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Proverbs 31:25

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

A Virtuous Woman

**The precious woman in this picture is my paternal grandmother – Marie Aimee Nina LeBoeuf.  She was born deaf as was her husband Ollie.  They raised three sons.  Their eldest was my father.   Isn’t she lovely!!

 

One of the first things any person notices in another person is the clothing they wear.  We have already talked about clothing a couple of times in this study so far but this verse is going to be a bit different.  In this verse we see that the word “clothing” is translated from the:

Strong’s H3830 – l?buwsh

1) clothing, garment, apparel, raiment

Obviously this is talking about something you put on – something you wrap yourself in, so to speak.  Something you wear.  We often hear of people “wearing their heart on their sleeve” or “wearing a mask” or “wearing blinders” but this verse is referring to something that is much more obvious.  It is not only something perceived in another person but it is a covering to be clearly and purposefully enrobed in. The wearer chooses to wrap themselves in these traits.  So let’s examine them.

Strength – Strong’s H5797 – `oz

1) might, strength

a) material or physical

b) personal or social or political

Why would a woman need strength?  The scripture tells us in 1 Peter 3:7  “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”  The wife is the weaker vessel.  Hmmmm.  But in Proverbs 31:25, the Word tells us that she is to be clothed in strength.  How is that possible?

 Psalm 46:1 “. . . God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

 Deuteronomy 11:8  “Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;”

 1 Chronicles 16:11  “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”

 Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

 Psalm 31:24 “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!”

 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

These scripture tells us how to be strong!!!  It tells us that God’s strength is that which we we are to wrap ourselves.  Why do we need skin on our bodies?  Well, to hold everything in, right!! 😉  Our skin protects our inner parts and keeps everything together.  It is vital!  When our skin is pulled off we are in indescribable pain and infection quickly sets in.  We must be covered in our physical and we must be covered in our spiritual.  Our spiritual strength comes from the strength of the Lord  and without it, disease, pain and death come.  Each and every day we must chose to clothe ourselves in the strength of the Lord.  That comes from:

KNOWLEDGE –

Proverbs  24:5   “A wise man is strong; yea, a man  of knowledge  increaseth  strength.”

Not necessarily academic book knowledge – like algebra and sociology but book knowledge as in the study of the Holy Bible. Knowledge of who we are in Christ Jesus.  Knowledge of His Plan for our lives and our loved ones.  Knowledge of how to defeat the enemy which is the devil.  Knowledge of the promises of God for our lives and our future.  That kind of knowledge.

OBEDIENCE to the Word of God –

Deuteronomy 11:8  “Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;”

One of the most important marks of a Child of God is their obedience to His Word.  In 2Corinthians 10:5  “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” we see that we are to make EVERY thought obedient to Christ.  EVERY thought!  Is it impossible? No!  But it does take great strength and determination and a focus on the Word of God. We must have a KNOWLEDGE of the Word and then we must OBEY.  That is the way to strength.

The second part of our clothing is Honour!

Honour – Strong’s H1926 –  hadar

1) ornament, splendour, honour

a) ornament

b) splendour, majesty

c) honour, glory

This translation was one I really had to study over and pray over.  When I think of honour some of these words do not come immediately to my mind, but the more I prayed over them I see the importance.  Honour is indeed a glorious thing!  We read the scriptures

1 Chronicles 16:27Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.”

Psalm 96:6        Honour  and majesty are before  him: strength and beauty  are in his sanctuary.”

Psalm  104:1  “Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.”

