The virtuous woman as it is in the book of Proverbs 31:10-31 KJV
Who can find a virtuous woman? Can you find her in yourself?
Virtue is much more than moral values that we live out. It is more valuable than that because it takes a lifetime to cultivate virtue.
Have you recently stopped to evaluate what virtues you need to work on?
Here are the well known verses form the book of Proverbs that give us a role model of what virtue looks like in real life.
I hope you thoughtfully read these verses and learn how you can become a more virtuous woman starting today!
Proverbs 31:10-31 KJV
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trusteth in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She make it herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh a fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She opened her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
What is a Virtuous Woman?
A woman of virtue and a virtuous wife is what we aspire to be. It is not who we are now, but it is who we can flourish into. It is us at our full potential.
This beautiful picture of a good woman are the words of King Lemuel that his mother gave him. These were the things that he should look for in the ideal wife.
She should be a godly woman that her husband could have full confidence in, a woman of valor, and excellent wife in every way.
She should have eager hands for hard work in any of the affairs of her household whether it concerns winter clothes or good and delicious food.
She should be a Christian woman who is ready to serve the poor.
A woman like this is a wife of noble character and a beautiful woman. She is a woman of worth.
I want to be her! Don’t you?
Who can be a Virtuous Woman?
It is a good thing for married women who already have a husband, children, and homes to cultivate virtue, but virtue is also for the single woman who maybe doesn’t get married, too.
The unmarried whether they are young women or a few years older can all profit from following the example of the Proverbs 31 woman. Yes, it is written with marriage in mind for the woman to run a household, but single women can have many of the virtues mentioned here. Some of them relate to basic needs of life that any woman can learn and apply to her own life.
Even unmarried women are homemakers, too. Their roles simply look different without the responsibilities of a husband and children.
They still have to make a home for themselves and in many ways, single women may have less distractions than what we typically think of as homemakers to keep them from pursuing virtue.
Although it is mentioned that for wives their own husbands will praise her and their children will call them blessed, virtue is valued in an unmarried woman and there are many who will praise them for it, too.
Virtue in all its splendor and glory and refining is for any woman.
Final Thoughts on the Virtuous Woman
If I stop and think about becoming this worthy woman, it seems like an impossible dream to wish for. There is no way I could be her. There is so much distraction and so much that challenges me in the day to day to be virtuous.
It’s hard to think of trying to be the kind of woman who excels at homemaking because is there is so much that I find hard to keep up with already. It seems impossible to make a virtuous home sometimes.
Though if there is anything that I have learned in this year so far, it is that we need to dream the impossible dream. Impossibility inspires and challenges us to our full potential. We need impossibility.
So I know it seems impossible for me to be fully virtuous in my homemaking or as a wife and a mom, but I’m going to strive for it anyways, to reach for it anyways, to dream the impossible dream no matter what it takes.
Will you join me in this journey of becoming a virtuous homemaker? Would you care to learn how to truly be christian women with all the virtues alongside me? Will you seek the noble things of virtue to make a virtuous home with me?
Let it be a life long goal of ours to take the key words of this chapter from this book of wisdom and apply it to our hearts and homes!
Come! Let us strive to flourish into virtuous women together!