Proverbs 31: King James Bible
A Virtuous Woman – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verse 10
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Virtuous Woman
This road we’ve traveled through Proverbs has been a long one, and the end of the book is in sight from where we are in chapter 31. Through the chapters, we’ve come across several characters bearing traits that are either honorable or treacherous.
Scriptures of a virtuous woman consume the rest of this chapter. Though these verses speak of virtue toward a woman, many of the traits are commendable no matter who you are, male or female. We’ve seen the same ambidexterity with many of the verses that spoke about men, and can do the same here in a big picture kind of way.
But through these verses individually, we find things that are speciffically geared toward woman, rather than metaphorically or universal. We’ll talk about these as they unfold into the picture the Lord has painted for us.
Women of Proverbs
As we’ve searched through and studied the pages of Proverbs, we’ve come across several different women bearing a host of traits. Since some of these women we haven’t spoken about since 2016 (can you believe it’s been that long?) I thought it would be a good idea to review some of these others, to gain a better appreciation of a virtuous woman.
Women to Avoid
- Back in chapter 27, we talked about the effect a Contentious Woman has on her husband.
- Chapter 25 speaks of A Brawling Woman, and the trouble she tends to kick up.
- Then we learned of the effect a very angry woman has to those around her.
- Then there’s the Foolish Woman, always tempting others to do wrong.
- This list wouldn’t be complete without the seductions of the Strange Woman, reaching all the way back in Proverbs chapter 5.
If you’ve clicked through to check out some of those pages, you’ll notice a few things. First, these are all troublesome or sinful traits, and are generally people that we’d all be better of without.
Second, we see a trend of comparison between these women and the church. We see an outlook from the Lord himself, at how he views us when we decide to harbor these traits.
Representatives of the Devil
In some of these cases, these women represent team Satan. Whether it be in the form of spiritual wickedness in high places, or the will of Satan being carried out through men and women, some of these ladies are out to deceive and destroy.
The same could be said about purveying false doctrine. A couple of these represent that as well.
The Women and the Church
This shouldn’t be confused with his will for us, nor should it be evidence of one’s salvation through Christ. Even saved people can harbor sinful traits, or wind up trying to find a shortcut rather than walking the path the Lord has blazed for them.
These comparisons between the women and the church are for us to gain insight into the Lord’s heart. We so often think about the legalities of our relationship with the Lord, what about how he feels? How often do we consider his feelings?
Are you the type that would cause the Lord to sit up in the corner of a rooftop, rather than come, sit down, and eat with you? Only you know the truth, and can give an honest assessment of your relationship between you and he. Appearances don’t mean squat if the heart isn’t right.
Women to Honor
In Proverbs chapter 8, we’re given a look at the Holy Ghost. If we examine the actions of the women above, and compare them to the actions of the Holy Ghost, the results are the exact opposite.
Sure, there are some things that these sinful women do that might at first resemble the Holy Ghost, but the end is much different. These are the antithesis to the nature, ways, and intentions of the Spirit of the Lord.
Earlier chapters call the Holy Spirit “Wisdom,” and while doing so, consistently refers to the Spirit as “she” or “her.” When you read that, you get the sense that this is being used as a term of endearment, as one would use toward a car, motorcycle, or boat.
Being this late in the book of Proverbs, we can get a much broader understanding into why he did that. Personally, I see this as the bow that wraps this whole book together! Here’s why…
The ladies listed above resemble a bride that is quarrelsome, contentious, easily angered, foolish, adulterous, mischievous, rash, brawling, and wicked.
As aforementioned, all of these ladies bear traits the exact opposite of those found with “Wisdom,” or the Holy Spirit, but some of them come real close, disguising themselves as being the Spirit of the Lord or God sent.
I believe that the Lord led Solomon to describe his Spirit in this manner (using “she” and “her”), so that when we get to the end of Proverbs, laid out before us are four different entities, all of which are described as women, and all of which can be generalized into four categories.
Taking an overall view, we see four characters that are depicted in the scriptures to be women or in a feminine manner, leading us to correlate with women.
- The Holy Ghost
- Lucifer and his spiritual armies
- The Church in rough shape
- The Church as the Lord would will for it to be
In closing, this brings us to a virtuous woman. We’ll find in the next several devotionals, that the virtuous woman is the hope and the will of the Father for his Church. This is the “big picture” interpretation, and we’ll be talking about the “smaller picture,” or the up front interpretation with more personal meaning as well.
Related New Testament Scripture
Mark 3: King James Bible
4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. 5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
2 Peter 1: King James Bible
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Thank you for all that you’ve given, through your Word and all of your insights into locations where we can find treasure immeasurable. Help us to understand how you see things Lord, and also how you feel about things. May we always be mindful of your presence, and your love for us all, and how we your children have the capacity to grieve your heart and make you miserable. May out heart’s intent be pure, and pleasing to you Lord. If they aren’t already, cleanse us, heal us, remove all impurities of heart, and lead us into a place in our walk that would make you glad, and stretch a smile across your face. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Does the current state of the Church represent a virtuous woman?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 500 – Outstretched Hands
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 25 P. 390 – A Brawling Woman
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 506 – Acting Virtuous
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.129 – Rottenness to the Bones
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 5 P.43 – The Strange Woman