Monday, October 18, 2010
A wife of noble character who can find?
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good not harm all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands....
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family.........
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for the tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.....
When it snows she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
She makes linen garments and sells them.....
She is clothed with strength and dignity.....
She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.