22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
ROMANTIC: The virtuous wife makes their bed chamber a place of comfort and beauty. She understands that the private time that she and her husband share with each other is the heartbeat of their relationship. Continue reading “Episode 172: Celebrating the Wife of Noble Character”
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
SAVVY: The virtuous wife is thrifty but also willing to make shrewd investments. She reinvests her profits into long-term opportunities (like vineyards) that produce benefit year after year. Continue reading “Episode 171: Describing the Wife of Noble Character”
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
The book of Proverbs concludes with a description of the model wife. This is not to disparage those who are single by choice or circumstance, for certainly the Bible teaches there are circumstances where being unmarried is the better alternative. Orthodox Christians humbly assert that God ordained the lifelong covenant between a man and a woman Continue reading “Episode 170: Finding the Wife of Noble Character”
1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
Nothing is definitively known about King Lemuel, even though unproven legend suggests that Lemuel may have actually a pseudonym for King Solomon and that his mother was actually David’s wife, Bathsheba. In any case, the king’s mother solemnly warns her son about wasting his energy in the pursuit of ruinous women. Sound advice for any age. Continue reading “Episode 169: Sensuality, Drunkenness, and Advocacy”
29 “There are three things that are stately in their stride,
four that move with stately bearing:
30 a lion, mighty among beasts,
who retreats before nothing;
31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat,
and a king secure against revolt.
In the animal kingdom, one particular animal commands the awe and authority of the herd. Among men, a king emboldened and empowered by his army is just as stately and fearful as any lion. As such, Agur implies that we should take care before challenging the pride or power of the king. Continue reading “Episode 168: Challenging Authority and Playing the Fool”