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Proverbs 31: 14, 15

” She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. “

 I want to cover these two scriptures at the same time because I believe the concept works together.  At this time in our world it is not such a foreign thing for us to have to drive a good distance to get a bargain.  It is really fairly common for most folks to do so and in fact it can be fun to schedule special trips into a big city or out into a farm area to get special things for our family.  I encourage women that I talk with to seek out ways to get the best foods they can – co-oping together, buying bulk together.  Even sharing different gardening crops – one grow more tomatoes and the other grow more corn and then swap.  It is a good way to build community with one another and simply the tasks at hand. 

 After doing a little research about the ancient merchant vessels that existed at the time of the writing of Proverbs, I can see such a similarity to our tasks as wives and mothers going out to purchase what we need for our family.  These ships had huge cargo areas and they would go from one port to another and they would trade with each area.  After such a long trip they would come back home laden with their treasure and everyone would come out to the harbor to see what had been brought back.  It reminds me of when we have spent a day shopping and come home and everyone comes out to help unload the groceries and bags from the car.  But I want to say that there is much planning that has to go in to such an endeavor.  Shopping because you just like to shop is not what this is about.  It is about a carefully devised plan of how to acquire the items that will take care of your family. 

 The second part of this scripture is one that I think needs to be posted on the wall of every woman’s house.  “She riseth also while it is yet night and giveth meat to her household and a portion to her maidens.”  AHA!!  Southern translation – She gets herself up out of that bed and makes breakfast!!  Sisters, come on!  Are you one who is in the habit of lying in bed until the very last second possible.  This virtuous woman is not slovenly and lazy.  She doesn’t indulge her flesh and laze around all day.  I honestly don’t think she worries about getting her “me time”.  Do you?  She riseth while it is yet night.  I seem to remember someone else being given to getting up before morning’s light – hmm . . .  oh yes, Jesus!!  He prayed in the early morning hours. 

I was checking the Strong’s for the Hebrew word used here for riseth and found it quite enligtening:

The word is quwm

1) to rise, arise, stand, rise up, stand up

   a) (Qal)

               1) to arise

               2) to arise (hostile sense)

               3) to arise, become powerful

               4) to arise, come on the scene

                5) to stand      

                           a) to maintain oneself

                           b) to be established, be confirmed

                           c) to stand, endure

                           d) to be fixed

                           e) to be valid

                           f) to be proven

                           g) to be fulfilled

                           h) to persist

                           i) to be set, be fixed


Look at number 4.  To come on the scene!  I like that!  It reminds me of our sweet Haley Marie.  She has the most wonderful habit when she arrives of saying “Ta Da!”  Like “Here I am!!”  She just oozes excitement and joy all the time and that is her way of saying “I am on the scene” That was the first thing I thought of when I read this definition – I am on the scene.  It creates an atmosphere of confidence for the task at hand.  Joy to handle the work and excitement at the opportunity.  Is that how you face the new day, Sister?  Does your family awaken to Momma singing or humming in the kitchen, the smell of good food cooking.  Does your husband find you smiling and happy to greet him as he begins preparing for his work day?  Imagine getting up early – everyone in the house is sleeping.  You get dressed, brush your teeth, make the coffee and sit down at the dining room table with a cup of coffee and your bible.  You read a passage of scripture that the Lord has laid on your heart, sip your coffee and pray.  Before your family even stirs in their beds, you are already covering them with prayer.  Then you get back into the kitchen and begin the breakfast and maybe start getting lunch packed up for those who will go out for the day. 

 Slowly one by one each family member gets up and is drawn to the kitchen – the heart of the home.  There you are ready with “meat for your household.”  How excellent!

