Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 31:1-9. Proverbs 31 is a chapter about a mother giving godly advice to her son. It is thought by biblical scholars that when the Scripture is speaking of King Lemuel and his mother, it is speaking of King Solomon and his mother, who was Bathsheba. She tells him not to give his strength to women, and not to act in ways that will destroy kings.
She advises him not to drink wine, because it will cloud his judgment. She also advises him to plead the cause of the needy. Do you remember any advice your mother gave you? Did you heed her advice? In the rest of this chapter there are very specific instructions from his mother about how to find a virtuous wife and what a virtuous woman acts like.
If you are a woman, would you consider yourself to be a virtuous woman? Some of the words that describe what it means to be a virtuous woman are: good, righteous, worthy, honorable, moral, upright, honest, strong, efficient, prosperous, courageous, and chaste. She is a person of high moral standards who serves her family, her community, and God well.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Things to think about:
- What advice did your mother give you that you still practice today?
- What is the one thing your mother taught you that you are most proud to follow today?
- What kind of advice do you give your children?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Proverbs 31. We thank You for the advice that this mother gave to her son. Help us to take the advice of our godly parents. Help us to study Your Word to see what the right things are for us to do. 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.