Again as I studied this word, I realized that we as humans attempt to embellish ourselves and our lives with ornaments to show beauty or greatness.  I think of the jewelry that is worn now: gold, pearls, diamonds, rings, necklaces, earrings, piercings.  And this is just part of the effort of adorning that is made in this modern age.  How simple it is to slip a ring on a finger or a necklace around the neck.  Have you ever thought about it – I mean really thought about it?  I look down at my hands while I type on this keyboard and imagine what they would look like with rings, bracelets, nail polish.  No, my hands are not adorned with metal and rocks and paint.  They are worn even scarred in places.  I have short fingernails that are continually broken off from work.  The nail is the same color as my hand.  On the edges of my index fingers and thumbs there are some calluses from working in the garden or weaving baskets.  Nope, no diamonds, no polish, no adornment of this world.  They do have some of my daughter’s hand balm on them though. 🙂  But I have to tell you that I am not ashamed of my hands.  And I know for a fact that my husband and my children think I have beautiful hands.  I do not have to worry about my rings scratching my little grandson when I hold him.  Tomorrow my nails will look just fine and won’t have to be re-done because the paint has chipped off.  Again, this is just talking about one type of false adornment.  Think of all the others – all the various and sundry ways that folks try to deck themselves.

And now even the little children feel ugly if they don’t have make-up, fancy clothes, jewelry and nail polish. God forbid!

Let’s compare – would you be more shocked by a little girl saying, “Momma, I want to be pretty like Angelina Jolie!”  or  “Momma, I want to be honorable and strong for Jesus!”  You know the answer to that.  There is no question which one is spoken all the time!  ALL THE TIME!!  We were robbed by Satan as children and children are being robbed today – robbed of who they really are and who they need to strive to be.  If we see this and we do not do all we can to stop it, then we are accomplices to the thief.  In fact, aren’t we as wives part of the problem for our husbands?

Let me expound on that for a minute.  I receive a great many emails every day.  It is not uncommon for me to receive one from a woman who is struggling with these very concepts because her husband really wants her to “fix up”.  He likes her looking made-up and dressed in a provocative manner.  His manliness is challenged when she looks “dumpy”.  I add the quotes there so you know these are the exact words used in some of these letters.  SISTERS!!!  Please, please, please – examine what you are exuding when you are dressed in simple modest clothing!!!  Examine your attitude and behavior when you remove the adornments – the false adornments of this world!  Strength and honour are your clothing!!!!!!!!!!  They should provide you with more self-confidence than all the designer outfits money can buy.  The radiance coming from your eyes and face should not be from Max Factor or Mary Kay!  The beauty of your lips should not be because of the new lipstick – it should be from the brilliant smile and encouraging words spoken.  YOUR BEAUTY and DESIREABILITY should be coming from CHRIST revealed through your life not from a purchase made at a store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Psalm 132:9       “Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.”

A woman of honour is a woman who is beautiful!  She is attractive because of the ornament of her spirit.  She draws the eye of everyone around her.  People desire her company and her conversation.  She is a reflection of the Glory of God!

Finally, let us look at the second part of this verse. “and she shall rejoice in time to come.”  That looks so simple, doesn’t it.  So easy to understand and so encouraging.  I love it.  But wait, there’s more!

Laugh – Strong’s H7832 – sachaq

1) to laugh, play, mock

a) (Qal)

1) to laugh (usually in contempt or derision)

2) to sport, play

b) (Piel)

1) to make sport

2) to jest

3) to play (including instrumental music, singing, dancing)

c) (Hiphil) to laugh mockingly

As Haley would say – “Ta Da!!!!”  Okay, yes, I am rejoicing!!!  I am tickled!!! I am laughing!!   I showed this to Paul and he laughed with me.  Many years ago, when I was going through one of the most difficult times of my life – a time when everything that I believed in had been shaken to the core and I was almost out of hope – a precious sister in the Lord was visiting me.  She was kneeling in front of me on the floor as I was sobbing my eyes out.  Then she patted me on the knee and said, “Angie, a day will come when you are laughing and those who have hurt you will be in tears.  They will see the truth and you will rejoice with laughter!”  At that moment, I could not grasp that – I was hurting too much.  But I knew she had not spoken lightly because I knew that she had truly been seeking God on my behalf.  She was sharing with me what the Lord had spoken to her heart.  That day has come.

