The Virtuous Women:
Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry 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,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
Strength and honour are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over 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 daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Each girl can be any or all of these roles:
Hagar – The single mother who found blessings from God that kept her and her son safe
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Mary – The teenager who got pregnant, but had the favor of God, and gave birth to Jesus, Savior of the world
Hannah – The barren woman who pleaded with God and was blessed with a child.
The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.
The word “helper” in Hebrew translates to ezer kenegdo – meaning one who stays beside you to help another through the toughest times. As the wife, you are the strong support of the husband and you are purposely chosen by God to be an equal help to the man you are married to.
Created in God’s image, each woman is inevitably beautiful. Look past what society tells you, because beauty is not just about looks. True beauty is your unique essence that you can use to inspire and share with others. Let your beauty shine!