Today, I am going to start a study based on Elizabeth George's book, "Beautiful in God's Eyes".
The first chapter is on the Character of a Virtuous Woman.
"Who can find a virtuous woman?" Proverbs 31:10
In Mrs. George's Book, she goes into a little background on the writing of this chapter. In Proverbs 31:1, it says "The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him." In verses 1-9, she is teaching him about leadership. But when it comes to verse 10, she wants to get across to him the importance of finding a good, wife. One that would be a great treasure to him. In the Hebrew writings, these qualities are written according to their alphabet. EG (Elizabeth George) surmises, it is because the boy is young, and it would be easier for her some to remember these qualities if she put them to their alphabet.
These words (verse's 10-31) aren't the words of a man, they are written by King Lemuel, but they are the words given to him by his mother. So, it is encouraging to know that these aren't some unattainable standard set by a man. They are attainable!!!
The virtuous woman seems an impossible ideal. But she isn't impossible... God shows us in the Bible some other places where there are virtuous women. One being in Ruth 3:11 " And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do to you all that you ask. For all the city of my people knows that you are a woman of virtue. "
The next time, we will explore what virtuous means! I want to keep these studies short so we all have time for it!!! Thanks for joining me!