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Welcome to week 2 of the Woman of Excellence Bible study hosted by A Women's Place

Welcome to week 2 (of 2 weeks) of the Woman of Excellence Bible Study Series hosted by A Women's Place. If you missed the first week I highly recommend reading those Bible studies as well.

Proverbs 31:10-31 (Amplified)

  • v 10 A capable, intelligent and 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.
  • v 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her safely, so that he has no lack of honest gain or need of dishonest spoil.
  • v 12 She will comfort, encourage and do him only good as long as there is life within her.
  • v 13 She seeks out the wool and flax [of which righteous character is made?] and works with willing hands to develop it.
  • v 14 She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs, she brings her household's [spiritual?] food from a far [country].
  • v 15 She rises while it is night and gets [through communion with her God?] spiritual food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.
  • v 16 She considers a new field [of interest or activity] before she buys or accepts it -- expanding prudently [and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming others]. With her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.
  • v 17 She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.
  • v 18 She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp [of faith and dependence upon God] goes not out' but [full of the oil of His Spirit] it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation or sorrow, warning away such robbers as fear, doubt and distrust].
  • v 19 She lays her hands to the spindle [spinning threads of which character is made], and her hands hold the distaff [making yarn to weave into lives pleasing to God].
  • v 20 She opens her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind or spirit].
  • v 21 She fears not the snow [of temptation or false teaching] for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in [the] scarlet [of redemption].
  • v 22 She makes for herself coverlets, cushions and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure white and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priest and the hallowed cloths of the temple are made].
  • v 23 Her husband is know in the city's gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
  • v 24 She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one for service].
  • v 25 Strength 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]!
  • v 26 She opens her mouth with skillful and godly wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness -- giving counsel and instruction.
  • v 27 She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness [gossip, discontent and self-pity] she will not eat.
  • v 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed -- happy, fortunate and to be envied; and her husband boasts of and praises her, saying,
  • v 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly and well [with strength of character that is steadfast in goodness] but you excel them all.
  • v 30 Charm 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!
  • v 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates of the city!
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