 Now I would love to be able to say that this shows we are supposed to have bacon for breakfast every morning – but I think my doctor would not be happy with me.  “Giveth meat to her household” doesn’t mean bacon, pork chops or sausage.  Yes, we southerners do like to have a piece of fried chicken or fried pork chop on occasion with our eggs and grits.  But in this case meat is referring to food.  Honestly if all you can do is Cheerios and milk then so be it.  I remember watching Andy Griffith and Aunt Bee always had her breakfast table set for Opie and Andy.  She had nice dishes and silverware set out with a napkin.  Little Opie always had cereal but it was in place with graciousness.  This is of course, a fictional family but is this not do-able.  Can we not set a nice table to feed our family’s soul as well as its belly?

 There are some who are just not able to do this – husband’s may not work in the normal 9 to 5 job.  Your husband may be a truck driver who is on the road most of the week.  Or he may work the night shift and he comes to bed at 7:00 in the morning.  What is important is that you do what the concept here is talking about to the best of your ability.  In a perfect world we would all have . . . well, the perfect set-up.  Some folks don’t, but that is no reason to throw the entire concept away. 

 One final section is “and a portions to her maidens”.  This is referring to the female servants this particular woman had in her household.  Now I don’t have servants in my household.  If you do – what a blessing.  I believe this is a reminder to us that whenever someone is in our home or in our service that we need to make sure to cover their needs as best as we can.  Whenever there is someone here – a repairman or a friend helping with something, we always make them something to drink and something to eat if time allows.  Our family tries very hard to make sure we send visitors away with a word of love from Jesus and a gift – eggs, jam, loaf of bread, plant or something.  Save a portion for those who are in service as well as those in your family.

I want to close this section now because I am eager to hear your thoughts on this.  Remember Sisters – If the Lord reveals something to you then you need to respond to His wooing and make the changes necessary.  That is the way we become more and more like our Jesus. 

Verse: Proverbs 31:14-15

 Thoughts: She proves the adage, “Man’s work is from sun to sun but a woman’s work is never done.”  

Hi Angie, WOW, I just found yor site this evening and I know I came upon it thru the Lord, I have felt a little underappricated a little lately and this passage is just what I needed to make me know and feel that what I do for my family is Important. My children are grown and out of the house si it is just my husband and me. Sometimes I loose site of just hoe important I am to the Lord. You are truly a blessing and I will keep up with you.  I have a suggestion, is it possible that you could high light the passages from the rest of your wording so it would be easier to see and also look up. I am reading this and I have to go back and look thru out to find the passages you recommend. Just a suggestion. Praise you for what you do. I love your site and check in on it everyday to find strength in his word. You are a true Blessing!!

Name: Anne

Thoughts: Angie, Today is my Sabbath and being that I am not blessed when I attend our church, I stay at home and read the Bible, watch the Hope Channel, and pray. Finding your site has blessed me beyond measure!! Here’s the thing: I have ALWAYS struggled with getting up early, especially in winter months. In the times I have tried this, I have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and by 8am, I fall asleep and end up napping for 2 hours! And I wonder what God thinks of me?!Even in the summer months it is this way. My husband, who has never been a breakfast eater, doesn’t care (I’ve asked!) and my children have always been homeschooled and we just would get up around 8, have breakfast in our jammies, and they would curl up on the sofa with a quilt and their books and begin their lessons while I took a shower and got ready for the day. I’m sure some of the ladies reading this are just appalled but I get so much more done in a day if I sleep later. I have the most energy after 9pm and when the kids were little, I would be going all day with them, schooling, having tea parties, doing crafts, baking, etc.  and after putting them to bed, I would stay up until 2am getting everything done in the house. My friends used to comment on how I was the ONLY MOTHER who was raising 2 children and had an immaculate home! I feel so lost with this. Would He rather I sleep in, and be able to focus while I am reading His word and taking care of my family or get up early, only to fall asleep while I am studying?! My desire is to be the Proverbs 31 woman…to please my Lord and live the life He wants for me!

