- Proverbs 31:26-31
- Prov 31:26 (KJB)
- She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law
- She does not spew vain words which have little or no meaning. When she
does speak, they will be words of wisdom, which all that hear will benefit
from. Wisdom is not something which is unusable, it is something that can
help order a life or to help straighten one out that has taken the wrong
road. She does not bring her wisdom with a strong or censorious mouth
instead she brings wisdom with a kind tongue and delivers words which are
easily acceptable by others.
- Prov 31:27 (KJB)
- She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread
- Idleness - Laziness
- She is concerned that every part of the household is running properly
and if there is something which needs to be looked after, she is not so lazy
as to command one of her servants to do it, instead, she herself will look
after the situation because she refuses to become idle because idleness
leads to all kinds of trouble. Idleness can lead to gossip which can lead to
further troubles in the home and even in a church. Gossip spewed on Monday
will have a definite effect next Sunday. It is the thing which destroys
homes and churches.
- Prov 31:28 (KJB)
- Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also,
and he praiseth her.
- Her children will praise her not because she does everything for them,
but because she imparts wisdom to them and she helps to raise them in the
fear of the Lord so they will grow up and be prosperous in whatever tasks
they attempt to tackle. Her husband sees how wise she is and how well she
uses that wisdom to make the home a better place than it was the day before.
Her excellent ways cause him to praise her for being a perfect companion for
- Prov 31:29 (KJV)
- Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
- No doubt while this man was growing up he was probably exposed to many
women where he was living. He may have lived in a very wealthy area where
the women were brought up well-educated and proper. He tells his wife that
many were virtuous but she has excelled them all. He can now say that with
all honesty as he has seen how well his wife has managed the house and the
wisdom of her many decisions. He may have knowledge of some of the other
women he knew from the other husbands in the gate and has compared them to
his wife and that is why he is able to make true comparison.
- Prov 31:30 (KJB)
- Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a
woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
- If a man favors a woman and thinks that she might make a good wife, then
he may marry here and then be in for the surprise of his life. The deceit is
that he likes her but has really not come to know her mindset and to see
where her strengths and weaknesses lie. Then the other deceitful reason to
marry a woman is because of her beauty. Beauty is vain and fades after a few
years, then when that happens, the beauty he fell in love with has
disappeared for good and then maybe his love for her will also vanish. The
woman who fears the Lord, is the right one to marry because she fears the
Lord and that fear causes her to gain much wisdom as she filters everything
through obedience to the Lord. When that happens, the household is run
properly and there will be a prosperous milieu, it may not be earthly wealth
but it will definitely be spiritual prosperity. If you marry a godly woman
and maybe she will not be picked for a cover of a magazine, but she will
make up for that by being the best companion you could ever dream of.
- Prov 31:31 (KJB)
- Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in
- (Ruth 3:11 KJV) And now, my daughter, fear
not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my
people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
Just as Ruth was a virtuous woman, the woman who married
the man in this narrative was also a virtuous and prosperous woman. She will
receive of the fruit of her hands by reason of the wise decisions that she
made in the past. She will enjoy the fruits of her labor. Those that know of
her will praise her for the things she had done for them. The wise and godly
works of hers will be known in the gates, where the rulers of the city sit.
(Acts 9:39 KJV) Then Peter arose and
went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber:
and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments
which Dorcas made, while she was with them. Dorcas
was a woman who was praised for all the works that she did showing that she
was a godly woman with a heart to help others. The Proverbs 31 woman was
praised for her charity and gifts to others. This showed she did not possess
a selfish or self-centered mindset.