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Proverbs 31:24

 “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”

 

The word “maketh” in the Strong’s is:

Strong’s H6213 – `asah

1) to do, fashion, accomplish, make

a) (Qal)

1) to do, work, make, produce

a) to do

b) to work

c) to deal (with)

d) to act, act with effect, effect

2) to make

a) to make

b) to produce

c) to prepare

d) to make (an offering)

) to attend to, put in order

f) to observe, celebrate

g) to acquire (property)

h) to appoint, ordain, institute

i) to bring about

j) to use

k) to spend, pass

b) (Niphal)

1) to be done

2) to be made

) to be produced

4) to be offered

5) to be observed

6) to be used

c) (Pual) to be made

2) (Piel) to press, squeeze

Obviously there is a lot of information in this Strong’s definition for the translation of the word “maketh”.  That is the reason I included all of the options here because it is so deep that one word doesn’t cover it.  In whatever way necessary, this woman makes fine linen to sell.  She is very active and is clearly producing something in order to bring additional income into the home.  Whether she is doing it as an endeavor for her own personal spending money (perhaps to lay up enough savings to purchase that vineyard! ;-)) or if she is wanting to just add some money to the family account, we don’t know.  But for whatever purpose this woman is not merely a consumer of goods.  She is a producer as well.

The next word I want to discuss is “selleth” –

Strong’s H4376 – makar

1) to sell

a) (Qal)

1) to sell

2) seller (participle)

b) (Niphal)

1) to be sold

2) to sell oneself

3) to be given over to death

c) (Hithpael) to sell oneself

I found it very interesting that this word is used quite often in the Old Testament in reference to people being bought and sold, as in the account of Joseph being sold by his brothers.  Immediately the Lord prompted my heart to remember that whenever we sell some item that we have made, it is a reflection of who we are.  It tells a great deal about our personality, our commitment, our quality.  If I make a basket I want that basket to be excellent so that those who purchase it will know that I took great care to craft it well. So in a very clear way, yes, I am selling who I am in that basket.  Does that make sense?  If I make a cake or host an event I want every part of that to be my best work so that those who receive will feel loved and cared for, because they will see my efforts were to bless them.  That is showing who I am.

This word “makar” is also used to explain betrothal in marriage.  How interesting!  To equate the making and selling of a garment to actually betrothing – giving of yourself to another.  I am not talking about literally becoming engaged to another person, but about revealing yourself – who you are as an individual – through the work that you produce.  Have you ever considered this in your own life?

Years ago, as we were raising our children, in homeschooling them – I conveyed to them the importance of mastery of a concept and not just the goal of getting a good grade.  I clearly remember the decision to no longer do a Spelling curriculum with them when it became clear that they all could pass the spelling tests each Friday but when I would check their daily work in other subjects or read reports they had written there would be so many misspelled words.  They were getting all “A’s” on their Spelling but missing the entire concept of spelling words correctly in everything else.  Momentary accolades are not the goal – MASTERY is the goal.

How often in our daily lives do we as women, wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, Children of God settle for second best in our efforts simply because we are trying to get finished with something.  Do we truly seek to produce excellence in our efforts?  Now I am not talking about that perfectionist mentality that can never find peace in any effort – that is not of God.  What I am talking about is the difference between putting a healthy, well-balanced, appetizing meal on the table or sitting a box of Cornflakes on the table and a jug of milk for breakfast. If all you have to offer is cornflakes, then pour it into the bowl and set a nice little pitcher of milk on the table.  Place some napkins and spoons beside the bowl.  Fill a glass with some cool water and set it in its proper place.  And HEY – how about a nice tablecloth on the table too – that would be a nice addition.  You may only have peanut butter sandwiches to feed your family but cut them into neat little triangles or something.  DO SOMETHING!  My mother told us when we were little that just because we were poor didn’t mean we had to be dirty.  That has stuck in my mind all these years.  Your circumstances may be less than perfect but you don’t have to wallow in them or allow them to determine your future.  God desires the best for and from His children.

When we are consistently striving to offer our best, whether in worship to our Lord or in service to His people in the form of ministry to our family or to the church or to the world, we can be at peace with our final product.  We can offer ourselves with no disgrace nor shame.  And another wonderful benefit is that when the devil comes to whisper his words of condemnation into our thoughts, we can have no fear!!!

 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”          2Timothy 2:15

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”               Colossians 3:23-24

 

 

Angelia

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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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5 Responses to "Proverbs 31:24"

  1. Cath says:

    Morning Angie!
    2 things really stood out for me: “…striving to offer our best…in service to His people in the form of ministry to our family…” Instead of just being the Mom, getting all things done…really make it a mission to excel. This home is my Mission Field then?! What good is it to be taking my homemade bread to the neighbours (and receive ooh’s and aah’s) when I can’t find the time to play Barbies with my girls. Just thinking out loud here. And the second thing that stood out was: “when the devil comes to whisper his words of condemnation into our thoughts, we can have no fear!!!” That’s a biggie for me!! Sometimes I think that if we could just shut out the world – even for a short period of time – we could truly concentrate on what is important and then we wouldn’t even hear him whisper.

