Hope Wissel

Are YOU a Proverbs 31 Woman

I love sharing that Thirty One is based on Proverbs 31, where we CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD hardworking women who take care of everyone and seldom have time for themselves.  I came across an interesting blog that talked about 3 little know tidbits about Proverbs 31.  Thank you Rachel for sharing this…

Probably the most quoted portion of Proverbs 31 is:  “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”  That’s because, too often, we focus on the Proverbs 31 Woman’s roles as a way of reducing womanhood to marriage, motherhood, and domesticity, when really, this passage is about character that transcends both gender and circumstance.

So did you know….

1. Proverbs 31 is a poem.  The subject of a twenty-two-line poem found in the last chapter of the book of Proverbs, the “woman of noble character” is meant to be a tangible expression of the book’s celebrated virtue of wisdom. The author is essentially showing us what wisdom looks like in action.  As a poem, Proverbs 31 should not be interpreted prescriptively as a job description for all women. Its purpose is to celebrate wisdom-in-action, not to instruct women everywhere to get married, have children, and take up the loom.

Good News: You don’t have to know how this works to be a Proverbs 31 Woman.

2. The “Target Audience” of Proverbs 31 is Men.  This is something that I DIDN’T know… Jewish men memorize this to sing it as a song of praise to the women in their lives—their wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, and friends. WOW!  And yet many Christians interpret this passage prescriptively, as a command to women rather than an ode to women, with the home-based endeavors of the Proverbs 31 woman cast as the ideal lifestyle for all women of faith.

This was a NEW way for me to look at this wonderful poem and it definitely changed my way of thinking. I have to admit, I thought I needed to do ALL of those things in order to be a Proverbs woman.

3. Proverbs 31 Celebrates Valor.  Did you know that the first line of the Proverbs 31 poem—“a virtuous woman who can find?”—is best translated, “a woman of valor who can find?”  Valor isn’t about what you do, but how you do it. If you are a stay-at-home mom, be a stay-at-home mom of valor. If you are a nurse, be a nurse of valor. If you are a CEO, a pastor, or a barista at Starbucks, if you are rich or poor, single or married—do it all with valor. That’s what makes you a Proverbs 31 Woman.

I am a Proverbs 31 woman – I care for my hubby and my family, my home (with the exception of a few dust bunnies), I have my own business and I work part-time.  I do all of it to the best of my ability – NOT perfect but with pride.  WOW!  Another AHA moment for me!

So, are you a Proverbs 31 woman?  Has your thinking changed any? Share your thoughts with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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