On Prairie Homemaker we are studying the P31 lady. I thought I would share those posts with my blog readers.
P31 speaks both to men and to women. It is a mother telling her son what to do to rule well and what to look for in a wife. I read a lot of studies on biblical womanhood. I have noticed an alarming trend in recent ones of “dumbing down” the P31 woman. saying things like she is just a composite of many women.
Personally, given the not to distant history of this very country, I do not buy the claim that no one woman could do all that. Pioneer women did. Women during the depression and WW2 did. What makes us so weak that we can not? Feminism telling us we shouldn’t have to.
The P31 is the woman we are to teach the younger wives to be in Titus 2:3-5.
So let us look intently and drink deeply from the Word and see just what this P31 woman did that made her so very special. What makes her the model we as wives and mothers should work to become? I will post it in total now and then post replies with each verse.
Pro 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
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.
Pro 31:13 She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands.
Pro 31:14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she brings her food from afar.
Pro 31:15 She rises also while it is yet night, and gives meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
Pro 31:16 She considers a field, and buys it: with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
Pro 31:17 She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms.
Pro 31:18 She perceives that her merchandise is good: her candle goes not out by night.
Pro 31:19 She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
Pro 31:20 She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.
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 makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Pro 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
Pro 31:24 She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles unto the merchant.
Pro 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Pro 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Pro 31:27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.
Pro 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
Pro 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excels them all.
Pro 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears 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.