Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is worth more than precious rubies.
Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
She will not hinder him but help him all her life.
She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.
She is like a merchant’s ship;
she brings her food from afar.
And plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
She goes out to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
She watches for bargains;
Her light burns late into the night.
Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fibre.
She extends a helping hand to the poor,
and opens her arms to the needy.
She has no fear of winter for her household
because all of them have warm clothes.
She quilts her own bedspreads.
She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth.
Her husband is well known,
for he sits in the council meeting with other civic leaders.
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and laughs with no fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and kindness is the rule when she gives instuctions.
She carefully watches all that goes on in her household
and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.
Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
“There are many virtuous women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
The Bible, Proverbs 31:10-30
Women’s place is where they can do the most good. ~Esther Peterson