"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting. But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. "
Becoming the ideal wife in Proverbs 31 is quite a long shot, at least for a newbie wife like me. But it is my prayer and I believe the Lord is helping me get there. I'm posting it here so that I'll remember all the time. :-)
Not only does it speak the truth, it is also so beautifully written. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful poems I ever read. It's almost as if you witness the wife do all that she does with so much grace and confidence. It makes you imagine a lovely sight of a woman of enormous worth and beauty! To be the virtuous woman that she is is my prayer. She is my hero for the moment and maybe one day, I will be like her. :-)
Proverbs 31: 10-31
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.