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Proverbs 31:28

Proverbs 31:28

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed;  her husband also, and he praiseth her.” I think that I can safely assert here that this scripture is the goal of pretty much every woman I have ever talked to about being a Godly woman.  Wouldn’t we all love to have our children bless us and our husband praise us?!!!  I know I want that – but more than just wanting that I want to deserve it.  … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:27

Proverbs 31:27

  “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” As I began to study and pray over this verse of scripture, the Lord revealed to me that this is not just a simple scripture about being lazy.  This is a very serious scripture and indeed a warning to the women of the home.  Let us pray for the revelation of the Lord as we study His Word so that … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:26

Proverbs 31:26

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Openeth - Strong’s H6605 – pathach 1) to open a) (Qal) to open b) (Niphal) to be opened, be let loose, be thrown open c) (Piel) 1) to free 2) to loosen 3) to open, open oneself d) (Hithpael) to loose oneself 2) to carve, engrave a) (Piel) to engrave b) (Pual) to be engraved She openeth – hmmmmm, look at “b” – be let loose, be thrown open.  Now that paints are fairly … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:25

Proverbs 31:25

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” **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 … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:24

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 … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:23

Proverbs 31:23

“Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.”                 The word Husband is translated from Hebrew as: Strong’s H1167 – ba`al 1) owner, husband, lord a) owner b) a husband c) citizens, inhabitants d) rulers, lords e) (noun of relationship used to characterise – ie, master of dreams) f) lord (used of foreign gods) I prayed about whether or not to focus on this word in this verse and felt the Lord urging me to do so. This may … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:22

Proverbs 31:22

Coverings of She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Now we get to a very interesting verse in our Virtuous Woman bible study.  This is one that has caused much discussion for women who feel called to the plain community  – plain meaning unadorned – as well as women who feel that they need to be dressed to the hilt as a daughter of the King!  Why would this woman be considered … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:21

Proverbs 31:21

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.”   As I sit to begin this study, our night time temp has dropped to 39 degrees and my feet are freezing!!!  I have on my slippers but they are still cold.   So as I read this verse I couldn’t help but think about the thick wool socks that I have in my knitting basket still to … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31: 20

Proverbs 31: 20

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”                                                                                        The steps in my process for studying scripture are fairly simple.  I begin with the most … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:19

Proverbs 31:19

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. Well, I thought I would just sort of breeze through this particular verse because it seemed very cut and dried and with a few exceptions, myself being one, not many ladies spin fiber anymore.  There is a growing interest in spinning due to increase interest in knitting and crochet and that of course brings the demand for more interesting yarns.  But the vast … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:18

Proverbs 31:18

 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.   Perceiveth – Strong’s H2938 1) to taste, perceive, eat I found it very interesting that the word “perceiveth” in this scripture is actually the word “taste” or “eat”.  In fact, this word is used 11 times in the scriptures and 10 of those times it is translated as taste.  In Psalms 34:8 we also see this word but it is translated “taste” – “O … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:17

Proverbs 31:17

  “She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.”   Proverbs 31:17 As I begin the examination of this verse of our study I immediately thought I had the concept already.  She, “the virtuous woman” is strong!  Yes!  But as I begin to examine the words and meditate on the verse, I realize there is so much more to this than we realize.  This one scripture could wipe me out as a candidate for virtuous.   I … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:16

Proverbs 31:16

  “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. After a huge delay in our study, let’s get back to work!  Not many women in my neck of the woods are in the market for a vineyard.  A garden spot, yes, a vineyard, no.  This verse I believe is one of confusion for many women – especially those who have determined to be keepers at home.  But hopefully … Read entire article »

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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 … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:13

Proverbs 31:13

  13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands”  After quite a hiatus, I am finally able to get the next section of our Proverbs study online.  Let us begin with verse 13.  I believe that this verse is a real sticking point with many women in our modern society.  Just recently I have read some very scathing comments against people who are seeking to live a simpler lifestyle by farming, gardening, keeping livestock, … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:12

“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”  What a glorious thing for a man to be able to say of his wife, “She has done me only good her entire life!”  I think any wife would be overwhelmed with the joy of that statement.  Let’s look at this a little more closely.  Good – we all think we know what the word good means. The Hebrew word for “good” is towb. Strong’s H2896 – towb ??? 1) good, pleasant, agreeable a) pleasant, agreeable (to the senses) b) pleasant (to the higher nature) c) good, excellent (of its kind) d) good, rich, valuable in estimation e) good, appropriate, becoming f) better (comparative) g) glad, happy, prosperous (of man’s sensuous nature) h) good understanding (of man’s intellectual nature) i) good, kind, benign j) good, right (ethical)   2) a good … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:11

Verse11 “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” We begin our study of this verse with definitions as usual.  The Hebrew word for “heart” is: Strong’s H3820 – leb ?? 1) inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding a) inner part, midst 1) midst (of things) 2) heart (of man) 3) soul, heart (of man) 4) mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory 5) inclination, resolution, determination (of will) 6) conscience 7) heart (of moral character) 8) as seat of appetites 9) as seat of emotions and passions 10) as seat of courage As I read over these terms in the definition I was amazed – look in particular at 8, 9 and 10.  Incredible! – the seats of “appetites”, “emotions and passions” and finally the “seat of courage”.  I think the rest of the terms … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31:10

VERSE 10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”   I think we all have a picture in our minds of what “virtuous” means, but I wanted to examine what the definition was.  Do we picture Mother Teresa or the VirginMary?  You know – like a slight glow surrounding with a halo on top and a chorus of angels providing the background music.  Perhaps we see the image of June Cleaver – perfectly pressed and not a hair out of place, steaming hot platter of fried chicken in her hands which of course are covered with matching pot holders that haven’t got a stain on them, and lest we forget the sweetly embroidered cotton check apron that is tied in a perfectly symmetrical bow around her very … Read entire article »

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Proverbs 31 Virtuous Woman Bible Study

 Praise the Lord!  I am so glad you have found our Proverbs 31 Bible Study.  It is a blessing to know that so many sisters desire to seek the Word of God to discover what the Lord wants from His daughters.  May He pour out His spirit on us as we go through this study and may His blessing be upon each and everyone that ventures with us on this journey. http://shepherdshillhomestead.com/category/plain-lifestyle/bible-study/proverbs-31/   Lesson: a proverbs 31 lady Study: What a blessing that many are striving to lead Godly simple lives. Even at 55 and no children,living at home but offen fill my days with the Grand youngens. Stepping out in small ways will be a blessing in the long run, My first garden in the morning I refresh is my plot in the … Read entire article »

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What is a Virtuous Woman?

Most of us who were brought up in church – any type ofChristian church – have heard of if not read Proverbs 31 and the description of a virtuous woman.  Many of us women have studied it to some degree.  Who wouldn’t want to be considered virtuous by our husband, family and the rest of our acquaintances? Right?!  Not too long ago I was in a bible study and we were discussing who this woman was and what her relevance was to the New Testament church.  Was this picture, this description, a valid one for wives in the New Testament era of the Body ofChrist?  Was this woman’s attributes in agreement with what the Lord inspired the authors to write about in Titus 2, Ephesians 5, 1 Corinthians 14 . … Read entire article »

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