I have read this verse so many times over the years – so MANY times, but not until now have I looked up the translation for the word “rejoice” in this verse.  When I showed Paul the information he said, “she will have the last laugh”!  This woman, this virtuous woman, who has done all she can to walk uprightly before the Lord, was probably mocked and made fun of.  When others were following the world and enjoying their fun and excitement, she was hard at work caring for her family.  When they were going about their lives enjoying the fruits the world had to offer she was sewing, cooking, cleaning, serving.  When they were speaking against her, gossiping about her, ridiculing her, she was giving all she had to obey what the scriptures were telling her to do and “in time to come” she had the last laugh.

Now that may sound harsh.  It may sound spiteful – but consider this woman.  Picture her in your mind.  Is she the type of woman – when her neighbor has mocked her for years, talked behind her back, burned up the phone lines making calls to tell all about her, ignored her when she offered advice – now suddenly this neighbor has come to her for help.  Does this woman turn her away and laugh in her face?  Does she remind her of all the hurt she has caused and mock her pain?  No, I don’t think so.  She wraps her arms around her, comforts her, cries with her and she begins to listen and serve. She never says, “I told you so” or “you get what you deserve” – no, she listens and prays and hands her a cup of tea.  This woman is clothed in strength and honor and while she can rejoice she does not do so in another’s pain.  She rejoices in her Saviour and His Love for her and then she turns it around and shows love and forgiveness to those who have wronged her.

Sisters – this is the virtuous woman!

Psalm 132:9       “Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.”

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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11 Responses to "Proverbs 31:25"

  1. Regina says:

    AMEN..THANK YOU FOR THIS LESSON.IT REALLY DID ENCOURAGE ME TO KEEP PUSHING FORTH.BLESSING AND PEACE TO YOU DEAR ANGIE

  2. Virginia says:

    Amen. Thank you for this lesson. I really needed this to help me stay strong and not give in to temptation of saying “I told you so”. God Bless!

  3. Shellie says:

    I have no words for what is going through my mind and heart right now. Blessed be the name of the Lord!!! Thank you my dear friend!!!
    Love you!

  4. Lisa says:

    Dear Angie, Wonderful study! I’m going to put this verse on my wall to remind me.

  5. Sarah says:

    Thank you! Wow. Thank you so much for this lesson. I am going to read it again and again.Amen!
    In His Light
    Sarah

  6. Christina says:

    I have always had a hard time staying strong. Thank you for the encouragement.

  7. amy says:

    I have wanted a study of these verses for soooo long and this is why. I love to know more of what God wants from me. Thank you so much for this. It has really touched my heart tonight!

  8. Cath says:

    That was simply fabulous!!!
    Hugs to you,
    Cath

  9. Le-Teisha says:

    Wonderful study. It was a confirmation as to what has been on my heart. Thank you for this wonderful study

  10. Denise says:

    Here is yet another gem of wisdom hidden within the “pages” of this website. As so many others when they first begin to dress “modestly”, I was questioned as to why I was now dressing different. I always try to stress that our standards are not set by modern fashions…….we set our standards to the Bible, and even then we (I) fall so very short of the mark. Sister Angie, thank you once again for your wonderful insight!!

    Denise

  11. Dodi Griffin says:

    Miss Angie, this is my most favorite verse, and I also struggle with wanting to understand what I could change to be more pleasing to God as a woman and as Derricks wife. I was raised Pentecostal, so I do know some on the more modest ways, but we are like you and discouraged in the worldy ways of the churches now. And the getting your messages off the internet instead of from God. We are struggling with no church, and Derrick has no way to go to church, he leaves to go on the road on Sunday mornings, and I have started working on Sundays because I do not want to go anymore to the church we were going to. I know God and have been needing to hit my knees more and I want to thank you for writing this, it made me realize I needed to get back to seeking what God wants for us. We so need a CD ministry for men like my husband, who misses out on the word of God. Keep us in your prayers, and you are always in ours.
    Dodi

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