Proverbs 31:24

Proverbs 31:24

MSG: She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to dress shops.

CEV: She makes clothes to sell to the shop owners.

AMP: She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles (or sashes that free one up for service).

Have you ever met a woman who never felt that she could be in ‘service’ for the Lord?  She may be a woman who is bound by her past mistakes.  She may need a godly woman who can mentor her, helping her to find a ‘sash’ that will free her up for service.  Are you willing to be available to help another lady find that ‘sash’ which can bring freedom to her?

Another way of viewing this text is to see that this woman is an enterprising woman.  She has her own business to run, yet it’s obvious from previous verses that she doesn’t neglect her Lord, her family, or her household duties in pursuing a career.  She has her priorities in order.

It is also implied here that her garments are of fine quality.  She isn’t one who is given to being lazy in making her garments, causing them to look shabby.  Her items are so nice that they are sought by the merchants.  She has earned quite a reputation for herself by making such fine quality merchandise.  The merchants know that they can trust her to make things which will last, giving them great value for their money.

Do you need help with your ‘sash,’ or are you able to help someone else with theirs?

© 2004, Stacy R. Miller

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