (1 Peter 3:8-12)  

 

27) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

A virtuous woman’s first priority is the welfare of her family…

1.  She leans forward intently watching over the path taken by her family members

2.  She does not make wasting of time and opportunity a part of her life.

The virtuous woman is always busy meeting her family’s needs and never finds time to “lean on her shovel” wasting her life and opportunities of service set before her.

Q.  A virtuous woman lives a live of service to meet the needs of her family

Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.  But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;  Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.  And withal they learn [to be] idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.  I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.  For some are already turned aside after Satan.”  (1 Timothy 5:10-15)  

 

28) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.

A virtuous woman finds her greatest respect among those closest to her:

1.  Her children stand in her honor

2.  Her children verbally speak good of her and desire the best for her

3.  Her husband joins the children in causing her to shine in the eyes of others through his speech and actions.

This is a very important point and a good place to stop our study for today.  A truly virtuous woman DESERVES all the praise, honor and respect that can be given to her.   Her family is obligated to give her these things.  THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR A FAMILY TO TAKE A VIRTUOUS WOMAN FOR GRANTED, NOR TO DISRESPECT HER IN ANY WAY.

This applies to when the family is in public and also in the privacy of their home.  A Godly, virtuous woman is of unspeakable value and is to be treated as such at all times.

This applies as well to Godly men and Godly children. These are all very rare commodities in today’s society and desire the greatest amount of love and respect from those who are the closest to them. This principle applies to children as well. It is very important for GODLY PARENTS OR GODLY CHILDREN to be given the respect and honor that they deserve.  This begins by showing respect to one another in all public and private situations.  When a child complains about their Godly parents, or vice versa, in public or private, they are showing them great disrespect.  It is a matter of respect, love and loyalty to each other and the Lord.

Just a personal note on this…  I do count my wife as the most virtuous woman that I know.  We both observe an unspoken rule to NEVER speak ill of each other to others.  I can honestly say I have never complained,  nor “whined” to others about my wife.  (She makes this very easy for me to do, since there is nothing I have to complain about). To my knowledge, she has done the same for me as well. I trust her in this and I have been told by others “all she does is say good things about you” confirming my trust. I am only sharing this to say that it is possible to live this way as a habitual lifestyle and, actually, very easy to do when your spouse deserves such respect.

Over the years, I have seen the same thing from a variety of Godly couples. This is, normally but not always, those who are older couples who have learned over the years to appreciate their Godly spouses. Similarly I have seen Godly men, Godly women or Godly children whose family did not appreciate them, spoke against them in public, and brought them undeserved shame and embarrassment.  In my way of thinking, this is one of the most difficult situations to live under for a Godly person. To have your closest loved ones take you for granted and talk ill of your Godly living is a travesty.  It should bring sorrow to the heart of all those who are saved by God’s grace and understand the value of those who live virtuous lives for His glory.

R.  A virtuous woman finds her greatest respect among those closest to her Blessed [are] they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.”   (Psalms 84:4)

SUMMARY: In a study, so far, these are the qualities that are possessed by a Godly “woman of influence”:

A.  A virtuous woman will faithfully care for her family and make certain their needs are supplied.

B.  A virtuous woman will always work for the benefit of her husband’s and family’s reputation and well-being.

C.  A virtuous woman plays the role of manufacturer for her family.

D.  A virtuous woman holds the position of purchaser for the family.

E.  A virtuous woman holds the position of manager/laborer working long hours of labor and oversight.

F.  A virtuous woman has the position of business owner and farmer exercising asset oversight and profitability

G.  A virtuous woman seeks to excel in every area of her life through self-improvement and preparation

H.  A virtuous woman shows she is diligent by making the most of every opportunity to be productive.

I.  A virtuous woman is humble: performing mundane tasks, setting the example, and instructing others.

J.  A virtuous woman is sacrificial, kind, charitable to the needy that may cross her path.

K.  The virtuous woman plans ahead to meet her family’s future needs.

L.  A virtuous woman can satisfy many of her desires through the use of her talents and abilities.

M.  A virtuous woman will possess a testimony that brings respect to her husband and family.

N.  A virtuous woman is faithful to the Lord in her professional calling and possession of a Christ-like testimony.

O.  A virtuous woman has a Godly testimony that influences others.

P.  A virtuous woman speaks beneficial words out of a heart of live, respect and a desire to help those in need.

Q.  A virtuous woman lives a live of service to meet the needs of her family

R.  A virtuous woman finds her greatest respect among those closest to her

 

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve. May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”. SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/ SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/ SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:21-23

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of King Lemuel: A Godly Influencial Woman Brings Honor To Her Family: Proverbs 31:21-23

21) She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household [are] clothed with scarlet.
22) She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple.
23) Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

 

King Lemuel now turns our attention to advice, given from His mother, to help us understand the preciousness and importance of “virtuous” women.

