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.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
EQUALLY YOKED: The city gate symbolizes the intersection of commerce and power. The virtuous wife has an equally virtuous husband. Because of their joint integrity and industry, he is qualified to serve his community.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
ENTREPRENEURIAL: Again, the virtuous wife is an industrious and respected businessperson. She is the equal of any man; and few people of either gender are her rival in any sphere of life.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
CONFIDENT: Her inner integrity and confidence make her far more beautiful than jewels or fine clothes. Her hard work and sacrifice guard the future health and welfare of her family.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
WISE: The stated goal of the Book of Proverbs is to convey knowledge, understanding, and wisdom through instruction and correction. The virtuous wife is God’s conduit of these treasures to her family and community.
Prayer: Father from whom every family on heaven and earth derives its name,
I pray that you would continue to raise up godly women and virtuous wives to help your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Bless them, fill them, and guide them.
Raise up virtuous men to love and cherish them well.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.