31 1THE WORDS of Lemuel king of Massa, which his mother taught him: 2What, my [U]son? What, son of my womb? What [shall I advise you], son of my vows and dedication to God? 3Give not your strength to [loose] women, nor your ways to those who and that which ruin and destroy kings. 4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink, 5Lest they drink and forget the law and what it decrees, and pervert the justice due any of the afflicted. 6Give strong drink [as medicine] to him who is ready to pass away, and wine to him in bitter distress of heart. 7Let him drink and forget his poverty and [seriously] remember his want and misery no more. 8Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless; 9Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy. 10A capable, intelligent, and [V]virtuous woman--who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. 11The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil. 12She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her. 13She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it]. 14She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household’s food from a far [country]. 15She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks. 16She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. [S. of Sol. 8:12.] 17She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm. 18She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust]. 19She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit]. 21She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet. 22She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made]. 23Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. 24She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service]. 25Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]! 26She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. 27She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. 28Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying], 29[W]Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all. 30Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised! 31Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]!
nolinjr
Inward beauty is more important than outward beauty.
Inward beauty is more important than outward beauty.
nolinjr
Samuel was warned that leaders had no business messing with alcohol. It is only for those who are ready to give up. Alcohol will only cau... Read More
Samuel was warned that leaders had no business messing with alcohol. It is only for those who are ready to give up. Alcohol will only cause you to forget your responsibilities.
btw.itsmorgan
keeganlyn
Pressure from within and from without. After reading the comments (and sharing my own .2 cents), I realized that a lot of times, single... Read More
Pressure from within and from without. After reading the comments (and sharing my own .2 cents), I realized that a lot of times, single men and women feel pressured to become perfect spouses before they become spouses. From the outside, singles are being taught to prepare for marriage. Which is fine preaching by the way as long as somebody remembers to tell them that the preparation is for a heavenly groom, not an earthly one. (The earthly groom is just a happy beneficiary) Now as they begin to think about godly relationships and marriage, they are forced to get real with themselves; face up to wounds, hurts, luggage and pride. This clash on the inside begins to sour the idea of a happy fulfilled marriage. Still “Proverbs 31“ circles in their mind. And the battle between what the think they are and what they are expected to be ensues. As I thought about these tensions (and based on my own single experiences) two thoughts came to mind. 1. Potential challenges shouldn’t stop us from pursuing a dream. People who stop pursuing a dream because they heard the road was difficult don’t get much done in life. Just because you heard “marriage is difficult” shouldn’t stop you from pursuing a godly relationship. I think all marrieds will agree that there wouldn’t be a single marriage on earth if everyone gave in to fears and apprehensions at the beginning. Of course apprehensions can help us make better decisions. But we must appreciate that success in life involves learning to overcome challenges. The good thing about marriage is that you don’t (or shouldn’t) get married in a day. The process of time – friendship , courtship, engagement – can help us confront and deal with some of the fears and apprehensions. But you will never get the opportunity to face and overcome your fears if you don’t step on the road that leads to marriage. 2. There’s grace to do marriage (the same way there’s grace to be single) As a single person, marriage was one of those things I desired but was always apprehensive about. Like most people, I was living off the “singlehood grace” and it was completely lost to me that there could be another level, another grace tap into, on the other side of the altar. In his awesome devotional Selah, Joseph Iregbu says ”It is not enough to desire to do great things for God; you must pursue the spiritual enablement that motivates and sustains it: Grace. …. do not make that pursuit (of the great things) a sheer act of will, without seeking the grace that will ensure it serves as God intends.” (brackets mine) Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Marriage is a great gift and blessing, one that many desire and pursue. But we must understand that the one-flesh journey, as God-intended, is a grace thing. Grace does not eliminate issues and difficulties of course. But it will help you overcome and attain the gift of a happy marriage and home. It will help you shed off your “single” mind and living and help you become one-flesh with your beloved. Certainly you must prepare for marriage. And by prepare I mean be in the business of being whole and healthy and living intentionally. But find peace in the fact that there’s grace reserved for the next level, grace that you might not entirely perceive now. http://intentionaltoday.com/does-a-proverbs-31-wife-exist-before-marriage/
K. C. Lee
A wife of noble character who can find?She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in herand lacks nothing of valu... Read More
A wife of noble character who can find?She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in herand lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flaxand works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night;she provides food for her familyand portions for her female servants. 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 distaffand grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poorand 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 householdand 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. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. -Proverbs 31:10-31 (NIV) After going through these qualities that the bible expected of a noble wife, I feel that my wife is almost eating all the characters. Clothing and food are all taken care of. The children are well clothed. She helps the poor and needy, she speaks with wisdom and gives faithful instruction. Children are taken care of and seldom get sick. Husband is praised and respected. The only thing that she did not do is to 'plant vineyard, sell and make an earning'. However, God helps me to be able to earn enough so that my wife need not have to earn money. Hence, I have a wife that is needed for all the noble task and character that God wants of a woman. What I need, God has given me. What I do not need (wife that makes money), God need not give me. In fact God has given me more because I have made more than what I need. god has blessed me abundantly. Thank you Lord....
K. C. Lee
Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, n... Read More
Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. -Proverbs 31:3-5 (NIV) The mother of this King is awesome. She warned the king against women, wine and drunkard ness. Women are important. Jesus had few women that are close to him to give him support and love. Mother Mary, Matha and Mary. Similarly, Paul had Aquila and Priscilla, a group of widow in Acts. Women has some strength that are men's weaknesses. Need to appreciate this design of God so that I will respect the women and not look down on women. Thank you Lord for women.
daryl_g_3
Avoid alcohol
Avoid alcohol
mindyb
Delilah was a nag. Sam sons hair was an outward sign of his relationship with God. He allowed Delilah to come between him and God. Delil... Read More
Delilah was a nag. Sam sons hair was an outward sign of his relationship with God. He allowed Delilah to come between him and God. Delilah trusted the wrong people. She was greedy. Allow God to replace selfishness and greed with Love. Prov. 31:11
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