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Many of Christians likes to refer Proverbs 31:10-31 as "Virtuous Woman" rather than

"Virtuous Wife", the correct content and meaning of the scriptures.  The scripture is

actually speaking more about a "Godly Wife-Pr 31:10" who "Has a Husband-Pr 31:11"

and "Has Children-Pr 31:28".  And she takes good "care of her household, she is not idle-

Pr 31:27".  "Virtuous Wife" Excels them all-Pr 31:29

Let Us Pray;  Dear heavenly Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask that you open up our hearts,

minds and souls to your holy words, so we may hear, understand and see what you want us to know, learn and

apply to our daily lives, so that we may Glorify you among the believers and the non-believers alike in the hope

that believers will be obedient, encouraged and strengthened in the FAITH and that non-believers may see your

Glory and come to your son Jesus Christ in belief, repentance, self denial, picking up their crosses, and abide in

Jesus Christ..  Amen

A) Definitions - First Off my friend we need to know what the word "Virtuous" and "Virtue" actually means

so that we can have a complete understanding of what the scriptures are talking about.   Let us look at some

meanings on the subject.  When you see the initials (JFB) that means that my additional study resource came

from Jamieson, Faucet and Brown commentary.

A1) Nelsons Bible Dictionary; Virtue;

a) Moral excellence or goodness (Philippians 4:8).

c) Virtue is considered a necessary ingredient in the exercise of faith (2 Peter 1:3,5).

d) Sometimes the Greek word for virtue is used to express the idea of power or strength (Luke 6:19).

2) Microsoft Works 9 Dictionary; Virtuous;vir·tu·ous [vśrchoo əss] adj

a) with moral integrity: having or showing moral goodness or righteousness

b) chaste: not having sexual intercourse with anyone except a partner in marriage, especially a husband

Some resources that I have used in this study/teaching is the New American Standard Bible-Updated,

Matthew Henry Commentary, Barnes Notes, Geneva Notes 2 and Jamieson, Faucet and Brown Commentary.

1)  Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)

a) For a man to find such a woman is like a pirate who finds buried treasures that fulfills his wildest dreams. 

b) The "Virtuous Wife" is highly Valuable, She is Priceless, And very rare find just as finding the perfect

diamond that was created just right.

2) The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. (Proverbs 31:11)

a) She has a husband that can trust her to take care of the children & the management of the household.

b) Her husband can trust her with the money,

c) Her husband can trust her with her time that it is wisely spent, where she does not slack on any needs of

her husband, her children and her household.

d) Her husband can trust her with her entire household when he is away at work or on a trip.

3)  She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:12)

a) She will not use sex as a tool to get revenge against him, nor to get her own way.  Her body does not

belong to herself, nor does his body belong to himself.  Their bodies belong to each other (1Co 7:4-6).

b) She will not throw fits, do false crying, nor anything else in order to get her own way like a spoiled child.

He will not have to buy her anything to make her happy, to please her so he can have peace in his own

home. 

c) She will not dishonor, nor disgrace her husband in public. 

d) Nor will she bash her husband to others, she will not put her friends/parents or relatives above her husband,

she will not be a disgrace to him and she will not show him disrespect (Eph 5:33).

e) She will be a glory to him (1 Co 11:7) when communicating with others rather than a disgrace and do him

an injustice.

4)  She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. (Proverbs 31:13)

a) She is a hard worker and constant at it.

b) She does not sit and play video games all day, nor watches soap operas, nor partake in social networks

constantly when she should be working.

c) She is not a sluggard, (not lazy). 

d) She does not sit all of the time and gain weight for her lack of work, her lack of activity.

5)  She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. (Proverbs 31:14)

a) She makes sure that her household has plenty of food, that they are healthy meals (balanced Meals). 

b) She makes sure that her families personal cares and needs are met to the best of her abilities and financial

resources.

c) She tends the medical needs of her family that she is able to do, and what she is not able to do, then she

takes her family to the people who do have medical training that has more medical knowledge and abilities

than she has.

6)  She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her

maidservants. (Proverbs 31:15)

a) She awakes before dawn (day light) and awakes those who needs to get up to start their daily school, jobs

and such.

b) She then prepares breakfast for her household & even her servants if she has any (JFB Commentary )

c) She assigns everyone their daily task, by making sure her children does their chores, brush their teeth, gets

dressed and such.  She makes sure her servants daily task are assigned to them, to help her to run her

household smoothly.

