10A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29″Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
The book of Proverbs ends with an epilogue to the wife of noble character. This ancient epilogue cuts through our modern culture of vanity to the heart of TRUE beauty.
Based on our current culture, what do you think society would place as the top 5 traits that make somebody beautiful? Odds are that most, if not all, of those traits are external and fleeting with time and age.
Compare that now with the description given in Proverbs. Character, fidelity, ethic, dignity, and respect for God. These traits are internal and increase with time and age.
Thought for Today: Of these two very different lists, which one are you using to measure beauty? Who do you know who exemplifies the Proverbs list? The instruction in verses 30 & 31 is clear. Honor her. Take a moment today to encourage and praise her for her TRUE beauty.
Today’s Prayer: Father, thank you for helping us to see what you see. Help my heart to focus on true beauty and to follow the example of your word. Amen.