    Okay Angie…I’m listening! I know the passage is about making fine things so we can buy that vineyard, but…first we need to fix what’s broken in our own homes…yes???

    Ohhh Angie, I have a new mantra, my friend. This family is my mission field and NO FEAR!!!

    Love to you and thank you for doing what you do.
    Cath

    1. Angelia Angelia says:

      Amen Cath!!! You are hearing from the Lord there and I know that whatever He is speaking to your heart is the exact focus He wants you to have. SO YES!!! NO FEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Love you big!

  2. Christina says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful study.

  3. Shellie says:

    Another good study Angelia! It makes me look at myself and question, are there anythings in my life that I do ‘hoping’ for those ooooh’s and ahhhh’s? Or do I do all things to the best of my ability simply for the purpose of doing them to the best of my ability (as unto the Lord!)?

    You wrote: *We can offer ourselves with no disgrace nor shame. And another wonderful benefit is that when the devil comes to whisper his words of condemnation into our thoughts, we can have no fear!!!*

    I must confess, sadly, there was an incident recently where I blundered terribly by heeding those awful words the devil put in my ear. I’ve worked and worked to try not to even think bad thoughts of others, let alone speak them. I was raised with a mother and grandma who both were very very vocal (in volume and in frequency) about their disapproval of others, saying these terrible things out loud on purpose so the person could hear them. Even about strangers at the store. Grandma’s seemed to be centered around the size of womens behinds when she was out at the grocery store or where ever, mom’s was the number of children someone had or any other notion that hit her. It was always so embarrassing to me!!! However, I found I ‘inherited’ that trait somewhat when I became an adult. Not to the extent they did it but I did it none the less. And a little is just as bad as a lot!! I worked very hard to defeat that area of my life over the years and with the Lords help it stopped. It was no longer a part of my life.

    However, a couple days ago Don and I were out at Wal-Mart. The crowds were horrendous! (Already!) As we worked our way through the crowds a group of young women cut across in front of us who were dressed more for a night club scene than a shopping one. Very scant and flashy. Their cutting across in front of us didn’t even bother me. I understood their trying to get through, but all of a sudden I just popped off with a loud comment about how they were dressed! Where anyone and everyone could hear!! And worse, it was a few minutes before the impact of what I had done took hold of me! When I said it I noticed Don turned and gave me a disapproving look immediately but it took me a minute or two for it to click why. I sorely regretted it!! But it was too late. The damage had been done. If the girls heard me I may have hurt their feelings, to the others around us I may have caused them to take notice of the girls or caused them to think the same thing. To all of them I was an extremely poor witness and not even close to being a representative of Christ! It was awful!! I apologized to my husband and children (yes they were with us! Great example I was!). I asked the Lord to forgive me however I was not able to ask the forgiveness of those girls nor apologize to them for having said what I did. Now to society as a whole they’d probably laugh at me for all of this because to them its not a big deal. The girls themselves may have not even been offended, but I know what was behind the words and it wasn’t right. If my husband saw it in my words others had to have too. I feel ashamed every time I think of it. In that moment of chaos in the store I showed my true self and I don’t like her much at the moment! There’s a saying that you can tell who a man really is by what comes out of his mouth when he smashes his thumb with a hammer. Well, I failed that test the other day! So I must strive harder for that level of excellence I was working toward.I don’t believe its impossible, I just need to work harder and seek the Lords help to retrain the way my mind works. I also need to seek His help in ‘holding every thought captive’ before it hits my mouth!

    I want to have a kind, loving spirit toward all people. Not just those who fit my ‘mold’ of what they should be. I want to be able to love them like Christ would. I want to be a good witness no matter where I am or who I’m around. We are living in a lost and dying world. We NEED to be a good witness more now than ever! I failed the other day. May the Lord guide me and help me correct that.

    As to the home and giving our best to all we do, I believe this is an excellent study! So often we let fatigue determine what kind of job we do. How often do we as a society give the house (or other task) a quick lick and a promise instead of really taking the time to just do the job correctly the first time? Never realizing we are actually creating more work for ourselves in the long run. Or setting a lower standard of whats acceptable! I don’t want the Lord to look at my work and with a sigh say, “You’ve done good enough.” It is very important to me that when I stand before my Lord I hear Him say, “Well done!” Not speaking in terms of salvation but in terms of my level of commitment to getting my work done. I want to be who God created me to be. It is Him that honor should go to and I am not very honoring if I’m only half doing something.

    Ultimately it is Christ who should be glorified and if we aren’t giving our best for Him then He cannot get glory for anything.

    1. Angelia Angelia says:

      As always Shellie – you have shared such rich “meat” for us to chew on!! I felt so convicted myself in reading your testimony about speaking harshly and had to repent for my own mouth!!
      Like you I was raised to hear criticism regularly and learned to do the same. An area we need to diligently work on overcoming every day. Praise the Lord that He is an excellent example and teacher when our hearts are open to the teaching!!
      Love you!!

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