Today I want to look at Proverbs 31:10. How does that scripture apply to us as 21st century women and wives?
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. – Proverbs 31:10 (NIV)
Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. – Proverbs 31:10 (NKJ)
The word virtuous khah’•yil (chayil) means the following in Hebrew: Strength, power, might, to show oneself strong, to display valour, efficiency, wealth, force, army. A virtue is a trait or quality deemed to be morally excellent and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. It derives from the root word chuwl, which means to turn to be turned around/ twisted and to dance, writhe, fear, tremble, travail, be in anguish, to wait longingly.
I don’t know about you but when I first looked at the meaning of its root word I was pretty much puzzled. Let’s start at the beginning and picture what I believe happened.
As the husband went out to war and the woman stayed at home looking after the things in the village and her own household there must have been a lot of fear and uncertainty about the future. I’m sure husbands were thinking of their families hoping they were safe and had enough food and water to survive, as they themselves were fighting for their own life in the battle field. Likewise the woman stayed at home, raising the children, making sure they have food, clothes and basic needs to live while thinking of her husband in battle. The wife was waiting longingly, trembling and as time went on writhing but always praying and believing by faith that victory is at hand which that faith overcame all fear and made her dance. At the end when the husband came home, the children alive and well, and the battle was won by faith, the whole family, city, and kingdom was strong, powerful and wealthy.
It reminds me of the hall of fame: ”And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again.” – Hebrews 11:32 – 35a
So what does that mean for us as women of the 21st century you might think? I believe a virtuous woman is a lady that knows who she is in Christ. She knows that if God is for her, no one can be against her, that He that raised Christ from the dead also lives in her mortal body and that greater is He that is in her than He that is in the world. The virtuous 21st century woman knows that she is the daughter of the king and that it is of her advantage to be in a relationship with her Father and obey him. Through which she can scale walls, replace fear with faith, forgive those who gossip about her, choose the right path and follow peace even though everyone else around her wants her to follow the stupid things of the world. She finds pleasure in the things of God while studying the His Word.
Therefore to me a virtuous woman compared to a woman without virtue is this: the virtuous woman lives by faith and doesn’t let obstacles, problems, and circumstances hinder her but by faith holds on to the hand of God believing that victory is ahead, no matter how impossible everything might look at the time.
Now let’s look at the word ruby pä•nēn'(paniyn) which comes from an unused root meaning to turn or corner. The ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Its name comes from ruber, Latin for red. The ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the emerald, and the diamond. Prices of rubies are primarily determined by color. The brightest and most valuable “red” called pigeon blood-red, commands a huge premium over other rubies of similar quality. After color follows clarity: similar to diamonds, a clear stone will command a premium.
Looking at a virtuous woman and seeing her being compared to a ruby leads me to one conclusion at this moment. The more we work on becoming virtuous and growing in that trait the brighter red and valuable for God’s kingdom we become.
So ladies let’s step it up and become the red rubies, cutting edge, God has called us to be and He will use us to change the world. Not necessarily by talk but by example!
Please don’t hesitate to comment on this blog, I’d love to hear what you think.