I have written a modern-day translation of the Proverbs 31 woman. What makes a woman special is her relationship with the Lord. It matters not if the Proverbs 31 woman is a wife or a single mom, a godly woman serves her family because she serves God first. Her strength from God lies in the devotion to her family. She is the epitome of virtue as grace is her foundation and her strength.
It is hard to find the perfect wife
She is worth far more TV, sports or an I-pad.
A husband depends on his wife.
With her by his side, he will never be poor.
She cares for her him all her life.
She never causes him pain and heartache.
Her duties are both inside and outside the home,
She is a wife, mother, and business woman.
She shops for the best bargains even outside her neighborhood,
She delights in saving money for her family.
She wakes up early in the morning,
She makes breakfast for her family and takes care of the pets.
She is sensible with her money, and contributes financially, if needed.
She invests in her family’s future spiritually.
She works very hard to be an example of godliness.
She is strong in character and able to do all that is required of her.
She is industrious, finishing what she starts ensuring
That all the needs of her household are taken care of.
She is kind and giving to those less fortunate than herself,
She reaches out to help those in need.
The seasons may change, but she does not
She always provides for the physical needs of her family.
Her inner strength from God brings her respect,
She trusts in God for her future.
Her words are filled with insight,
Her compassion moves others in kindness.
Her home is where her heart is,
She dutifully cares for it.
Her children voice their appreciation,
Her husband praises her, saying
“There are many good women,
But there is none like you.”
Beauty can fool the eyes,
But a woman who respects the Lord is to be praised.
Her beauty comes from her relationship with God,
The world will see God’s work of grace in her, and she will be honored.
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Wonderful modern interpretation, Darrell. Thanks!
Thank you Sue – Blessings Darrell
Thanks Tashie – I appreciate you stopping by. Blessings Darrell
Wonderful translation…all the best to you this new year!
Thanks Greg – May God’s grace surround your ministry this year – 🙂 Blessings Darrell
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Powerful and encouraging!!
I need to print out and hang on the wall 🙂
Thank you, much appreciated – Blessings Darrell
what a great idea! well done – and I was so happy that you added the business woman part – I think that gets missed by many who use this verse to describe a Godly woman.
And real quick like – was wondering how you translated
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.
Not to knit pick = because you did such a great translation, but it seems like those two verses are missed. At least to me -;)
22b: this verse with the linen (or silk?) and “purple” – which was not cheap – seem to hint at quality and excellence – not necessarily materialism in how she dresses, but care- because we do live in a social world and well, then it ties into the next verse, about her husband – and the way she carries herself makes her husband “look good” (23 a,b) and his respect in town is enhanced from the prudent and diligent lifestyle she lives out – and I think that is special because in marriage we represent each other and I think this is a great example of how couples can have individual tasks – that still anchor from a unified oneness – and then their individual stuff has a way of leaking into the community and enriching one’s reputation – which then adds more for the glory of God as the couple represents the Lord….
oh and one more tidbit (and sorry, hope this is okay to say) but using the word “perfect” for virtuous missed something…. I am not sure what word I would have used instead, but virtuous suggests more of a moral – upright and wholesome thing –
Virtuous suggests a lady with their “right” priorities down – which to me is living with integrity and just doing what is right – living by virtues….
but the word “perfect” means flawless and without error – and well, nobody ever can live up to that – not even the Proverbs 31 woman could be that. In fact, I bet she and her hubby had to merge and learn the growing lessons that most couples enjoy – because neither one is ever perfect and it is “hard to find the perfect wife” because that does not exist…
Because even after a couple smooths out any beginning stuff – well human mistakes will be always be made and here’s the thing – that is where the virtuous part comes in so critically – – because when you are virtuous – it is a safety net and it involves wholesome living, which has many fruits – including some peace of mind payoffs – for everyone – but especially to the hubby! And so this kind of woman – who is not perfect – but who can be trusted – well a virtuous lady truly is better than gems, rubies and jewels (or bette than stocks, beach houses, and private jets) because the husband’s heart can rest when his wife is doing what she does – because of the morals she aims to operate with.