What does “virtuous” mean?  This is a term that carries with it the idea of “force” or “influence”.  It is translated in the Bible as: “army”, “company”, “force”, “might”, “strength”, “valor”, among others.  The main thrust of this term is teaching us that this type of woman is a tremendous force for good in society.  Not only does she bring profit to herself and her family, but she is profitable to all those around her.  This is why she is described as “virtuous”.

EXPOSITION:

21) She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household [are] clothed with scarlet.
1.  She does not dread when snow comes
2.  She has prepared her family for bad weather with the finest of doubled garments

The virtuous woman does not simply give “lip service” to the meeting of her family’s needs, but looks ahead and prepares for her family’s needs before they take place.  By doing so, she can make the best possible preparations to meet her family’s needs.

K.  The virtuous woman plans ahead to meet her family’s future needs.

[As] he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so [is] he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.”   (Proverbs 25:20)

 

22) She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple.
1.  She creates handmade woven coverings to decorate her house
2.  She also creates beautiful clothing of fine materials

She not only meets the needs of others, but she is able to satisfy many of her personal desires as well.  A virtuous woman is talented in decorating her home and creating her own fashions.   She is able to create that which is pleasing and satisfying to herself.

L.  A virtuous woman can satisfy many of her desires through the use of her talents and abilities.

The king’s daughter [is] all glorious within: her clothing [is] of wrought gold.”   (Psalms 45:13)

 

23) Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
1.  Her labors on her husband’s behalf brings honor to him from those who enter the city.  He is respected not only for his personal accomplishments but also for his wisdom in marrying such a woman as this.
2.  The honor and respect given to him results in him being given a place among the authority holders of the city.

A virtuous woman will enhance the respect and honor that is given to her husband.  She will show him to be wise and blessed having a wife such as her.  She will possess a testimony that will bring no embarrassment upon her husband or her family, but will only cause them to appreciate her for her faithfulness, support and assistance on their behalf.

M.  A virtuous woman will possess a testimony that brings respect to her husband and family.

A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.”   (Proverbs 12:4)

SUMMARY:

In a study, so far, these are the qualities that are possessed by a Godly “woman of influence”:
A.  A virtuous woman will faithfully care for her family and make certain their needs are supplied.
B.  A virtuous woman will always work for the benefit of her husband’s and family’s reputation and well-being.
C.  A virtuous woman plays the role of manufacturer for her family.
D.  A virtuous woman holds the position of purchaser for the family.
E.  A virtuous woman holds the position of manager/laborer working long hours of labor and oversight.
F.  A virtuous woman has the position of business owner and farmer exercising asset oversight and profitability
G.  A virtuous woman seeks to excel in every area of her life through self-improvement and preparation
H.  A virtuous woman shows she is diligent by making the most of every opportunity to be productive.
I.  A virtuous woman is humble: performing mundane tasks, setting the example, and instructing others.
J.  A virtuous woman is sacrificial, kind, charitable to the needy that may cross her path.
K.  The virtuous woman plans ahead to meet her family’s future needs.
L.  A virtuous woman can satisfy many of her desires through the use of her talents and abilities.
M.  A virtuous woman will possess a testimony that brings respect to her husband and family.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:17-20

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of King Lemuel: The Strength And Kindness Of A Godly Influencial Woman: Proverbs 31:17-20

17) She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18) She perceiveth that her merchandise [is] good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19) She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20) She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

King Lemuel now turns our attention to advice, given from His mother, to help us understand the preciousness and importance of “virtuous” women.

What does “virtuous” mean?  This is a term that carries with it the idea of “force” or “influence”.  It is translated in the Bible as: “army”, “company”, “force”, “might”, “strength”, “valor”, among others.  The main thrust of this term is teaching us that this type of woman is a tremendous force for good in society.  Not only does she bring profit to herself and her family, but she is profitable to all those around her.  This is why she is described as “virtuous”.

