My first study day:
vs.10 - Rubies. What do we think of when I say rubies? Beauty? Rarity as the most rare gem in the world? Totally. In verse 10, the Bible says, "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." FAR. ABOVE. RUBIES!!!! Wow. This means that a virtuous woman is the rarest kind of woman. How would you describe all the women who aren't virtuous? Prostitute? Boy- crazy? Immodest? Immoral? God loves those women, but, He hates what they're doing. Of course, He hates every sin, but, loves the sinner.
Does that mean that God will stop loving us when we do "enough" sins? OF COURSE NOT!! God will never stop loving you. He created you. And every person who creates something should love it. In fact, God love us so much that He sent His ONLY SON! to die for us. Isn't that amazing love? In John 3:16 the Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should have everlasting life." When it says "loved" it doesn't mean past tense. But, what He did was past tense. Jesus already came and paid the penalty for our sins. But, He didn't stay dead. He rose again after 3 days in the grave!! And when He did it, He defeated Satan. When we accept Jesus into our heart, Satan has no more power over us! God is much more powerful than Satan.
But, if the virtuous woman is the rarest, what about the other women on the planet? That can't be! Almost all the women at my church are godly! How can that be?! You might be thinking this. Well, remember, there are 3 billion other women on the planet. And, also, you never know what they do at home when no one is there. I'm not implying that every woman at your church does that. But, they could be hypocrites. Like, they act one way to other people and then act another way to other people. At church, they may appear to be godly and virtuous, but, at home, they might act another way. It is very important to be yourself wherever you go. That is part of being a virtuous woman.
vs. 11: The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
I think it means that her husband can trust her not to have an affair. A virtuous woman wouldn't be an adulterous woman. If a woman were to be godly, she wouldn't be an adulterer. That is one thing you mustn't do if you want to be virtuous.
vs. 12: She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
This is a continuance of verse 11. She won't have an affair. She won't be an adulterer. She helps him. They work together.
vs 13-19: She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
In my Bible, these verses are under the "title" "She cares for her family" or something like that. As you can see, she goes great distances to get food; she makes her own clothes; she is compassionate to her servants; she has a great deal of knowledge about land growing and hasgood stewardship in her money; she works hard for the family. Will you work hard, whether may it be in school or chores? Will you be compassionate to the people who other people aren't compassionate to? Will you be a good steward?
vs 20-25: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She is an honorable woman! Imagine being described like that! She could probably be described as different. What do you mean different? "Strength and honour are her clothing..." She is described as strong in the Lord, and honorable in works. And, she is a brave woman not to worry. As women, we tend to worry about tomorrow; or who we're going to marry (if we aren't already); or what we should wear for a certain activity. But, worrying is a sin. If you're worrying, that means that you're not trusting God like you should. When we get worrisome, trust God, read the Bible, and most of all... pray. Will you be strong in the Lord? Will you trust Him?
vs 26-31: She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
She is wise. And, she does not hold back her wisdom from others. She helps them with their decisions. She knows what to teach her children. And she educates them. She teaches them what is right and what is wrong. She is not idle (lazy). She works hard for her family (as I mentioned). "Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all."!!!!!!!!! I can't imagine being described like that! My favorite verse for today is verse 30, "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."!!!!!!! The virtuous woman may not be so beautiful on the outside, but, in her heart, she is most beautiful!! In 1 Samuel 16:7, God says to Samuel, "But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." It's God's opinion of you that ultimately matters. And, since He created you, you are beautiful to Him. So, don't say to yourself, "Oh, I wish I could be just like her! All the boys like her, and she's so popular." To God, you are popular.
"... but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."