Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Woman of Valor

I found this video yesterday...the more I think about it, the more I realize that this is what a "Proverbs 31" woman is like (except for the punching part, even though it was "deserved" LOL)...this is the kind of woman I am trusting God to transform me into...the king a woman a queen tells her son to look for in the book of Proverbs.



1) She is beautiful: well inner beauty is what counts in God's Kingdom - "Charm [is] deceitful and beauty [is] passing, But a woman [who] fears the LORD, she shall be praised." (Pro. 31:30)

2) Bold: "She...strengthens her arms." (Pro. 31:17b) To strengthen actually means to be courageous, brave, and BOLD and arm carries with it a meaning of political and military forces!

3) Brave: as said above, to strengthen means to be brave! Furthermore, to be a "virtuous" woman, one must be brave, as she is a "woman of valor" (the most accurate way to translate the Hebrew word for virtuous today, and how the Hebrews actually translate it.) Anyone who studies the word for "virtuous" will quickly discover that she who fights in God's army must be brave.

4) Strong: "She girds herself with strength." (Pro. 31:17a) "Strength and honor are her clothing." (Pro. 31:25a)

5) Graceful: "She opens her mouth with wisdom." (Pro. 31:26a)

6) Noble: "Her clothing [is] fine linen and purple." (Pro. 31:22b) This is a symbol of nobility. "Strength and honor [are] her clothing." (Pro. 31:25a)

7) Considerate: "On her tongue [is] the law of kindness." (Pro. 31:26b)

8) Caring: "She extends her hand to the poor." (Pro. 31:20a)

9) Compassionate: "She reaches out her hands to the needy." (Pro. 31:20b)

10) Helpful: "She...willingly works with her hands." (Pro. 31:13)

11) Supportive: "The heart of her husband safely trusts her." (Pro. 31:11a)

12) Protective: "She watches over the ways of her household." (Pro. 31:27a) To "watch" means to spy and watch closely as in a watchman on a tower. The purpose of such watching? For a watchman, to protect the city; for a wife, to protect her family.

13) Fights for her dignity: "She considers a field and buys it." (Pro.31:16a) The word for buy really means to take, seize, lay hold of. She takes and lays hold of the "land" or the promises of God, the way the Isrealites had to "take the land", the Promised Land. They fought for their "dignity", and this woman fights our enemy and takes her rightful position in God's kingdom. She considers land, and takes it. She lays hold of God's promises.

14) Stands by her man: "She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." (Pro. 31:12)

15) She never gives up: "Her lamp does not go out by night." (Pro. 31:18) Her light is not quenched during the trials of life. She never gives up.

16) She is worth coming back to: "Her worth [is] far above rubies." (Pro. 31:10b)

This woman is a true "helper" or EZER, which means she is her husband's ally in the battle they are fighting against their enemy.

 

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