Fifteen years ago I sat in a bible study listening to the wisest man I have ever known when a boy burst into the class wielding a bible. His finger was firmly pressed in the book, pointing to a passage that I had only glanced at before that day. He didn’t notice that the class was already in session or that we were already on a topic – the death penalty. He walked up to the teacher with his bible and began to poke at the passage he was reading. He started “I want a woman JUST LIKE THIS! How can I find a wife like this? How can I find “A Wife of Noble Character?”
The wise teacher turned to him and asked if he thought that a Proverbs 31 woman was the only kind of woman he would accept and proudly the boy proclaimed that he wanted “A woman that would raise the kids, but also help feed and clothe the family.”
I sat in disbelief wondering if this kid actually expected his wife to sew all of his and their childrens cloths. It was 1997, after all. I began to read the passage and have been rather obsessed with it ever since. I bought a related domain name several years ago and while I have never done anything with it, I did recently rename a business to reflect what I feel I have become. A thirty-one wife and mom.
What follows is my modern spin on Proverbs 31.
New International Version (NIV)
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.