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Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 31

Proverbs_31

Proverbs 31

Amplified Bible (AMP)

31 The words of Lemuel king of Massa, which his mother taught him:

What, my [a]son? What, son of my womb? What [shall I advise you], son of my vows and dedication to God?

Give not your strength to [loose] women, nor your ways to those who and that which ruin and destroy kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink,

Lest they drink and forget the law and what it decrees, and pervert the justice due any of the afflicted.

Give strong drink [as medicine] to him who is ready to pass away, and wine to him in bitter distress of heart.

Let him drink and forget his poverty and [seriously] remember his want and misery no more.

Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless;

Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy.

10 A capable, intelligent, and [b]virtuous woman—who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.

11 The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil.

12 She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her.

13 She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it].

14 She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household’s food from a far [country].

15 She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.

16 She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.

18 She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust].

19 She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit].

21 She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made].

23 Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!

26 She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].

27 She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],

29 [c]Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.

30 Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]!

14 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 31”

  1. I appreciate your faithfulness in completing this Proverbs devotion time. Also, the comments show that there was much benefit gotten through this series of posting. Thanks Zoey for your faithfulness and allowing the Lord to lead you in this series. Very well done!

    1. Rob:
      I will pass your comment to the team! Jenni Sahagun has Co-lead this study on our blog. It is such a blessing to have each of the ladies contributing their insights and knowledge! God is faithful to interweave those into our path, like yourself-to lend a fresh perspective to His purpose in our ministry. Blessings!~Zoey

  2. Proverbs 31

    I have mixed feelings about this. In a day when it is not cool to be a stay at home mom. Or to pride yourself in being your husbands wife. I often get bugged by friends saying she is the proverbs 31 wife. My grandmother was a homemaker and my Mother was a feminist. I have worked outside the home . I have brought home the bacon and cooked it too. I now after spending time in the message version today love this verse. Those who know me know that I am raising up Jesus following and people loving people.We speak up for those who can’t. We love without limits when its not cool. I lead by example to my 3 girls and bring a tenderness to my son that I hope he cherishes when he marries. I think this woman is a picture of beauty. This is what young women should be looking at as a role model instead of the pages of Cosmo. This women has a sense of self, a calmness, level headed, she does not need praise of people for her good deeds because she fears and loves the Lord with all her heart. Beauty does fade but the Jesus light that shines through you will last forever.

    John 13:34 New Living Translation
    So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
    ************************************
    Speak Out for Justice

    31 The words of King Lemuel,
    the strong advice his mother gave him:
    2-3
    “Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of!
    Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God!
    Don’t dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women,
    promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders.
    4-7
    “Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves,
    gulping wine and swilling beer,
    Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong,
    and the people who depend on them are hurt.
    Use wine and beer only as sedatives,
    to kill the pain and dull the ache
    Of the terminally ill,
    for whom life is a living death.
    8-9
    “Speak up for the people who have no voice,
    for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
    Speak out for justice!
    Stand up for the poor and destitute!”

    Hymn to a Good Wife

    10-31
    A good woman is hard to find,
    and worth far more than diamonds.
    Her husband trusts her without reserve,
    and never has reason to regret it.
    Never spiteful, she treats him generously
    all her life long.
    She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
    and enjoys knitting and sewing.
    She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
    and brings back exotic surprises.
    She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
    for her family and organizing her day.
    She looks over a field and buys it,
    then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
    First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
    She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
    She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
    diligent in homemaking.
    She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
    reaches out to help the poor.
    She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
    their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
    She makes her own clothing,
    and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
    Her husband is greatly respected
    when he deliberates with the city fathers.
    She designs gowns and sells them,
    brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
    Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
    and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
    When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.
    She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
    and keeps them all busy and productive.
    Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:
    “Many women have done wonderful things,
    but you’ve outclassed them all!”
    Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
    The woman to be admired and praised
    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
    Give her everything she deserves!
    Festoon her life with praises
    ****************************************************************

    1. Tammy:
      You are a wonderful example of living life with Christ as the Center…to the fullest!! Your independence allows your children to see what a confident, intelligent and fun-loving christian character looks like in the everyday world we live in. Blessings~Zoey

  3. Day 31: Proverbs 31

    2 What, my [a]son? What, son of my womb? What [shall I advise you], son of my vows and dedication to God?

    I am so struck with how this mother thought of her son. She thought so highly of him that she took the time to write to him. King Lemmuel must of been a very special man. For his mother to take the time to write to him, and for him and for him to listen.

