I wonder if poor Lemuel knew the pressure he’d create for the 20th and 21st century woman with this tribute. I bet not!
I’m not going to elaborate very much on this chapter.
- For one, it’s preached on in Mid-May in just about every town.
- Two, Proverbs 31 is NOT my wife’s favorite passage; which I’ve not been able to fully understand, since I see descriptions of her in scattered through the entire chapter. Oh well, I know enough to keep myself out of hot water. 🙂
Just a couple of observations then –
This chapter’s description of a wife of noble character pictures her life, not last week, OK?! See it? “…all the days of her life” (verse 12)
With that in mind, I’ll point to my favorite segment, Lemuel’s description in verses 25 – 28:
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
she speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and noes not eat the bread of idleness
Her children arise and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her.
When that’s true and she, in unfeigned humility endures the compliments of 29 and 30 (Can almost hear her now, “Yah-yah-yah…”), it’s gratifying to arrive at the conclusion in 31
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
In 21st century terms, “Enjoy the accolades, Love; you’ve earned this honor!”