EXPOSITION:

17) She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
1.  She belts upon her waist power and ability
2.  She fortifies her arms

A virtuous woman will always seek to improve herself by building up her weak areas.  She will not be content with mediocrity, but she always seeks to be prepared to accomplish whatever task is set before her.

G.  A virtuous woman seeks to excel in every area of her life through self-improvement and preparation

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”  (Ephesians 6:10)

 

18) She perceiveth that her merchandise [is] good: her candle goeth not out by night.
1.  She recognizes the work of her hands is of high quality
2.  She keeps the candle burning late into the night.

She is diligent, using every opportunity to be productive. She shows her diligence through honest self accessment and a hatred of laziness.  Because of her merchandise is of high quality and profitable, her candle can burn all night without her running out of oil.

H.  A virtuous woman shows she is diligent by making the most of every opportunity to be productive.

They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.  But the wise answered, saying, [Not so]; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”   (Matthew 25:3-10)

 

19) She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
1.  She uses her hand to turn the wheel of the spinning wheel
2.  She wraps the spun wool upon the rod she holds in her hands

In those days the spinning of wool into thread was a very laborious and monotonous task that was commonly performed by the servants of low degree.   A virtuous woman is humble doing tasks that many would say are “beneath her”.  She is very knowledgeable in all the tasks of the home and is able to set the example and instruct others on how to perform them.

I.  A virtuous woman is humble: willing to perform mundane tasks, setting the example, and instructing those under her authority.

And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, [both] of blue, and of purple, [and] of scarlet, and of fine linen.  And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ [hair].”  (Exodus 35:25-26)

 

20) She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
1.  She holds out her hand to help lift the discouraged and weak
2.  She reaches out an open hand to those needy and destitute.

Not only does a virtuous woman give sacrificially for the benefit of her husband and family, she also willingly gives on behalf of those who are hurting (emotionally, physically, financially).  She takes the time to notice those who have needs around her.  She evaluates their situation and then works to do what is necessary to help them in their time of need.

J.  A virtuous woman is sacrificial, kind, charitable to the needy that may cross her path.

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”   (Acts 20:35)

 

SUMMARY:

In a study, so far, these are the qualities that are possessed by a Godly “woman of influence”:
A.  A virtuous woman will faithfully care for her family and make certain their needs are supplied.
B.  A virtuous woman will always work for the benefit of her husband’s and family’s reputation and well-being.
C.  A virtuous woman plays the role of manufacturer for her family.
D.  A virtuous woman holds the position of purchaser for the family.
E.  A virtuous woman holds the position of manager/laborer working long hours of labor and oversight.
F.  A virtuous woman has the position of business owner and farmer exercising asset oversight and profitability
G.  A virtuous woman seeks to excel in every area of her life through self-improvement and preparation
H.  A virtuous woman shows she is diligent by making the most of every opportunity to be productive.
I.  A virtuous woman is humble: performing mundane tasks, setting the example, and instructing others.
J.  A virtuous woman is sacrificial, kind, charitable to the needy that may cross her path.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:13-16

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of King Lemuel: A Godly Influencial Woman In The Business Of Her Family: Proverbs 31:13-16

13) She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14) She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16) She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

 

 King Lemuel now turns our attention to advice, given from His mother, to help us understand the preciousness and importance of “virtuous” women.

What does “virtuous” mean?  This is a term that carries with it the idea of “force” or “influence”.  It is translated in the Bible as: “army”, “company”, “force”, “might”, “strength”, “valor”, among others.  The main thrust of this term is teaching us that this type of woman is a tremendous force for good in society.  Not only does she bring profit to herself and her family, but she is profitable to all those around her.  This is why she is described as “virtuous”.

 

EXPOSITION:

13) She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
1.  The virtuous woman seeks out wool and linen thread
2.  She is willingly to manufactures her families’ needs from raw materials.

The virtuous woman must be adept with working with her hands to meet the needs of her family.  She is willing to physically labor to supply that which is necessary for her families existence and comfort.  In this case, it is making them quality clothing from the material and thread she has purchased.

C. The virtuous woman plays the role of manufacturer for her family.

And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;”   (1 Thessalonians 4:11)

 

14) She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
1.  The virtuous woman is like the ships bringing the goods of merchants from afar.
2.  So too, she willingly travels to find the proper materials at the right price to meet her families needs.

The virtuous is knowledgeable in quality and value of the goods she purchases, as well as the location where they can be found.  She uses this knowledge to make purchases of high quality and value.

