A Virtuous Woman

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.

Peter – Revealing Our Stewardship of Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Apostle Peter, who had walked on water with his Lord and Savior, wrote I and II Peter. Peter was a great man of God, contrary to what some believe and write about. It is true that he emphatically denied that he knew who Jesus was (without being in Peter’s shoes ourselves and facing what he had to face, it would be impossible to imply that anyone could have done any better).

It is true that he continually made mistakes. Peter rebuked Jesus once (at least Peter was man enough to speak his mind), and another time he swore that he would stand with Jesus no matter what the situation or consequence, and then he told Jesus that he was quitting the ministry and going back to his fishing profession.  Peter was an eyewitness of the actual sufferings of Jesus Christ. As we know from the Gospels and the Book of Acts, Peter continued getting back up, leaving us today with his example of a steward of the grace of God.

Peter was one of the greatest believers in the first century. The Word of God is so wonderful to show us the heart and life of Peter who typifies what could be any believer today who continues endeavoring to walk with God. Because we are not perfect, thankfully God only asks us to try and walk in His love, while His grace and love covers for our mistakes.

We will all blow it from time to time, but knowing that we have God’s divine grace in our lives, we may continue rising above those circumstances that caused us to screw up in the first place.

The Epistles of Peter express many wonderful truths; one that we will highlight today is our stewardship of grace given to each believer with the love of God, so that we may continue to rise up and walk with God while helping others along our way.

Peter experienced the grace of God upon his life, and so it is fitting that Peter wrote about God’s grace and our stewardship that came with Jesus Christ because Peter thoroughly understood and was thankful for the grace he enjoyed.

I Peter 4:8-10:
-8: And above all things have fervent charity {intensely given love} among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
-9: Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
-10: As every man {every believer} hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

One of the wonderful things that set the Christian apart is having spiritual love which God has given to us. Spiritual love covers when we sin, for our shortcomings, and when we are weak in our believing, and these combined are the multitude of sins that God’s love covers.

No one is perfect, yet God’s love is; thus the Word of God encourages us to extend love with spiritual intensity to each other, and as Jesus taught, this love proves first to ourselves that we are his disciples, then shows others that we are his disciples (John 13:34-35).

This is why Peter stated “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned {without discrimination} love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (I Peter 1:22). Love not only covers a multitude of sins, but also purifies the soul of the lover, causing him to be pure before his Maker!

We have received the gift of God’s love, which was manifested in the life of Christ, and has been given to us in and by grace. God’s love encourages us to minister the same love to each other. This is our stewardship of grace.

“Manifold” means that the grace of God is multifaceted, like the life of Jesus himself, or like the morning sky changing into hundreds of pastel colors ever so slightly with every moment and with every blink of our eyes. God’s divine grace is always forgiving, and is always given to us with love, and this we can minister one to another, proving God’s grace and love to be genuinely true and gentle as God continues holding us in His loving arms.

I Peter 4:11 – If any man speak {about the manifold grace of God}, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth {we can speak authoritatively because God has given to us His grace}: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion {strength} for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ is who made grace available, “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Jesus, being the true subject of Scripture, continues revealing to us how to enjoy and walk within our divine gift from the Father.

When we speak the “oracles of God” i.e., the declaration of God’s grace, then we reciprocate back to our God – glory, and we discover the praise and strength of him who brought to us God’s grace – Jesus Christ.

God has given every believer a great ministry, Our Stewardship of Grace to enjoy and share with one another. What a marvelous standing we have in God’s family, and with him who gave his all for us, Christ the Lord.