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Monday, October 6, 2014

Biblical Thoughts about the "Virtuous Wife"

The Virtuous Wife

Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband
safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet
night,
And provides food for her household
And a portion for her
maidservants.
She considers a field and buys
it:
From the profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength,
and strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her
merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out
by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.

She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands
to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for
her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself:
her clothing is fine linen and
purple.

Her husband is known in the gates.
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments
and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the
merchants.

Strength and honor are her
clothing:

She shall rejoice in time to
come.
She opens her mouth with
wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law
of kindness.
She watches over the ways of
her household,
And does not eat the bread of
idleness.
her children rise up
and call her blessed:
Her husband also, and he
praises her:
"Many daughters have done
well,
But you excel them all."
Charm is deceitful and beauty
is vain.
But a woman who fears the
LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise
her in the gates
.


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