The Excellent Wife

Proverbs 31

1.) She is rare.
“Who can find her…?” (verse. 10). This implies that it is difficult to find a virtuous woman. She is “almost impossible” to find. Good women are scarce and rare. Because of this, they are very valuable.

2.) She is a woman of strength.
“…a virtuous woman” [Hebrew chayil (v.10)]. Although women are called “weaker vessels” referring to their physical strength, yet this woman is made strong by wisdom and grace, and the fear of God. She is enveloped by the mighty principles of God’s Word that serve as her mighty fortress, making her firm and steady, unmovable and not frightened by the winds and storms of life.

3.) She is priceless.

“…her price is far above rubies” (v.10). Vain women and the rest of the world seek to adorn themselves outwardly with precious things that are expensive and rare, but this excellent wife has something more valuable where no price can match, and she is beyond compare.

4.) She is trustworthy.
“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her” (v.11). She conducts herself that he entrusts his entire confidence in her. There is no hint that will give him any reason to doubt or to entertain jealousy. She is not morose and careless, but modest and grave. He trusts her that she will never betray his counsel or have any interests that may destroy her husband’s trust.

5.) She is satisfying.
Her husband “shall have no need of spoil.” (v.11). This speaks that she fulfills her husband’s contentment and satisfaction. The husband need not to find crumbs of spoil from other women, but is happy and joyful enough with her. He does not envy other couples, because he has enough in his wife. Happy is the couple with such satisfaction.

6.) She is a doer of good.
Verse 12. Her delight is to love him all the days of her life, whether in sickness or in health, in good mood or bad. She is not weary of attending him with diligence and tenderness.

7.) She is resourceful.
“She seeketh wool, and flax… (v.13)” She considers well the command of God to “subdue and replenish the earth,” knowing that “the earth and everything thereof is the Lord’s.” She obeys the command to be a good steward of creation.

8.) She is diligent
“…works willingly with her hands.” She hates to sit still and do nothing, knows that laziness is sin, and “eats not the bread of idleness” (Pro. 31:27). She knows that if we have nothing to do, the devil will soon find us something to do. She considers in her heart that “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). She knows that time is precious and she does not waste it.

9.) She is wise.
She purchases lands, and enlarges the state of the family. Pro. 31:16: “She considers a field, and buys it.” She does not buy out of impulse or emotion, but carefully considers it, whether it be a smart choice, worth her money. She knows the principles of management and investment, she does this out of her love for his family, and from the power of God’s love in her.

10.) She is tactful.
She controls her tongue, restrains censorious speech that might be offending. She opens her mouth with wisdom (Prov. 31:26). When she speaks, it is with great amount of prudence and purpose. When she speaks, those who listen can get something that blesses their lives. This does not mean that she is preachy or dictating, but speaks with a kind and friendly affection. “In her tongue is the law of kindness.” The words that she says are governed by law- the law of kindness and love written in the tablets of her heart.

***This does not apply to women only, but vast principles apply to men also.

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