Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Virtuous Wife

Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her 
And a portion for her 
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her 
merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to 
the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household
For all her household is clothed
with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself; 
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with 
And on her tongue is the law of
She watches over the ways of
her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up
and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises
"Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all."
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the 
Lord, she shall be praised.
Giver her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Holy Bible, New King James version

I may never be the virtuous wife (does such a woman exist?)  but I can be the best wife I know how to be. 

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