Saturday, September 23, 2006


erbs 31:10-31
A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The
heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks
wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of
the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is
still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her
servant-girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her
hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes
her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her
lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and
her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches
out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it
snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself
coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known
in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. She
makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with
sashes. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the
time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of
kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call
her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: "Many women have done
excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty
is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her a
share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the
city gates. (Proverbs 31:10-31, NRSV).
Whenever Ir ead this passage I think what fools there are that think a woman in scripture just sits and home and tends to the house. This woman conducts a workshop and business affairs. She's involved in the community. Sounds like a feminist to me.

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