Proverbs 31:10

Proverbs 31:10

Many women are intimidated by the Proverbs 31 lady. As we start this study, I want to share something that I heard a long time ago that may encourage you. Some scholars believe that Lemuel (the writer of Proverbs 31), is none other than Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba. They believe that ‘Lemuel’ was similar to what we’d call a nickname. If that is true, then Solomon was taught these words by his mother — the very mother whom we all remember for her act of adultery. Yet, this same woman is describing some incredible qualities with her son! If what these scholars believe is true, then God brought about a big change in Bathsheba, and she became a very godly, noble, virtuous wife. If God can do that in Bathsheba, dear one, He can also do it in YOU!

NIV: A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
CEV: A truly good wife is the most precious treasure a man can find.
AMP: A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman-who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.

Virtuous = decent or modest, which I would translate to mean that she doesn’t follow after the latest fads if they are immodest, nor would she let her children dress in immodest ways. She has moral virtue and it shows in her words and actions.

One of the many things we are engaged in as Christians is spiritual warfare. A dear sister in Christ shared with me that in the original Hebrew, the word ‘virtuous’ refers to a soldier, which goes right along with warfare. I picture this dear lady as one who would daily fight spiritual battles on her knees on behalf of her family. In the physical sense, we may see this lady dressed in nice, modest clothing. We may also see her as one who has a tender heart and a gentle and sweet spirit. Yet, in the spiritual sense, this woman was dressed in armor and ready to fight!

I picture this lady getting up every morning, consciously putting on the armor of God. She reminds herself that she is really fighting against spiritual forces. Too many times, I think we allow our emotions to rule us, and when we do that, we forget that we are fighting a spiritual battle. We begin to look at it as having a fight with our husband, or a battle with the children. In reality, Satan has schemed to bring this fight into our home, and we get sucked right into his wicked ploy. This lady has learned how to fight against that tactic. She’s learned that while God has given her emotions as a gift so that she can feel a myriad of emotions, she must constantly be on guard to make sure that she is ruler of her emotions, rather than letting her emotions be the ruler over her.

Noble = ‘having high moral qualities, excellent, stately’ (Webster’s)
Excellent = ‘outstandingly good of its kind, of exceptional merit’ (Webster’s)
Merit = deserving reward or praise
Stately = ‘slow, dignified’ (Webster’s) Could ‘slow’ refer to her ability to be slow to anger and slow to speak? Dignified could refer to a high position, high repute, or self-respect. I would imagine that because of this woman’s moral virtue, she brings a sense of high position to her husband, having a healthy self-respect for herself as well. She isn’t overly concerned about her outward, physical appearance like Hollywood wants us to focus upon, but she is intelligent enough to know that what counts is what is on the inside. If she didn’t believe that, then why would she be seen as a woman of noble, virtuous character?

Footnote verses listed with verse 10:
Pr. 12:4 A Virtuous and worthy wife (earnest and strong in character) is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes him ashamed is as a rottenness in his bones. (AMP) The latter part of this verse would be the opposite of a virtuous woman. The word ‘earnest’ here would refer to working with determination. Notice the word ‘crowning’ in this verse. In Webster’s, one of the definitions for crown was to put the finishing touch on. If we are virtuous women, we put the ‘finishing touch’ on our husbands.
Pr. 18:22 He who finds a true wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. (AMP)
Pr. 19:14 A wise and prudent wife is from the Lord. (meaning she exercises sound judgment in practical matters, is cautious in her conduct, and she manages carefully)
I Cor. 11:7 A woman is the expression of man’s glory, majesty, preeminence. (AMP) The CEV says that women were created to bring honor to men. Are we bringing honor to our husband in our words and actions? As others view our habits, actions, and attitudes, do they perceive that our husband is blessed to have us for a wife?
© 2004, Stacy R. Miller


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. girlwithadragonflytattoo
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 07:38:12

    Thank you for the pingback 🙂 Love the Proverbs 31 woman.


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