DEEP MATTERS OF THE HEART: The Wife of Noble Character.

A wife of noble character, who can find?
She is far more precious than rubies.
Her husband has full trust in her, and lacks nothing.
She brings him good, not harm all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax, and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She gets up early while it is still night; she provides food for her family,
and portions for her maid servants.
She carefully considers a field and buys it; out of her very earnings she plants a vineyard.
Vigorously, she sets about her work; her arms strong for the tasks at hand.
She sees to it that her trading is profitable, and her lamp never goes out at night.
In her hand, she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her hands to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fears for her household;
For all of them are dressed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
She is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instructions is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also praises her.
Her says: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honour her for all her hands have done, and let her works bring praise at the city gate.

(Adopted from Proverbs 31:10-31)

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