D.  The virtuous woman holds the position of purchaser for the family.

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”   (Proverbs 18:9)

 

15) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
1.  The virtuous woman awakens and begins her labor before sunrise
2.  She prepares the food for her family and others under her authority

The virtuous woman puts in long hours in the process of meeting the needs of her family.  She must be the first to awaken and the last to retire making sure her family’s needs are met from their arising to going to bed at night.

E.  A virtuous woman holds the position of manager/laborer working long hours in her pursuit to lovingly, sacrificially care for those under her watchcare.

And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season?”   (Luke 12:42)

 

 

16) She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
1.  She closely examines a field and purchases it
2.  With her personal labor she plants a vineyard

A virtuous woman enters into wise business transactions, and oversees the use of that which she owns.  She  invests of the families assets and her personal labor to bring benefits to be shared by all the family members.

F.  A virtuous woman holds the position of business owner and farmer entering into business transactions and exercising oversight of lands and laboring in fields assuring they bring lasting benefit to her family.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”  (Matthew 13:44)

 

SUMMARY:

In a study, so far, these are the qualities that are possessed by a Godly “woman of influence”:
A.  A virtuous woman will faithfully care for her family and make certain their needs are supplied.
B.  A virtuous woman will always work for the benefit of her husband’s and family’s reputation and well-being.
C.  A virtuous woman plays the role of manufacturer for her family.
D.  A virtuous woman holds the position of purchaser for the family.
E.  A virtuous woman holds the position of manager/laborer working long hours of labor and oversight.
F.  A virtuous woman has the position of business owner and farmer exercising asset oversight, output and profitability

 

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

 

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:10-12

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of King Lemuel: A Godly “Woman Of Influence”: Proverbs 31:10-12

10) Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.
11) The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12) She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

 

King Lemuel now turns our attention to advice, given from His mother, to help us understand the preciousness and importance of Godly “virtuous” women.

What does “virtuous” mean?  This is a term that carries with it the idea of “force” or “influence”.  It is translated in the Bible as: “army”, “company”, “force”, “might”, “strength”, “valor”, among others.  The main thrust of this term is teaching us that this type of woman is a tremendous force for good in society.  Not only does she bring profit to herself and her family, but she is profitable to all those around her.  This is why she is described as “virtuous”.

 

EXPOSITION:

10) Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.
1.  Who can locate a “woman of influence”?
2.  Her value excels precious stones (or pearls)

Here, we can see that a truly virtuous woman is a very rare in our world.  That is why she is said to be hard to find and of great value.

Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.”   (Ecclesiastes 7:28)

 

 

We now begin a list of the many qualities that can be found in this rare “woman of influence”…

11) The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
1.  Her husband willingly, confidently relies upon her (as steward of his family and possessions)
2.  so that he will have no need to forcibly take from take from others to meet his physical needs.

A.  A virtuous woman will faithfully care for her family and make certain their needs are supplied.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”  (Proverbs 31:27)

 

12) She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
1.  The virtuous woman will always be beneficial to her husband
2.  never bringing harm to his reputation, or his physical, mental or spiritual well-being.

B.  A virtuous woman will always work for the benefit of her husband’s and family’s reputation and well-being.  She understands that by being supportive of her husband and family, she is being supportive of herself as well.

(Please note, this is not saying that she “puts up with” or keeps hidden abuse or mistreatment from her husband or family.  In actuality, by working to see the abuser is punished, she is working for their welfare.  In many cases, the conviction and punishment of an abuser brings to them recognition of their wrongdoing and need to change their ways.  Being a virtuous woman involves taking a course that leads to the ultimate good of her family no matter how difficult the course may be.)

Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched [corn], and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid [them] on asses.  And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal.  And it was [so, as] she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.  Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this [fellow] hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that [pertained] unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.  So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that [pertain] to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.”   (1 Samuel 25:18-22)

 

SUMMARY:

In a study, so far, these are the qualities that are possessed by a Godly “woman of influence”:
A.  A virtuous woman will faithfully care for her family and make certain their needs are supplied.
B.  A virtuous woman will always work for the benefit of her husband’s and family’s reputation and well-being.  She understands that by being supportive of her husband and family, she is being supportive of herself as well.