well thanks for letting me share that – and again, what a cool idea…. very nice. 🙂
In vs 22,23 I simply omitted them as I decided to paraphrase the chapter. If I were writing for publication I would have broken every verse down but for my humble blog I decided to post as I did 🙂 That being said, your insight completes what I missed as you are right on target with your comments. I appreciate you helping me with my omissions. I know you are not nit picking and I would never take offense but greatly appreciate your insight and writing. I knew if I left those two out someone would notice 🙂 I am always glad to see you here and am honored that you took the time to share here as you do on a wide array of subjects at http://priorhouse.wordpress.com/. Blessings to you in Christ Yvette – Darrell
Thanks for taking the time to reply and comment – 🙂 and hope you have a great weekend Mister Creswell!!
Beautiful i love it, it really inspire me.
Thank you Noma – Blessings Darrell
Beautiful…I needed the reminder. Thanks for the thoughtfulness behind this 🙂
Thank you JC for taking the time to share.:) I will follow your journey with you at http://thesound33.wordpress.com/. Blessings Darrell
Thank you Darrell.
This weekend I was pondering on the ‘Proverbs 31’ woman and how she worked diligently with her hands, thinking about how that applied to me today. So when your post was shared by someone else, I smiled.
You have brought her to 2014 🙂
I love God because He even answers the questions in my thoughts 😉
God is great indeed \o/ 🙂
Wonderful Darrell, a single woman with 3 beautiful children I have no husband but will take it as if The Lord Himself were saying this to me for his love is just overwhelming and in His good heart and sweet ways this is just what He would say I know. As a matter of fact He is WISDOM ❤
I will share with a couple of virtuous women that i know of 😉
Thank you, Have a blessed 2014, Susy
Thank you so much Susy – I appreciate you taking the time to share – Blessings Darrell
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You have brought the definition to being a christian woman into our practical everyday lives. I like how you wrote with great care given to each verse (even those not included). You have brightened the hearts of women with this great “Modern Interpretation” of Proverbs 31. Bless you, Darrell. Happy New Year! ~Zoey
Thank you Zoey – That makes me smile 🙂 – Blessings Darrell
A Spirit inspired piece of writing 🙂 Hopefully there will be more translations coming … !
Thank you Stephen – Much appreciate. I am glad you stopped by and shared. Blessings Darrell
LOVE IT! 🙂
Your Grace . . . ❤
You are my Proverbs 31 woman Grace 🙂 Love you D
Thank you this was great! I didn’t find it laking at all, but timely and wel lthought out!
Thank you Cheryl. I appreciate it. I enjoyed your blog at http://dailyprayerblog.wordpress.com/. Thanks for sharing Grace – In Christ, Darrell
Beautiful Darrell. Blessings to you and Gracie ❤
Thank you Belinda – many Blessings Darrell
This is very cool. I’m glad the Bible celebrates women because they should be celebrated. After all, the Lord loves & celebrates the woman in His life–the church. Blessings 🙂
Women are the joy of my life, I am thankful for my daughter, wife, grandchildren and mother. The Lord has been good to me. Blessings in Christ, Darrell
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This blog is so inspirational an refreshing!
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MY WIFE IS A PROVERBS 31 WIFE….THE BEST SHE CAN BE!
Hi Darrel…. I love the picture you used for your interpretation of Proverbs 31. I want to use it on a label for some Mother’s Day gifts for the women in my church. Is this ok and if so do u have a higher resolution version of the picture please?
Hi Darrel.. This is spot on. I am doing my thesis on women being the “ezer kenegdo” which is so much more than just a helper to the man and would like to ask your permission to use this poem in my thesis.
Very nice! A blessing to read 👍👍🙏