Friday, August 25, 2017

The Wife of Noble Character ~ Proverbs 31: 10-31

The previous post about Esther was to show the great responsibility of a wife, her duty and the husband's. He too is in submission as in subject to 'hupotasso' in the Greek. We see the husband's submission first yet most people don't see/recognize it. Read again Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5 and Ephesians 5:31.

A man must make the decision to submit first by taking a wife. He does this even before his wife does... and when he submits, she then submits to him (accepts the order which she subjects herself to); in this, both are motivated and or inspired to be in God's Will and in this submission together, the husband recognizes his wife of noble character and she fulfills that recognition. 

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 

She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 

She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


  1. In the Greek word submit = hupotasso we find the meaning 'to be subject to' as in to set in a proper order... Recall then that a man subjects himself first to God and then to his wife by leaving his father and mother and clinging to her ~ Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5 and Ephesians 5:31.

  2. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ ~ Ephesians 5:21