Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.129 – Rottenness to the Bones

Proverbs 12: King James Bible

Rottenness to the Bones – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verse 4

4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Rottenness to the Bones

Why would a virtuous woman be a crown to her husband? Well, let’s take a look at the definition of the word virtue, courtesy of Dictionary.com. By doing so, it’ll help us to understand why being un-virtuous would be as rottenness to his bones.


1. moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.
2. conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude.
3. chastity; virginity: to lose one’s virtue.
4. a particular moral excellence.
Compare cardinal virtues, natural virtue, theological virtue.
5. a good or admirable quality or property: the virtue of knowing one’s weaknesses.
6. effective force; power or potency: a charm with the virtue of removing warts.

Being moral, good, righteous, living by ethical principals, upright, faithful, seem to apply to the verse above. When you take a good look at the little list I just typed out, it appears that you can’t be one without the rest.

In other words, how can you be moral, yet unrighteous? Or how can you be righteous, if you don’t live by ethical principals? Also, how can you be good, without being upright? See what I mean?

Of course these qualities would be coveted as a crown to any good husband. Because this verse assumes that the husband is a good husband, we’ll just stick with that. One reason being, is because of the second half of the verse.

If the husband wasn’t a good husband, chances are, there wouldn’t be the effect of rottenness to the bones, should the wife be without virtue. He’d probably try to be just as (if not more so) un-virtuous till he’s justified himself in his own eyes. We all know how those kinds of things end.

With the assumption that the husband is a good character (by Biblical definition), it becomes more clear, as to why the rottenness in the bones occurs having a wife that (Biblically speaking), maketh ashamed. There is a verse in the New Testament that we can use, where Paul hints toward this a bit, when writing about being “unequally yoked.”

2 Corinthians 6: King James Bible

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

I’ll end with this…

Since we’re members of the Bride of Christ, would we have played our part to be as a crown upon his head, or would we be the ones, as rottenness to his bones? Something for us all to give some thought to.

Related New Testament Scripture

Philippians 4: King James Bible

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

2 Peter 1: King James Bible

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

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, and for all of your care. Thank you for your Word, and all of the treasures that you’ve placed inside it. Help us Lord, to be a pleasure to you, and not as rottenness to your bones. If we’ve grieved you in any way by anything that we’ve said or done, please forgive us, and show us where we’re found wanting. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



Can you relate in some way, as this piece of scripture describes, to rottenness to the bones?

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