I’ve been reading. (Can be a dangerous thing.) And I’m starting to chuckle inside at the very thought that Bathsheba may be the woman referred to in Proverbs 31.
Why the chuckle?
Because it reaffirms my belief that God should have told Moses, “I am Satire.” JUST KIDDING! (And I’ve already shared this joke with my Father & He’s cool with me sharing it with you!) It’s just – isn’t that SO like God? For me – just thinking that Bathsheba could be the Proverbs 31 woman … well it’s like peeling back another layer of God’s character and discovering a gift that HE has been holding onto until the perfect moment. It’s hard to explain I guess.
Others online have done the historical research that could justify and prove, as much as anyone could prove or disprove, who the Prov. 31 woman was, exactly. Of course, really, if God wanted us to simply know her name, He would have told us. I think He wants us to know so much more about her than just her name…
He’s so funny like that – and so profound at the same time. The great thing about God is that I don’t have to figure out everything about God RIGHT NOW. I have an eternity to do that! The point really is – what I walk away from thinking is – am I continually asking Him about Himself? Do I stay curious about His character? Am I ready, willing and able to receive what He might have to tell me about who He is and what He wants from me/for me?
I can’t wait to find out if Bathsheba was The Woman who was far above rubies, full of virtue, industry and femininity all in one, who was rare and hard to find, who excelled above all women of her time. I can’t wait. Just to think – all that time I spent aspiring to be a Proverbs 31 Godly Woman and the whole time I was actually trying to model my life after Bathsheba! Can you imagine telling your daughters you want them to grow up like Bathsheba? I mean – it really could be anyone – but the thought is just sort of funny.
Oh. And this is not an admonition to go bathing in the nude by moonlight on your rooftop and run off with the neighbor. Please don’t get confused with the point of this posting. 🙂
The Words of King Lemuel’s Mother
1 The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:
2 What, my son?
And what, son of my womb?
And what, son of my vows?
3 Do not give your strength to women,
Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
5 Lest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to those who are bitter of heart.
7 Let him drink and forget his poverty,
And remember his misery no more.
8 Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.[a]
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
The Virtuous Wife
10 Who[b] can find a virtuous[c] wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “ Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.