Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 31:10-12. In this Scripture, we find what a godly wife and mother looks like. King Lemuel, who biblical scholars believe to be King Solomon, is telling about the advice his mother, who is Bathsheba, gave him about what to look for in a wife. She starts by saying, “Who can find a virtuous woman?” What does it mean to be a virtuous woman? She is a woman who can be trusted. She is dependable. She is faithful. She is strong. She is a woman of character.
This Scripture is talking about finding a wife, but so much of it reminds me of all the hats we as women wear. The Scripture says her price is far above rubies. She is valuable to her husband, her family and her community.
King Lemuel’s mother wanted him to be careful in choosing his wife. She had dedicated him to God and she wanted to try to steer him in the right direction so he could fulfill God’s will in his life.
In Ruth 3:11 Boaz called Ruth a virtuous woman. “And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” What does he mean by saying the whole city knows she is a virtuous woman? The people saw how Ruth labored and cared for Naomi, as a single woman, and widow.
How much would it cost if a man had to hire someone for all the jobs his wife does? We will look at this Scripture and compare it to our own lives. Women were created by God to be a helper, an encouragement, and a supporter to her husband. Her husband trusts her completely and she enriches his life.
As we look at the rest of this chapter we will be reminded how versatile women are. There are even a lot of single women and single mothers who have the responsibility of taking care of their children on their own. The single women who are not mothers can help out in their community and with their friends and family to mentor and lead other women and young girls to live virtuous lives. There are also many women who are widows who are virtuous women and can mentor the younger women in their church and family. Whether you are married or not you can be a virtuous woman, who gives God glory through your life.
Daily Bible Reading:
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Things to think about:
- What is a virtuous woman?
- How valuable is she according to this Scripture?
- How will she treat her husband?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture, which reminds us how valuable a virtuous woman is. The Scripture reminds us her husband can trust her and she will do him good all the days of her life. Help us as women to be this kind of woman. Help the men to value their wives the way you intended them to. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman
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About the book:
Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman is a Daily Bible Reading Study of Proverbs 31 by Deborah H. Bateman. Proverbs 31 is thought to be a letter from Bathsheba to King Solomon, who is called King Lemuel in this Scripture.
In Proverbs 31: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman Bible Study we consider all the things women do and where they can find strength and wisdom for their lives. This is a six lesson Bible study that would be great for individual or for a small group Bible study.
In this Bible study you will learn what it means to be a virtuous woman and how we can honor God through our service to our families, our community, and to God.
For those of you interested in Bible journaling, may I suggest you pick your favorite Bible verse from each lesson and journal about it. This will be a great reminder of the lessons you learn as you read and study this book.
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For those of you interested in Bible journaling, may I suggest you pick your favorite Bible verse from each lesson and journal about it. This will be a great reminder of the lessons you learn as you read and study the Bible along with us.