 Name: Patty


 Thoughts: I’m glad a came across your study I was looking for something that could explain the verses more fully.  We have lost a few of our members at church in the past few years and the families have made plaques to place in the church of their loved ones with a poem or verses on it and I have had Proverbs 31 on my mind.  My grandmother was one of the ones to help start our church— she gave the church an 1 acre of land.  She taught Sunday school, played the piano, put on plays, took care of VBS, and did anything she could for her beloved Lord.  My son is 20 and he told his girlfriend that to know his grandmother was to love her and if you didn’t love her you didn’t know her.  She was the glue that kept her family together and our church as well.  She was the one when the church looked like the doors were going to close she would say no it’s not.  I’m the oldest grandchild and I was very blessed by my Lord to have the most wonderful grandmother in the world.  I’ve had these verses on my heart for her plaque ever since she has went home which is why I wanted to learn more about them.  So in reading what you wrote so far, you asked what or who we think of when we think of a virtuous woman I think of my grandmother.  My grandfather doesn’t know how to treat people, so with his wife and children he was very cruel, but my grandmother stayed with him anyway.  Some people don’t understand why she did, but love is the reason she stayed and love is the reason she saw the good in him.  My grandfather is saved and knows the Lord, it was just the way he was raised and he didn’t know that what he was doing was wrong.  So for me my grandmother was a virtuous woman and I tell the Lord all the time that I would like to be more like her.  Sometimes I feel her presence you hear people say things like that all the time, but I’ve decided its not really her I feel its the Lord.  Its just that the Spirit that lives in us is the Lord himself, so I feel her because they were one.  Please send me your updates.

Name: Lisa B.


Thoughts: I agree with everything you have said.  However, my situation is slightly different.  My husband and I own our own business and can be quite flexible with our hours which is great.  But my husband has made it clear that his top priority from me is to spend quality time with him in the mornings… in bed!  We cuddle, talk about things that are going on, and just have “alone” time without the kids interrupting. We choose to let the kids sleep in until we are out of bed, usually between 8 and 9, sometimes 9:30 on the weekend.  He gets home pretty late in the evenings so we all stay up a little late at night to spend our “evening family time” together.  It’s certainly not a traditional time frame, but it’s what works best for our family and it makes my hubby very happy!


God bless!!


 Name: Lynette

Thoughts: I have always been a morning person.  I love to get up early and start my day and know that my family is going out each day with a healthy breakfast.  A neighbor once told dh that it must be difficult to have a lazy wife who doesn’t work.  DH explained to him that I work harder than any woman he knows and that he wouldn’t have it any other way.  He also went on to explain to him that I do not sit and watch tv or stay in bed put I make sure dinner is made each and every night from scratch, I knit and sew for the family and often make extra income by doing so. Far too many women measure their worth by the amount of their paycheck instead of doing the will of God. 

 Name: Le-Teisha

 Thoughts: Hi Angie,  Just thought I should let you know that it’s been working wonderfully! (getting up in the mornings and having breakfast ready) Amazing!  Thanks for the prayers and encouragement. God is good.

 Name: Lisa

 Thoughts: I miss this study and I’m glad I came here tonight. I’m trying to make myself get up early so I can have my quiet time with the Lord and have coffee fellowship with my husband. We get up before the children and he makes coffee for the two of us. Angie I like what you said about preparing breakfast in the morning. We have become such a cold cereal and milk family and I want to get into the habit of preparing a good breakfast for my family. Please add my email address letting me know when you are updating the study. Thanks again!

 Name: Regina

Thoughts: Out of all the verses this is my very favorite part.

 Name: Christina



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2 Responses to "Proverbs 31: 14, 15"

  1. Julia says:

    Hello, this is my first time commenting here but I have been going through these bible studies from proverbs 31 for several weeks already. I really enjoy them and the way you explain these verses clarifys alot for me. Reading about these different qualities of the virtuous woman makes me think of how my mom and grandmother and great granmother have shown them throughout the years to me and others. I pray God would help me learn to live out these qualities for his glory. Thank you so Much and may God bless you as you keep up these studies.

    1. Angelia Angelia says:

      Dearest Julia – thank you for sharing your comments and I am so glad you have found our study and are joining us in it. Thank you for your blessing and please do feel free to comment on the study as we move along!

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