 

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:8-9

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of King Lemuel: Defending the Defenseless: Proverbs 31:8-9

8) Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9) Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

 King Lemuel now turns our attention to advice, given from His mother, to help us understand the need to stand in defense of those who cannot defend themselves…

(this principle helps us to understand why one of greatest priorities of our nation should be the outlawing of abortions.  This is simply defending the right to life of babies who cannot speak nor act on their own behalf)

EXPOSITION:

8) Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
The need to defend those to the authorities that are over us…
We are to loosen our mouths and open them widely for those who cannot speak for themselves when they are waiting to be abolished.

Whenever we see those who are facing abuse, mistreatment and ruin, those who cannot speak for themselves, we are rescue them by presenting a loud defense on their behalf.  Standing up for the needy and innocent is a hallmark of our Lord’s loving, just, forgiving character.  Opportunities to defend the defenseless are opportunities for us to present our Lord to a lost and dying world …

“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.  Wherefore should the heathen say, Where [is] their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight [by] the revenging of the blood of thy servants [which is] shed.  Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;  (Psalms 79:9-11)

 

9) Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
The need of those in authority to make just decisions in defense of the defenseless…
1.  We are to loosen our mouths and open them widely when rendering our decisions
2.  We are to clearly, directly present a defense for those who are lacking and humble

Those in authority are to always stand for those who are unable to defend themselves.  They are to stand for justice even though they will not be able to receive personal gain from those whom they acquit.

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”    (John 7:24)

Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.  I charge [thee] before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.”   (1 Timothy 5:20-21)

SUMMARY:

We are to always look out for the rights and fair treatment of those who are unable to defend themselves.  Whether we hold positions of low authority, or whether we are the ones in authority deciding the issue at hand, we are to always make work for fair, truthful decisions that will work justice in the sight of all.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:3-7

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of King Lemuel: Abstain From Fleshly Lusts: Proverbs 31:3-7

3) Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4) [It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5) Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6) Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7) Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

King Lemuel now turns our attention to advice, given from His mother, to help us understand the need to turn from the fulfillment of our fleshly lusts which can result in disaster for our lives…

EXPOSITION:

3) Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
The mother of Lemuel’s first piece of advice…
1.  Do not willingly hand over the sources of your power to women
2.  Do not willingly hand over your lifestyle to that which can bring down kings.

Here, Lemuel’s mother warns him of following his fleshly lusts causing him to reveal his weaknesses and thereby making him vulnerable to attack and defeat (physically or spiritually).

The account of Samson and Delilah is a good example of this idea (Judges 16:).  In this account we find Samson, seduced by the beauty of Delilah, telling her the secret of his great strength.  In doing so, he lost his strength, became a captive slave of his arch-rivals, and became a public display of shame and dishonor to the Lord.

When we submit to our sinful flesh, we open ourselves up to spiritual weakness and defeat as well as placing us upon the path of earthly ruin as well.  This is the main principle of for this piece of advice.

This principle continues to be presented in the following Godly counsel.  It now shifts our attention from sexual lust to lust involving the craving and overindulgence of alcohol…

4) [It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
The need for great care to be used in partaking of alcohol…
1.  It is not for the good of kings to drink fermented wine (to the point of impeding decision making)
2.  It is not for the good of kings to drink fermented liquors (to the point of impeding decision making)

Keep in mind, the drinking of alcoholic beverages was very common in that day.  This is because it was the main beverage of the day.  In this passage, the simple consumption of alcohol is not being addressed… it is speaking of the drinking of alcohol to the point of impaired judgment.  We can see this from the following context…

5) Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Some results of over-indulgence of alcohol….
1.  lest they over-indulge and mislay the law of God
2.  lest they over-indulge and alter the proper decisions that were made to defend those who are the “child of misery”

When we allow our ability to make decisions become altered by an intoxicating substance, we will find ourselves misapplying the commands of God to the situation at hand.  In doing so, we will harm those who are innocent and in need of defense from abuse.

6) Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7) Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Here we find the use of an intoxicating beverage for a medicinal uses…
1.  hand over liquor to those that are awaiting death
2.  hand over intoxicating wine to those who are discontented, sorrowful and grieving
3.  through the moderate partaking of alcohol, he can have his spirits lightened and his attention no longer centered upon his misery.

Alcohol is has Godly medicinal value as a pain-killer and sedative to those who are dying as well as an anti-depressant to those who are facing great grief and sorrow.   Once again, we can see that the Bible is not condemning all partaking of alcohol.  In the above cases, we can see its medicinal value being upheld and encouraged.  This same principle is brought out in the New Testament….