    I love how she started her note….MY SON. I can just hear the love in those words. “You, son of my heart, joy of my life.” Then she states it again…..SON OF MY WOMB. In this I hear, “Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone.” Then lastly she states..SON OF MY VOWS AND DEDICATION TO GOD. King Lemmuel came from a vow that this woman made. I can imagine his momma saying something like this, “I have dedicated my life to God, you are part of my vows to serve him. In being your mother, I honor God. In loving you and raising you, I am fulfilling the purpose and call of God in my life.”

    I like it too, that she stopped to ask “What shall I advise you?” I see this pause as seeking the Lord for His wisdom. This woman worshiped God by being a godly mother and wife. I know this because of what she would go on to write this Proverbs for her son.

    The whole of this Proverbs is lovely and a great picture of what a Godly woman looks like. As I read it, it brings hope to my soul because I know God is my help! I especially want to love my children enough to do as this woman did, stop to seek the Lord about what to advise my children. Also like this woman, I want to have raised children that listen and learn. That requires I be a woman who listens and learns.

    *****Thank you, Lord that you give me a heart that listens and learns. A heart that honors you. That I would also honor my children so that they would honor me. That my children would always feel the depth of regard I have for them. As you teach me in the way I should I go, I will teach my children. So we all will be taught of the Lord.

    1. Jenni:
      Your dedication shines through your family and to those who work with you! Because your heart seeks out the truth, first, for what is truly important-even in the smallest of matters. You value and develop the spiritual gifts in your children and bring knowledge forward so it is more natural for your family to walk in the steps of the Lord. Your love for the word of God is clearly evident in every aspect of your life, Jenni.
      Blessings~Zoey

  4. Chapter 31

    When I think of this Chapter, it is very overwhelming. Although beautiful and so lovingly written it places a standard for ALL women. I think I have read this hundreds of times, literally (I’m old as dirt). Each study I have listened to, read (and re-read) lends something new to the depth of wisdom shared to being a woman. Also, it has affected me on different levels throughout childhood to adulthood. The scriptures have application to our daily routines. Those women who work in the home raising children and managing the everyday tasks, can find a reprieve in the verse: 17 as it say…”She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” I was not blessed with having children of my own. Although, I am an Auntie, Great-Auntie and Great-Great Auntie! I tell people I have done everything but give actual birth, but my heart loves them just as strong because of the maternal instinct God has naturally placed in our hearts, as women. In the same regard, my place is a supportive role to their parents. For those who have had difficult circumstance, where it changed the roles of parenting in their families, the verse: 8-9 might bring understanding on how to rise above the situation…”Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute, Speak up and judge fairly; defend the right of the poor and needy.” I think it a contributing factor to the essence of a women’s service in ministry.

    Can we walk in our lives with the same confidence, with the same grace, with the same LOVE as the wife of noble character spoken of in the word? The answer is a resounding YES. Because the key is found in the verse: 30…”Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” We understand that charm, beauty and all other attributes are subject to the natural changes that happen over time but the one constant in our life is the Lord. Women have an innate instinct, a special intuition- as I have explained in our Battlefield of the Mind study by Joyce Myers (Chpt. 10). It is this intuition of the Holy Spirit connecting us to the reverence of our Lord. It truly is a natural and unconditional instinct that speaks to the heart of a woman, a presence in knowing that our God is looking after the “weaker vessel”, the fear of the Lord is ministering to the heart of a woman. It is not easy at times but it does help when someone comes up alongside (like Elizabeth to Mary-Lk 1:39-45) and lends their heart to yours. The language of women can be found in their heart. It is emotional because they feel the hurts, the joy, the laughter, the pain, the grief, the hope; the human condition through the eyes of the Holy Spirit that speaks through that special connection – intuition.

    *Men are to be given the heart of a woman to cherish and love the same as Christ Jesus loves the “Bride” (Church) and gave His life on the cross for us. [Eph. 22:25] He promises to cleans us with His word and sanctify [set apart] so that we can walk everyday in His love. *(marriage covenant/vow)

    Could today be a day that our Lord touch’s the depths of your heart to a clearer understanding of what being a woman in today’s world means? Read His words again and again…you will find the answer and you will know instinctively that you belong to God. He loves you and you are cherished in His eyes!

