The Virtuous Woman
updated Sept 28, 2006
Pro 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price
is far above rubies.
What is a virtuous woman? It is someone who is strong, valiant,
with means, someone with power, and resources far beyond others. When you look up the word "virtuous" in the original Hebrew,
that is what it tells you, that and more. But, today, you often hear these Scriptures read in churches across America on Mother's
Day. It goes far deeper than that. These Scriptures are a type-an illustration from the heart of God of the Bride of Jesus
Christ. It's a portrait of His Church. In a world sick with sin, filled with selfishness, and violence, and full of darkness,
She shines as a bright light, as a city set on a hill. She stands out because she does not need medication to find peace or
rest. She stands out because she thinks of others more than herself. She stands out because she has a servant's heart. Her
agenda is not her own, neither is her word. It is HIS. The Light that shines from her comes from Him. It is HIS light. To
Him, she is far more valuable than gemstones.
Pro 31:11 The heart of her husband doth
safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Pro 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the
days of her life.
She is sold out to God, she is dead to this world, and He knows
she will not forsake Him and walk away for vain and passing treasures. He is her Treasure, and He trusts Her with His Name,
and His Word, and with it, delegated authority and power over her enemies. (Luk 10:19-20) The Lord is not looking for another,
He is satisfied with His Bride. She yields to Him and lets Him make her what she needs to be. On the other hand, her friends,
her family, her employer, they can safely trust in her, as a Christian, as part of the Bride of Christ, that her word is her
bond, her fingers are not sticky, her eyes are not covetous and greedy. If this part of the Bride, this Christian, is married,
then the spouse has no worry of not trusting in her.
Pro 31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly
with her hands.
Pro 31:14 She is like the merchants'
ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
Wool represents purity, it's white. Remember, in Rev. 1, when John
was in the Spirit and heard the Lord talk with him, he turned around and just the glory and power of the vision of the Lord
who talked with him was so pronounced, so awesome, he fell like a dead man on his face. He said the hairs of His head were
"white, like wool" and it signifies purity. Flax is something grown Egypt, and listen to this: it is torn from its native
soil in Egypt or India. The stalks of the plant are laid out in strips, to dry out in the scorching sun. In Biblical times,
they were laid out on the roofs of houses to dry-and this was a hot, desert climate. Later, they were put in ovens to dry
out. They are then peeled, to separate the stalk from the fibers inside which are used to make fine linen cloth and also wicks
for lighting lamps. Then, it is torn by a comb designed to straighten, and remove knots, and impurities, then it's tied to
stones, and immersed in water so it can be ready to be transformed into white, linen garments on a spinning wheel. We, as
Christians, are taken out of sin, rooted up from our dark, sin-gripped world, and put in the kingdom of God's dear Son, bathed
in His Light, and we have a purifying, sanctifying process to go through, as well. Our flesh life, our self-life has to be
stripped away, and destroyed, like circumcision of the heart. It's a painful process. Flesh and self have to go. We have to
learn we can't trust anything in ourselves to be good enough to bring to Him. Then when we are tired, and empty of ourselves,
he immerses us in living waters, fills us with Himself, he anchors us to Himself-He is the Rock, the Cornerstone the builders
rejected. Or, to put it another way:
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water
unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you
with the Holy Ghost, and with
Mat 3:12 Whose fan
is in his hand, and he
will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Wow-I missed so much when I studied this last year....I am so grateful
the Lord drew me back to these Scriptures this evening! It amazes me how you can read His Word and get something new out of
it every time, that always satisfies and delights the soul...!!!
And this Bride, she works willingly with her hands. She raises
her hands to her Lord, she uses her hands in and for His service. She uses them to minister and help others. Wow, this is
making me feel ever more privileged to have been placed in His body...as part of His Bride...Hallelujah!
Pro 31:14 She is like the merchants'
ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
Pro 31:15 She riseth also while it is
yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
The merchants' ships would transport goods, food, and materials
people needed across the oceans and seas to other lands. The Bride of Christ is like that, she travels, carrying with her
the Bread of Life that come down from Heaven, to share with who so ever will come and hunger and thirst. She is not one given
to laziness and slumber. She gets up early, and seeks the face of God for a word for her household, for her family, her neighborhood,
those the Lord brings across her path. She fills up on HIM so she will have what others around her need when she is given
opportunity to minister to them in whatever capacity presents itself.