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.  (1 Timothy 5:23)

Wine is described as one of the blessings that God has given to man to use for his benefit…

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;  And wine [that] maketh glad the heart of man, [and] oil to make [his] face to shine, and bread [which] strengtheneth man’s heart.”   (Psalms 104:14-15)

But it is the abuse and over-indulgence of wine that can be man’s great downfall….

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they go astray in vision, they stumble in judgment.”  (Isaiah 28:7)

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, worldy jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”   (Galatians 5:19-21)

One final note concerning the partaking of alcohol…  based on the above, is it proper for Christians to moderately partake of alcohol as a beverage?  From my standpoint, this issue becomes one of conscience for each Christian to decide…  There is no simple “thus saith the Lord”.  Keep in mind are there are at least two other issues that must be considered in our decision making process in this area of Christian living…

1.  First of all, we need to ask ourselves the question “Will my partaking an alcohol start me on a path that will lead to the abuse of alcohol?”  “Is partaking of alcohol opening up an opportunity for Satan to tempt me and bring me to eventual sin?”

One thing we can know for certain.  If we never partake of alcohol, we will never become an alcoholic.  Period.  There is no exception to this rule.

However, if we do partake of alcohol, we are opening an opportunity to abuse it if we are placed in the wrong situation at the wrong time.  Satan is walking about as a lion looking for opportunities to intervene in the lives of God’s people and to bring them down.  By partaking of alcohol, we are giving him that opening…

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men].  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”  (Proverbs 4:14-15)In other words, don’t even walk near to it.  Walk directly away from it.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.(1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)We are to stay so far from sin that we are not to even APPEAR to be partaking of that sin.

2. The second question we need to answer is this.. “ Will my moderate partaking of wine as a beverage cause a younger Christian to stumble into drunkenness?”

Paul presents this basic principle to us in the context of eating foods offered to idols.  Although, for the strong Christian, the idol has no real power, therefore food offered to an idol is just food; to the weaker Christian partaking of the food offered to an idol could appear to them as condoning the worship of that idol.

So too, this applies to the moderate partaking of alcohol.  To the older Christian (who understands the need for control of his fleshly lusts) drunkeness may not result.  But the younger Christian who sees his elder partaking of wine may see this same action as a condoning of drunkenness.  If this is the case, Paul makes it very plain that the liberty God has given to us is to be forsaken, so that the young Christian would not fall into sin.   How horrible it would be for any Christian to be used by Satan to lead a younger spiritual brother or sister into drunkenness!

Nevertheless there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.  But food commends us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your’s become a stumbling block to them that are weak.  For if any man see you which have knowledge sit to eat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;  And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?  But when all of you sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, all of you sin against Christ.  Wherefore, if food make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend.”   (1 Corinthians 8:7-13)

So, although I see no specific Biblical command to forsake the use of alcohol as a beverage, based upon both of the above principles, I believe the wisest course of action for myself is the total abstinence from alcohol as a beverage.   But I place this decision in the hands of the Lord and allow others to decide the best path of life for themselves…

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteems any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”   (Romans 14:12-14)

SUMMARY:

This section of Scripture presents to us the main issue of THE NEED TO CONTROL OUR FLESHLY LUSTS.   This passage uses two very common lusts our sexual lusts and lusts concerning overindulgence (drunkenness and gluttony) to present this basic principle to us.  So above all else, we are to be self-controlled and watchful because Satan is out to destroy us.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”  (1 Peter 5:8)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 31:1-2

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

SIH TOTT ICONThe Proverbs Of King Lemuel: An Introduction: Proverbs 31:1-2

1) The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2) What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

In this chapter we may have another new author, a king by the name of Lemuel.  Just like we saw with Agur, the title “King Lemuel” may be speaking of Solomon himself…

“Lemuel” is translated from two separate Hebrew words that mean “to, for, or upon ” and “El (the name of God)”.   Being the one separated “to God” and “for God” applies to Solomon in two very unique ways…
1.  First, he was used by Jehovah in the building of the temple (2 Sam 7).
2.  Secondly, he was the one who received, and then handed down, true wisdom in a variety of areas of life (1 Kings 4:29-34) … to rule His people (2 Chron 1:11-12), to explain the purpose of life (Ecclesiastes), and practical wisdom (Proverbs).

Also, it must be taken into consideration that a King named Lemuel is not mentioned in any other historical documents.  So keep in mind that it is possible Solomon is the author of this text.