    Sing O’ daughters of the Living God!~Zoey

    1. Proverbs 31

      As I was finishing this chapter, I happened to glance down and read the “footnote” at the bottom of the page, (The Everyday Life Bible, Containing the Amplified Old Testament and the Amplified New Testament, Notes and Commentary By Joyce Meyers) and I saw something which I feel sums up this chapter quite well! (Divided into two (2) paragraphs by me)

      “Many daughters have done…nobly and well..but you exceed them all.” What a glowing description here recorded of this woman in private life, this “capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman” of Proverbs. 31! It means she had done more than Miriam, the one who lead a nation’s women in praise of God (Exod. 15:20,21); Deborah, the patriotic military advisor (Judg. 4:4-10); Ruth, the woman of constancy (Ruth 1:16); Hannah, the ideal mother (1 Sam. 1:20, 2:19); the Shunammite, the hospitable woman (ll Kings 4:8-10); Huldah, the woman who revealed God’s secret message to national leaders (ll Kings 22:14); and even more than Queen Ester, the woman who risked sacrificing her life for her people (Esth. 4:16).

      In what way did she “excel them all”? In her spiritual and practical devotion to God, which permeated every area and relationship of her life. All seven of the Christian virtues (ll Peter 1:5) are there, like colored threads in a tapestry. Her secret, which is open to everyone, is the Holy Spirit’s climax to the story, and to this book. In Prov. 31:30, it becomes clear that the “reverent and worshipful fear of the LORD,” which is “the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom (Prov. 9:10), is put forth as the true foundation for a life which is valued by God and her husband as “far above rubies or pearls” (Prov. 31:10).”

      For His Glory,
      Nicolette

      1. What came into my spirit after reading proverb 31 is close to my heart. I dedicated my life to the Lord and sometimes we go astray when dealing with the world and we need redirection to get back on course. I will drink from the well of the living God. This well will never run dry. Those who trust in God will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and will be judge righteously. Those who chooses to intake of the world will fall to destruction. Judge me oh Lord as a virtuous woman. Charm and grace are deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praise.

      2. Gwen: How wonderful that you brought to mind the bottomless well of living water. I agree that we all go astray, and am so thankful of the mercy of our Lord. One thing your comment brought to my mind was that we all have to be constantly vigilant while searching our minds and hearts for idols/gods we might worship in addition to Christ.It is easy to get caught up in life and begin to value worldly items, traditions and values, and unconsciously place them above God. We do have a jealous God. He IS to be feared.
        Thank you, my dedicated sister in Christ for reminding me to search my heart right now, lest I have forgotten the most basic and important thing: “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” ~Deut 6 v 4-5 NIV. If we are practicing this-really focusing on the Lord our God, there will be no place in our lives for worldly idols or gods.

      3. Gwen:
        You have brought a word to this study that I pray all who read will see and hear the voice of the Lord. We are just humans, we make mistakes and as women of faith, our hearts are tender to the correction of the Holy Spirit within us. Our character does not rely solely on beauty, charm and those things that fade quickly in time but our character derives from the gift of the Holy Spirit as God’s righteousness as WOMEN of God’s Virtues. You have reached out to the children in your community with the selfless love of a mother and touched so many lives with His Love…truly showing…God Has No Limits! Bless you~Zoey

      4. Nicolette:
        As we shared this study, one aspect that the Spirit brought to mind is the women of the bible and how God used them to bring his will to pass. I prayed for time to do this, to no avail….and then when I read your reply, well I quite honestly teared up. How wonderfully the Holy Spirit works…it never ceases to amaze! Thank you for following the prompting of the Spirit and sharing what you read! It was your thread to weave.

        A mother’s love is constant and if she walks with the power of the Holy Spirit…she is will not be denied! For God took care of the mothers of the bible because it is through these vessels (linage of Mary/Joseph) from which God would bring forth the King of Kings…Jesus. He is still taking care of mothers, aunts, sisters…His daughters because we are bring forth the believers for His kingdom…for the King of King…Jesus!
        Bless you~Zoey

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