An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
She makes bed coverings 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;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to 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 women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is in vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
I’m positive I’ve read this Bible excerpt before. I know I have. I often tend to shy away from more commonly quoted text. This lines up with my desire to be different from others–and maybe my hope to be a little tiny bit rebellious without really being rebellious.
However, this excerpt will be my vine–my oxygen, my source of light–for the next few months as I study for, pray over, and consider the young women whom I will speak to at our college church men’s and women’s retreat which will take place in April.
Pray for me as I take on this seriously daunting task–a definite first for me.
God, I dedicate this study time to You. I pray You speak through me, focus me, and teach me so that I might teach others. I pray that You would do more than I expect. Show me how to live this excellence before You so that I might point others to You. I pray this continually and in Your name.