Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies (Prov. 31:10) .
Who is the
virtuous woman of Proverbs 31:10? A number of indications suggest that the author has more in mind than a godly woman or the ideal wife. Following the lead of many passages of the book (Prov. 1:20–33, Prov. 3:13–20, Prov. 4:5–9, Proverbs 8), we have good reason to think that
woman represents wisdom. This personification of wisdom as a woman is justified not only because the Hebrew word for
wisdom, chokmah, is a feminine noun, but because it also allows the Hebrew writer to draw all kinds of concrete lessons for our daily life. Wisdom is not pictured as some lofty and unreachable ideal, but as a very practical and approachable woman who could become our life companion.
This last teaching about wisdom is given through a beautiful acrostic poem: each verse begins with a Hebrew letter following the alphabetic order, as in the book of Lamentations and in many psalms.
Compare the text on wisdom in Proverbs 8 with our text on the
virtuous woman. What features of the
virtuous woman remind us of wisdom in the book of Proverbs?
Though we live in the so-called information age, and though we have acquired so much more knowledge than had previous generations, there’s little to indicate that our generation is any wiser than previous generations. Indeed, as Martin Luther King Jr. said,
We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Read 1 Corinthians 1:21. What does it say to you, and how can this idea help you live by faith?