An Excellent Wife – Proverbs 31:10-31


“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” (Proverbs 31:10 ESV)

“We now come to the principal part of the chapter. The wise mother of Lemuel had warned her royal son against the seduction of evil women, and its attendant temptations, and given him wholesome rules for government. She now sets before him the full-length portrait of a virtuous woman – that choicest gift, which is emphatically said to be “from the Lord.” (Proverbs 19:14)

“It is an elegant poem of twenty-two verses – like the hundred and nineteenth Psalm, artificially constructed – each verse beginning with one of the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It describes a wife, a mistress, and a mother. All mothers and mistresses should teach the female pupils under their care to read and learn it by heart. The more deeply it is studied – provided only it be practically studied – the more will its beauty be understood and felt. Genuine simple fact without colouring or pretensions commends the character to our warmest interest.

“So rare is this treasure that the challenge is given—‘Who can find a virtuous woman?’ (Compare with Proverbs 20:6) Abraham sent to a distant land for this inestimable blessing for his beloved son. (Gen. 24:3, 4.) Perhaps one reason of the rarity of the gift is, that it is so seldom sought. Too often is the search made for accomplishments, not for virtues; for external and adventitious recommendations, rather than for internal godly worth. The enquiry also implies the value of the gift when found. Even Adam’s portion in innocence was not complete, till his bountiful Father ‘made him a help-meet for him.’ Truly her price is above rubies. No treasure is comparable to her. It is not too much to say with the prince of heathen philosophy ‘If women be good, the half of the commonwealth may be happy where they are.’” ~ Charles Bridges, Proverbs


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