Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
A virtuous woman enjoys believing trust in God which is the crowning complement of all her virtues; her “price is far above rubies!”
Her virtues are a crown recognized by her God, her Savior, and a joyous example to all the children of God!
Her virtues are not innate, they are learned, worked for, and practiced, and are the result of her labor of love for her God and the household of faith!
The Bible tells us how wonderful a virtuous woman really is; her witness is the true story of her gentle, Christ-like lifestyle as she lives His-story!
In Proverbs 31:10–31 we read the qualities of a virtuous woman!
50 qualities of her virtues are as follows:
She is 1- strong, 2- invaluable (verse 10); 3- trustworthy, 4- sufficient in all things (verse 11); 5- pure character, 6- a blessing to her husband, 7- accommodating (verse 12); 8- ingenious, 9- industrious (verse 13); 10- proficient, 11- displays genuine compassion (verse 14); 12- well-behaved, 13- obliging, 14- considerate to her family/household members (verse 15); 15- versatile, 16- beneficial (verse 16); 17- robust in mind and body (verse 17); 18- knows her worth, 19- efficient, 20- watchful, (verse 18); 21- thrifty/frugal, 22- skillful (verse 19); 23- charitable, 24- merciful (verse 20); 25- fearless/courageous, 26- believes for family abundance (verse 21); 27- a well-organized housekeeper, 28- dresses tasteful, 29- (verse 22); 30- an honor to her husband, 31- courteously popular, (verse 23); 32- dependable/industrious, 33- proficient, (verse 24); 34- respectful, 35- optimistic, 36- hopeful, (verse 25); 37- wise, 38- discreet, 39- kindhearted (verse 26); 40- practical, 41- energetic, 42- earnest stewardship of family resources (verse 27); 43- deserving of receiving respect from her children, 44- deserving of receiving awed respect from her husband, (verse 28); 45- has mastered godly virtues, 46- an honorable example to other women of God, (verse 29); 47- God fearing/respecting, 48- praiseworthy lifestyle (verse 30); 49- her kindness is returned and rewarded back to her, 50- she is praised for her pure, virtuous actions (verse 31).
A virtuous woman radiates the qualities of Christ within, who is “the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (I Peter 3:4). “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband” (Proverbs 12:4).
These qualities are worthy of the price that is far above rubies! (See our study, titled: Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer.)
Below is an Extended, Alternation Structure1; compare corresponding Roman letters A. with a., on down to E. with e.
Proverbs 31:10-31, Title: The Model Women.
A.| verses 10–12, Her Husband.
- B.| verses 13-19, Her occupation.
- C.| verse 20, Her character. Bounty.
- D.| verse 21, Her household.
- E.| verse 22, Herself. Without.
a.| verse 23, Her Husband.
- b.| verses 24–25, Her occupation.
- c.| verse 26, Her character. Wisdom.
- d.| verses 27–28, Her household.
- e.| verses 29–31, Herself. Within.
1 (Structures are found from Genesis 1:1 and all that way through the Bible to Revelation 22:21.For more on Structures, search keyword Structure on this website.)
Proverbs 31:10–31 (King James Version):
10: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11: The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12: She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13: She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14: She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15: She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16: She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17: She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18: She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19: She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth 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 maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23: Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24: She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25: Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26: She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27: She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28: Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29: Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth 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.
Proverbs 31:10–31 (The Amplified Bible*):
10: A capable, intelligent, and 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: 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]!
*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.