However a few things need to be noted:
1.  First of all, we are clearly told this chapter is “the prophecy that his mother taught him”.  In all the prior chapters written by Solomon we have his own words of wisdom, not the words received from a parent or other acquaintance.
2.  Secondly, just like with Agur, the style of this text appears to differ from that of Solomon.
3.  Many times historically Kings went under various names.  It is very possible that Lemuel was the name given to him by his parents, but when he took the throne of his country he took another name.  This would explain why we do not read of a Lemuel any place in historical documents.

Based upon the above, my personal belief is that this chapter was written by an author other than Solomon.

EXPOSITION:

1) The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
1.  The spoken advice of King Lemuel, which is
2.  the “mind of God” revealed through the instruction of his mother.

Lemuel will now share with us Godly advice that originated from the teachings of his mother.  Here we can see the importance of a mother’s role in bringing up a child (as well as the father and others in authority over the child)

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”  (2 Timothy 1:5)

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”   (2 Timothy 3:14-15)

 

2) What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
The word “what” is normally translated “oh”.  Either translation says basically the same thing.
1.  Oh, my heir
2.  Oh, the one to whom I gave physical life
3.  Oh, the one that came as a result of the marital vows to the man I loved and which I have dedicated my entire life. Or… Oh, the one that I have vowed to give back to the Lord.

In this verse, we can see the desperation that Lemuel’s mother felt as she desired to share with him the most valuable information possible.   We can also see the close loving relationship that motivated this great desire.  She described Lemuel as:

1.  my son (my heir) – The one she was to give him all her physical possessions
2.  the son of my womb – the one to which she had given physical life
3.  the son of my vows – the one that resulted from her loving sacrificial relationship with her husband or perhaps,  she had made a vow dedicating her child to the Lord as did Hanna as she dedicated Samuel to the Lord (1 Sam 1:11, 28)

This forms the framework for the rest of our study in this chapter.  Basically, we will be learning about the advice that a loving mother is giving to her child to whom she loves very deeply.  This advice is motivated out of a concern for his future welfare and success in his future life on earth.

Also, in the following verse (and verse 4), we find his mother using kings as illustrations for her teachings…
1.  Does this mean that he was already mature and holding the position of a king when this advice was given?
2.  Or was his mother simply using well-known and admired individuals to motivate her young child to listen carefully to her instructions?
3.  There is a third possibility as well.  In those days, there were some kings who had ascended to their throne as young children.  Could it be that Lemuel was a young boy, still being trained by his mother although he was king over his nation?

We cannot know for sure.  Whatever the answer might be, the basic principle still applies.  She loved her son and wanted to see him spiritually and physically successful in life.  Therefore, she sought to teach him these great words of wisdom.

SUMMARY:

In these verses we see the role of loving parents being fulfilled in a Godly way.  If a parent truly loves their child they will do all they can to prepare that child to lead a Godly life through the teachings of God’s Word.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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A Devotion for Mother’s Day – The Virtuous Woman

SIH STSTA ICONShort of salvation, one of the greatest blessings a man can receive from God is a virtuous wife.   I can say from my life’s experiences, that a virtuous wife is in dispensable in the service of Christ.  What a blessing it is to have Eva as my wife. She is a wife that loves the Lord, and is willing to use her talents and abilities to further the cause of Christ.

I can honestly say that I do not know what I would ever do without my wife.  I shudder to think what my life would be like without her encouragement, care, understanding, advice and sacrifice on my behalf.  I have become a far better and more effective servant of Christ since Eva has entered my life.  I give the Lord all the thanksgiving, praise and honor for raising up a wonderful lady and allowing me to be blessed with her presence in my life.  To God be the glory.

I know that there are many other men who feel the same way about their wives.

Lemuel, the writer of Proverbs 31:, is one of those men who had a great appreciation and understanding of the value of a virtuous woman.  Let’s take a moment to study what Lemuel had to say about the value and characteristics of a virtuous woman…

THE SCRIPTURES:

Proverbs 31:10-31

THE STUDY:

Before we begin our study, let’s try to define what is meant by a “virtuous” woman.  The word “virtuous” in Proverbs 31 is a word that carries the ideas of:

“influential” – others follow her example and the advice she gives to them.

“precious” – she is highly valued in the eyes of others

“resourceful” – she is able to accomplish her goals through her labors and ingenuity

“morally good” – she keeps the moral commands of God for her life

When we say a woman is “virtuous”, we are saying that the woman is resourceful and morally upright causing her to be influential in the eyes of others.  Because of all these qualities, she is looked upon as a woman of great value.

