“Who can find a virtuous woman; for her price is far above rubies.”
Today, I’m giving you an assignment to seek God’s truth for yourself about these passages. Set aside the time to look at the virtues of this Proverbs woman and compare passages throughout the Bible to those women who were virtuous. Proverbs 31:10-31 has been our resource to learn about the virtuous woman since it was written thousands of years ago. As I was studying this passage today, I realized that the New Testament speaks in compliment to this passage. It’s the first time I looked at these passages in this way and I hope this brings light to your understanding as it did mine. Just a side note; virtuous woman is also translated as woman of strength.
Women of the Bible are an interesting study, from the pure of heart to those who are examples of what not to be. As you begin your personal time, look to references of other women in scripture such as: Ruth, Esther, Dorcas, Deborah, Priscilla and others.
These 22 verses found in Proverbs describe all the virtues of this godly woman. And as we move into the New Testament, we see such passages as 1 Timothy 2:9-12 that support the characteristics described in Proverbs with comments such as: modest apparel; sobriety; professing godliness with good works; learns in silence with subjection. And we see in 1 Peter 3:1-6 comments such as: under the authority of the husband; chaste conversation coupled with fear (reverence); implied inward adorning not outward adornment; and trusting God. Even comments in 1 Corinthian 7:34 describing the virtues of a virgin and a married woman and their purpose to please the LORD and their husband compare to the passages in Proverbs.
There are many more scriptures that speak to the older woman, the younger women, women who were loved by those she served, women who were mentors and women who served the LORD. I would encourage you to find a quiet moment and spend time in the Proverbs for today and compare the New Testament with the truths that are still true today.
Prayer: LORD, favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the LORD, she will be praised. LORD, you have given us standards to follow throughout your word and they are things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report and full of virtue. LORD, if you returned today, we pray that you would find your people full of virtue, busy about your work in serving you and others. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Connie Renfro ©