New International Version (NIV)
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
This scripture was part of the MOMS study I'm in for the week on your husband. I read it and was astounded and thought that I needed to share this with my hubby after he chuckled about the topic of the week.
The question that followed the instructions to read it was, "What questions came into your head as you read it?"
My husbands response was that life is so much easier now.
I had a few more thoughts than that.
Did she have anyone to help her with all of this? That's a crazy amount of work for one woman.
Is our advanced technology helping us or hurting us? It's allowing for more idle time.
What were your thoughts after reading this verse? Do you think that you could be a woman from the Proverbs? I know for certain that I would have a really hard time doing it. Especially since I asked my husband today if he ever felt like he was being buried alive. He chuckled and said that he never thought of it that way. He also admitted that is why he doesn't ask me to do more than I already am. Because he recognizes that I may start one project with good intention of finishing it and then get distracted (rightly) by the children or anything else that takes (right) priority and then I just forget to get back to it.
On that note...I have heaps of laundry and dishes that should be getting some minimal attention while everyone is otherly distracted. But I am really enjoying writing.