Chapter 31. The Book of Proverbs concludes with another "inspired utterance" Divine Words. We end the book the way we start: "Listen, my son..."
Chapter 31 includes an epilogue: "The Wife of Noble Character." When I read these lines, I issued an utterance of a different kind... "Son of a Biscuit."
Paraphrased, extrapolated, and truncated, I submit my interpretation of this Epilogue:
- The Wife of Noble Character is the greatest asset to the life of a man.
- When a husband is full of confidence in his spouse he will lack nothing.
- The wife of noble character will never bring harm to the family.
- She contributes to the family whenever necessary or possible.
- She provides and cares for the needs of the family.
- She contributes her efforts and wealth to the family legacy.
- She works hard.
- She makes fair and profitable deals.
- She knows the tools and techniques to manage the home.
- She is generous.
- She makes her family warm and comfortable.
- Her husband is respected and encourages to lead others.
- She plans for the future.
- She exhibits wisdom and faithfulness.
- She keeps her family focused and disciplined.
- Her children learn from her Nobility.
- She has charm and beauty. But her behavior is beyond reproach.
- The Wise man will seek for and subsequently honor a Wife of Noble Character.
King Solomon, the Richest Man to Ever Live. King Solomon lived the majority of his life following the principles we have discussed in these past articles. He did not, however, finish well. At the end of his life he abandoned God, dismissed many of the principles of Wisdom. He pursued base and wicked pleasures, abandoned discipline, and acted Foolishly. A year after his death, the kingdom of Israel was divided and fell.
The Proverbs Project
For the next 30 days, I intend to read and reflect on one chapter in the book of Proverbs.