King Lemuel’s writings about a virtuous woman begins in Prov 31:10 …

The Value of a Virtuous Woman…

10) Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.

Lemuel attempts to get our attention to the subject of virtuous women by first describing their great value.  So what is the value of a virtuous woman in our world?  God reveals to us through Lemuel that the a virtuous woman’s value cannot be adequately described.  In the days of the Old Testament writings, a ruby was of very high value.  When Lemuel states that a godly woman’s value is HIGH ABOVE rubies, he is stating that she must be included with the most valuable treasures on earth.

What would our lives be without virtuous women in our families, churches and society as a whole?  It is through the influence of virtuous, godly mothers that our children have been brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

The idea of rubies reflecting value is also used to describe the value of wisdom and knowledge (Pro 3:15. 8:11, 20:15).  The gifts that a Godly mother bestows upon her children, through her example and teachings give them the tools necessary to deal with the many, varied situations they will face in life.  So too, wisdom and knowledge are greatly needed to give us guidance for the world in which we live.

The Characteristics of a Virtuous Woman…

#1 – Trustworthiness

11) The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12) She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

A virtuous woman can be counted upon to always work for the benefit and advancement of her husband throughout his worldly endeavors.  She can be trusted to be a faithful mate, and one that is always there for support, godly advice and counsel.

#2 – She recognizes the physical, and spiritual, needs of her family and works tirelessly to supply those needs

13) She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14) She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16) She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17) She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18) She perceiveth that her merchandise [is] good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19) She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

For those who have the privilege of having a virtuous mother caring for them… there is one thing they can count on… their needs will be met.  Their mother will “go to the ends of the earth” for them, to meet their needs and make sure that they have what is best for them in life.

Sometimes, meeting the needs of their children, requires a Godly mother to say “No” to her own desires.  She is glad to do this for her children and husband.  Her number one goal is to put her family first and put herself second.

Why does she do this?  She knows that her treasure is awaiting her in heaven for serving her Lord by taking care of her family on earth.

#3 – She is compassionate to others in need

20) She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

A virtuous woman’s compassion is not confined to her family.  She also is compassionate towards neighbors and strangers in need.  She is very welcoming and loving to those who are in need of that which she can give.

#4 – She is productive.

21) She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household [are] clothed with scarlet.

22) She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple.

23) Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24) She maketh fine linen, and selleth [it]; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25) Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

A virtuous woman is very creative producing items that are needed by her family.  She enhances the testimony and reputation of her husband.  She makes much needed, high quality items of great great value. Her labor is not wasteful.  She shares in the responsibilities of meeting the needs of her household.

She is repaid by having an outstanding reputation among others and she awaits the receipt of heavenly rewards for living a life pleasing to the Lord.

#5 – She possesses the truth and shares it with others.

26) She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.

27) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

The virtuous woman not only meets the physical needs of her family and other acquaintances, but she also works to meet the spiritual needs of those around her as well.  She keeps busy actively working for the good of others.

#6 – Her actions demand praise, honor and respect from all that crosses her path

28)  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.

29)  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30)  Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth 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.

A virtuous woman DESERVES the respect, honor, praise and appreciation of her family and acquaintances.  After making sacrifice upon sacrifice for others, she deserves to receive others care and appreciation while yet on this earth.

Nevertheless, ultimately, the virtuous woman will receive the praise that she deserves as she stands before her Lord.  All of her works of charity and self-sacrifice will not go unrewarded.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

As adults, we need to stop and consider the influence our mother had on our developing lives as children.  We need to take time to honor them, thank them and  care for them as they grow older.  (Exo 20:12)

As children, we need to love and appreciate our mothers.  We need to be sure they know of our love by obeying them, making their lives more pleasant for them.  We should respect the other Godly women the Lord has placed in our lives.  We should appreciate them and honor them, knowing they are working for our physical and spiritual benefit. (Eph 6:1-3, Exo 20:12)

As husbands, we need to notice and appreciate all that our wives do for us and our families.  We need to love them and cherish them and strive to care for them as Christ cares for His church. (Eph 5:25-31)

But especially, all of us need to thank our Lord for these Godly influences in our lives.  If it was not for the Lord, we would not have these Godly women helping us through life.

For those of us who have received salvation from our sins, probably a Godly mother, SS teacher, or friend had shared the gospel with us.   We need to especially appreciate them for taking the time and concern to share the wonderful gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with us.

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