Woman of strength, part 2

Continuing in Proverbs 31:19-22

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.   She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.  She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

The virtuous woman involves herself with ensuring that her household and herself are properly clothed.  In times past, women made their own clothing, from start to finish.  In this day, that is no longer necessary, however, a godly woman would ensure that everyone in household is clothed well, and has what they need from season to season.

She also reaches out her hand to those in need, who are poorer than herself, possibly to give them clothing as well, since it is within the context of clothing.  However, this could mean, just in general, giving to those less fortunate than herself.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.  Proverbs 31:23

Usually prominent men of the town would sit at the gates of the city.   People met at the gates of the city, and so this is where the elders hung out.  The woman of virtue’s husband knows his wife is taking care of the house, so he is able to take care of business among the elders.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Proverbs 31:24 

Again, the virtuous woman is a woman of industry and sells what goods she makes to the merchants.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.  Proverbs 31:25-27

The virtuous woman has strong character, is honorable, wise and kind.  Because of her virtue, she has a reason to rejoice.  She watches her tongue, takes care of her home and isn’t idle.  Her home would be well taken care of, and she keeps herself busy, not having time for mind other people’s business or indulging in gossip.

More to come…

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