Luk 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise
his lord shall make ruler over his
give them their
portion of meat in
She knows she has been given the responsibility, she's been set
as a light in her home, her town, her school, her workplace, and because she is not the Source, but has constant access to
the Source, and all the provision needed for the task, that there is no room or excuse for failing to shine. She brings her
food from afar because it's the Bread of Life, and she got it on her knees and in His Word and it's for those around her who
are hungry, for those who are sick of the world and the elusive peace so many seek in so many dark and dim and tired places.
Pro 31:16 She considereth a field, and
buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
Mat 13:44 Again, the kingdom
of heaven is like unto treasure hid in
a field; the which when a man
hath found, he hideth, and for joy
and selleth all that he hath, and
buyeth that field.
She has this precious Word of God, a gift from on high, paid for
with the blood of Jesus Christ and the holy men of old who sacrificed their lives to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She
doesn't take it lightly or for granted. She cherishes it. She's digging in this field, she's finding the promises of God,
taking possession of what has been revealed to her, and it is making her strong in the Lord. She's considered the promises
carefully. She has sold out completely to the Word of God. As a result, the work of her hands is blessed. She becomes fruitful.
The fruit of her hands is the result of the Spirit of God working in her life, sowing the Word, bringing forth the gentleness,
peace, joy, patience, longsuffering, all the fruits of the Spirit, listed in Gal 5:22. It touches the lives of those around
her. His life, his living water flowing through her spreads out with healing and transforming power to bring hope into the
lives of the hurting souls around her. She's been to the Source. She's sold out to Him. She's bought the field, and all the
Treasure hidden in it. But this Treasure is not to be kept for self. It's to be found and shared with others. She sows seeds
of life and hope in the lives of others.
Pro 31:17 She girdeth her loins
with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
In Bible times, they wore close fitting tunics over their bodies,
that were normally about knee-length. They covered these with long, flowing robes. When people relaxed or were at ease, they
left the robes loose. But when it was time to move, fight, or travel, they tied up the robes with rope or a sash of sorts,
so they might better move. In the Hebrew, the word "gird" means to put on a belt, or armor, the loins means our minds, and
she's put on HIS strength, because HE makes her strong. Remember, HE is her Source. The promises of God in His Word is what
she wraps around herself and moves and lives on. She stands on His Word to her. And the Her I'm talking about here, be reminded,
is every born again believer, (for there is no male or female in the kingdom of God) (Gal 3:28)
Pro 31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise
is good: her candle goeth not
out by night.
Pro 31:19 She layeth
her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She knows the Word of God is good, and that it lights her way in
this dark world, no matter how dark things get. She knows the light of God will never go out. She is trusting, in verse 19
the rod and staff of the Lord to be her comfort, the word distaff literally means a crutch. That is what the Word of God is-
it holds her up daily. Remember in Heb 1:3, he says he upholds all things by the word of his power.
Pro 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth
forth her hands to the needy.
She reaches out in verse 20, to the poor, meaning in this verse,
according to Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, the depressed in mind or circumstances, the afflicted, the humble, needy and poor.
Those around her who are hurting, who are bruised by the world, circumstances, and hard times. The Christians around her who
are harassed by the enemy, or circumstance, and are weak. She reaches out with the compassion of God, to minister strength
and encouragement to them. She speaks life into their situation, because she has sat at His feet, and heard His Word.
Pro 31:21 She is not afraid
of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Pro 31:22 She maketh herself coverings
of tapestry; her clothing is
silk and purple.
Pro 31:23 Her husband
is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She's not afraid of the cold for her household, because all of
her household are covered, by the precious, crimson blood of the Lamb. Her husband has the respect of those around him because
his wife is this virtuous woman, a woman who has power with God because she walks submitted under the authority of God.
Pro 31:24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Pro 31:25 Strength
and honor are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Pro 31:26 She openeth
her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Strength and honor are her clothing, she will have much to rejoice
over in the future, when she reaps what she's sown. When she opens her mouth, in verse 26, her words are kind, her tongue
is under control, the law of kindness rules there. Translated as it's used here, that means in the Strong's Hebrew, piety,
beauty, favor, goodness, kind, loving, merciful, having pity, and mercy. She speaks what is right, gentle, and good. Her words
are profitable to those w ho hear them. They are not idle or cruel. Her wisdom is not worldly or sensual.
