Greetings to everyone who’s eyes have found this post. Hope you all are healthy and safe. Today, I finally will be continuing the study on Proverbs 31, were we left off on verse 10. We will be looking at verses 11-14 today.
Verses 11 states “her husband has full trust in her and lacks nothing of value”. So, what does that mean? The word for “to trust” is “batach” This Hebrew word suggest that her husband respects her and needs her advice. Plainly, he trust that she knows what she is talking about. He knows she has his best interest at heart. She is the full package, providing him with all his needs. In Hebraic culture, the wife is looked at as the “glue” of the family that holds them together. For example, in my household, if I never cooked vegetables, then no one would eat vegetables. I have to make sure everyone eats a balanced diet. My husband would tell you he eats healthy because of my influence. Otherwise, he wouldn’t care about what he eats. She is good with money, which I will discuss in future lessons. She makes sure the house is provided for, such as toilet paper in the bathroom, etc. The Next verse states “she brings good, not harm”. The Hebrew word for “good” is “towb/tov” which means beneficial. The wife is a benefit to the husband, and not a burden. The Hebrew word for “harm/evil” is “Ra“, which means “adversity” or “dysfunction”. For example, divorced couples claim they loved each other at one time, but once they divorced, they are at odds about things they once shared willingly. The proverbs woman does not act as his enemy, and she does not act outside of her function. What I mean is that in relationships, most of the time, we look at the next person faults instead of examining ourselves. (Proverbs 19:14) The virtuous woman treats her husband as her ally and as the same flesh. ( I hope that made sense)She is not quarrelsome or spiteful. The next verse states ” she selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” What is significant about these two fabrics. Why are they mentioned? Because they are the best! Wool is great for winter and flax(linen) is good for summer. That tells us that she seeks the best material to make clothes for her family. The Hebrew word for “eagerly” is “chepets“, which means delight. So she is happy to work with her hands and make the best clothes for her family. This is not limited to just clothes, but food preparation, cleanliness, etc. Sorry this post took so long for any of you that look forward to them, but I do not want to post anything without diligent study. I hope I brought some clarity. Shalom!
Suggested readings: Proverbs 31, Proverbs 19: 13-14, Proverbs 12:4, Deuteronomy 22:5.