7) She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. (Proverbs 31:16) 

a) She is a wife who carefully & wisely considers if she can afford things for her self, her husband and her

children before making a purchase. (JFB)

b) She keeps a budget to determine their finances, so that she may know what they can and can not afford.

c) She wisely keeps track of their finances, so that their current and future finances keep in check each and

every day.

8) She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. (Proverbs 31:17)

a) She is teachable, she learns what she needs to know in order to keep her household running smoothly.

b) She increases with knowledge, with resources, with new learned abilities as her family and her household

grows.

d) She puts all of her best effort in what projects that she starts up and continues in doing so.

e) She takes good care of her spiritual, physical and mental needs.

9) She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. (Proverbs 31:18)

a) She sees that all of her hard work has not be wasted, that it pays off.

b) She works into the evening. She works long hours.

10)  She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. (Proverbs 31:19)

a) Dictionary Meaning of distaff; 1) women's concerns, work or other matters regarded as the concern

of women. 2) a rod for unspun thread; a rod on which wool or flax is wound for somebody to use when

spinning by hand, or the corresponding rod on a spinning wheel

b) Dictionary meaning of spindle; specially shaped rod for spinning thread: a handheld rod with a

notched end through which strands of natural fibers are drawn, then twisted into thread and wound around

the rod

c) With the meanings of the dictionary this means that she also takes good care of her self, the concerns for

a woman. But not in lavish or fancy apparel or extra additives and such of her outward appearance in order

to draw attention to her self.  See instruction for women > (1Timothy 2:9-15) She must be adorned with

modest clothing and not be made up with special and expensive styling of the hair.

d) If the woman claims to be a Godly woman, she will be adorned with the means of Good works

(1 Timothy 2:11) rather than the adorning of clothing.

e) She will let the light of Jesus Christ shine before mankind  so that God may be glorified by her good

works, (MT 5:16) by her behavior, her appearance.

11) She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. (Proverbs 31:20)

a) She does not ignore nor reject helping the needy. (MT 25:35-40)

b) She gives to them rather than her household being of self indulgence. (Having things they don't need).

12) She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

(Proverbs 31:21)

a) She makes sure that her family i.e., Husband/Children has sufficient clothing for the winter.

13) She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. (Proverbs 31:22)

a) She makes sure that he needs are also met as far as clothing with good quality, with modesty, and yet

dressed according to the occasion. (1Tim 2:9-15)

14) Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. (Proverbs 31:23)

a) His wife's duties at home enables him to focus more on his duties and positions out side of the home, if he

be working for a company, self employed for the government, or any other duties that he has out side of

the home, including duties at his local church as well.

15) She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants.

(Proverbs 31:24)

a) The items that she makes from her hard work, such as sewing clothes. These are items that she makes at

home.

b) She sells them to others at a profit.

16) Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. (Proverbs 31:25)

a) With her being teachable, willing to learn what she needs to learn to run her household smoothly.

b) She gains wisdom and knowledge

c) With that she is not over emotionally, she uses self control and takes her household by the hand and takes

good care of it.

d) And that is her strength and she shall gain honor from others because of it.

17) She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. (Proverbs 31:26)

a) It is her fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom & knowledge, and understanding towards others

is from the Lord. (Proverbs 9:10)

b) As written; the woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:30)

18) She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

(Proverbs 31:27)

a) She minds the business of her own household rather than paying attention to the affairs of others

b) She is not lazy,

c) She works constantly at managing her household, seeing to the needs of everyone of her household.

19) Her children rise up and call her blessed;  Her husband also, and he praises her:

(Proverbs 31:28)

a) In public her children in their mature ages they will be a blessing to her, they shall honor her because of her

teaching and training them in  the ways of the Lord, in their youth, and in private. 

b) Her husband also, because of her being a good and "Virtuous Wife" shall her husband be honored,

admired and respected in the public places.

c) She has given him honor and she has been his glory. (1 Co 11:7)

d) And with her being her husbands glory will enable her husband to even be more the Glory of God

(1 Co 11:7).

20) "Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all." (Proverbs 31:29)

a) She does better than all of the women.

b) She leads the pack, not only in giving her husband honor and glory, but also God gets the glory and honor

through her as well.

d) Because of her, letting her light shine through Jesus Christ, Gods name also receives the Glory of Honor

so that they may no that God is GOD!

21) Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

(Proverbs 31:30)

a) Looks and Appearance is Vain and deceitful. It is the love and fear of the Lord makes her more beautiful

than anyone on this earth.

b) But because of her fear of the Lord she is praised.

22) Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:31)

a) Because of her constant hard work, her fear of the Lord, her good management of her household, she will

be honored among mankind.

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November 12, 2018

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