Pro 31:27 She looketh well to the ways
of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Pro 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth
She looketh well to the ways of her house: She observes, waits,
keeping watch over and looking out for her family, those under her care. She's like a watchman, prepared for the enemy when
he tries to come in and do harm. She doesn't listen to or feed on idle words, or lies. She is not slothful. She feeds on the
Word of God, she prays and communes with Him at His table, and fills up on His wisdom, and is directed by Him. Only with this
kind of communion can this virtuous woman be and achieve all that these Scriptures say she does. It must be HIM working in
and through her. Human flesh could not do this led by a carnal mind.
Pro 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously,
but thou excellest them all.
Pro 31:30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Pro 31:31 Give her
of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Strong's Hebrew for 'favor' means graciousness,
kindness, pleasant and precious, well-favored, beauty. A person can put on a sham, and lie and pretend to favor someone, but
a woman that feareth, or reveres the Lord, is morally reverent toward the Lord, shall be praised. She'll be well thought of
by those around her. They might not understand, they might mock her devotion, but in their troubles, they will praise her
for her wisdom. In their folly, they will see her wisdom. They will look to her for guidance because they've seen her ways
are right, because her ways are the way of the Lord. That is called being a light to the World, letting Jesus shine through
her life. He is where the virtue, the force, the power comes from. As the world around her that is lost and in darkness and
misery to a harsh taskmaster, and quickly perishing, sees the peace and light and strength that are so evident in her life-she
doesn't have to preach Scriptures to them. Her life is the light to those around. Her life is the evidence of the testimony
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She knows she doesn't have to back up His Word, or prove anything to the world. HE will do
it in and through her. He will back up His Word however He chooses. At the end of her journey, the result of her faith, her
trust in His promises, will be the souls saved who have been touched by the life of Christ in her, flowing out of her to a
lost and needy world. What better reason to live can you think of? I love how Bro. Leonard Ravenhill put it, when he asked
the question "Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?" If you are living for yourself, for pleasure, and
gain, that is not why He died. He came to seek and save the lost. To bind up the wounded, to heal the broken hearted, to loose
the slave and set the captives at liberty, to open the blinded eyes. He desires to minister His grace and power and life through
His Bride to continue ministering to the poor and needy. He knows His Bride will not take the credit or glory from Him. He
knows she will faithfully point others to Him. He shares His heart with her, and He knows He can trust her. Is this the kind
of intimacy you have with Jesus Christ? Do you want it? I do! Will you let the lies of the enemy stop you? Will you let the
weakness of your flesh or your fears stop you? When He promised that He would perfect what concerns you, (Psa 138:8) and do
the work in you (Phi 1:6, 2:15) and that because He promised (2 Pet 1:3-5) we could partake of His divine nature, just because
He promised we could! He didn't say we deserved this honor. He didn't say we couldn't. He made us meet or acceptable to partake
of Him! HE MADE US ACCEPTABLE-
Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Whose report will you believe,
the devil's, your carnal mind's, or the Word of God? I can honestly say I am not there yet, but praise the Lord when I was
in these Scriptures last year I didn't see all this. So I'm growing in grace and knowledge of HIM. He's taking me where I
can't go and He's making me what the devil said I could never be!!! Hallelujah! Don't let these Scriptures discourage or dishearten
you! Don't listen to the voices that say you can't be what this says you are to be! Of course you can't be like this on your
own! HE works the work and HE is the power in you to do it. When the circumstances are over your head, out of your control
and beyond your ability to understand, they are under His feet. Remember that. He sits as King of the floods. He knows all.
He is everywhere. He sees everything. He is ALL Mighty. And HE in His great power and majesty LOVES YOU....what an honor.
I tell myself-and you, is HE not worth getting up an hour early for? Is He not worth digging into this Book He had written
so we can know HIM better? OH, YES!! Does my flesh want to? No. Does my carnal mind? No. Does my heart and soul? YESSSSSS
sigh, sigh...I got to have Him. My family has got to have Him. We all have got to have Him. He is so precious. What a privileged
people we are to have such an invitation from HIM. We have access. Time is running short. The call is out to everyone. Let
us come while He may be found.