Proverbs

She Considers a Field - Day 15

My wife has always been fond of Proverbs 31:10-31. She reads it regularly, has most of it memorized, and really tries to apply the precepts of this example of an “ideal wife” in her own life. There have been many times where she has dwelt on a particular portion of this passage.

Lately she has been considering verse 16, and she wanted to get my opinion on how best to apply it in her life. I told her that I would study the passage and pass along what insights I am able, and I decided to share my thoughts here as well.

Proverbs 31
Lets look at the context of this verse, before we consider the meaning and application of a specific portion of it.

Proverbs 31, as we see in verse 31 was written by King Lemuel. Some attribute only the first 9 verses to King Lemuel, and say that 11-31 were written by Solomon, or Lemuel’s mother, or some unknown writer. Now this is the only reference we have to King Lemuel, and we are not exactly sure who he was, although some seem certain that he was a king of the North Arabian nation of Massa. Jewish legend even likes to identify Lemuel as Solomon, and thus his mother as Bathsheba.

Regardless of the true identity of the author of Proverbs 31:11-31 we can rest assured that this passage is important, true, inspired, and worthy of being included in the Bible...
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