Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 23, 2017

“But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 31:10-31.

“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.
13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
14 She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 “Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.”  Proverbs 31:10-31.

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“… But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”  Verse 30.

We notice things in common between the woman who fears the LORD and the man who fears the LORD in the following Scripture.

“Praise the Lord!
How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who greatly delights in His commandments.
2 His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright;
He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
He will maintain his cause in judgment.
6 For he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.

7 He will not fear evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is upheld, he will not fear,
Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.
9 He has given freely to the poor,
His righteousness endures forever;
His horn will be exalted in honor.”  Psalm 112:1-9.

First, both the woman who fears the LORD and the man who fears the LORD have enough wealth for their household and also have extra to give freely to the poor.  Psalm 112:3,5,&9 and verses 14-16, 20-22, and 24.

Second, both have light that arises in darkness for them.  Psalm 112:4 and verse 18.

Third, both are gracious and compassionate.  Psalm 112:4 and verse 20.

Fourth, both do not fear evil tidings.  Psalm 112:7-8 and verse 21 and 25.

Fifth, both are honored.  Psalm 112:9 and verse 28-31.

Sixth, in summary, both are blessed by the LORD.

“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.”  Verses 10-12.

“House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.”  Proverbs 19:14.

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