by Leslie De Morais
In this modern world of ours, a woman may aspire to countless professions, attributes, titles and abilities. However, I cannot think of one that compares or competes with becoming a wife of noble character.
As you read Proverbs 31:10-31, see if you can identify the 31 characteristics of a wife of noble character.
10A 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. – Proverbs 31:10-31 (NIV)
The virtuous wife of Proverbs 31 is awe inspiring indeed. Surely, she is the culmination of the ideal wife and mature woman.
Her numerous attributes may leave us overwhelmed, however, I prefer to learn from her rather than be intimidated by her.
My list of her amazing qualities is meant to be used as a source of inspiration, meditation, imitation and admiration. Each of the 31 qualities comes with:
- A dictionary definition
- Inspiring quotes
- Bible scriptures
- Practical application
As you study, you may find other adjectives that describe her. Add them to your list.
Take your time reading. It’s not a race, because I doubt there’s a finish line. Transformation into a wife of noble character takes a lifetime of training and perfecting.
Beware the temptation to doubt the existence of the woman of Proverbs 31. Becoming like her is possible. I have actually known incredible women who fit this description.
Here’s my list of her characteristics:
- Valued (v. 10)
- Trustworthy (v. 11)
- Good (v. 12)
- Diligent (v. 13)
- Consistent (v. 14)
- Hard working (v. 15a)
- Serving (v. 15b,c)
- Business woman (v. 16a)
- Financially responsible (v. 16b)
- Stamina (v. 17a)
- Physically fit (v. 17b)
- Savvy (v. 18)
- Capable (v. 19)
- Compassionate (v. 20)
- Fearless (v. 21a)
- Prepared (v. 22b)
- Determined (v. 22a)
- Elegant (v. 22b)
- Discerning (v. 23)
- Industrious (v. 24)
- Strong (v. 25a)
- Dignified (v. 25a)
- Confident (v. 25b)
- Wise (v. 26a)
- Knowledgeable (v. 26b)
- Attentive (v. 27a)
- Busy (v. 27b)
- Respected (v. 28)
- Excellent (v. 29)
- Righteous (v. 30)
- Honored (v.31)
The list of 31 characteristics of a wife of noble character is inspiring to say the least. It is perhaps a little daunting or even intimidating. Let’s learn from her one characteristic at a time. Are you up to the challenge?
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