Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 19, 2016

“House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 19:1-14.

“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And he who hurries his footsteps errs.
3 The foolishness of man ruins his way,
And his heart rages against the Lord.
4 Wealth adds many friends,
But a poor man is separated from his friend.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who tells lies will not escape.
6 Many will seek the favor of a generous man,
And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
How much more do his friends abandon him!
He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who tells lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool;
Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11 A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,
And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is destruction to his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
14 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.”  Proverbs 19:1-14.

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“House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.”  Verse 14.

“House and wealth” are also blessings from the LORD, but a prudent wife is such a greater blessing that it deserves such contrast as a special category of blessing.

“An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.”  Proverbs 31:10.

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the Lord.”  Proverbs 18:22.

From the beginning, it was this way:

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone;  I will make him a helper suitable for him.”  Genesis 2:18.

In Proverbs chapter 31, there is a section giving a detailed description of the excellent wife, I will quote only the first few verses.

“10 An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.”  Proverbs 31:10-12.

In conclusion, our “helper” and “excellent wife” comes from the LORD but she also points us back to the LORD Who is our ultimate “Helper” and our excellent Husband and our Head of the church.   

“Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.”  Psalm 54:4.

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”  John 14:16-17.

“For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the Lord of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth.”  Isaiah 54:5.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.”  Ephesians 5:23.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;  but that she would be holy and blameless.”  Ephesians 5:25-27.

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