A good place to start the study of the Proverbs 31 woman is at the very beginning, from line 1 to 9. It was interesting for me to notice line 1 especially.
The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
So, I wanted to start here, because it could be too easy to dismiss the Proverbs 31 woman as some male fantasy ~ as something that King Lemuel wanted, like when someone makes a list of good qualities in a partner with the aim of hitting most items on the list, but not all.
That was certainly my first impression of the Proverbs 31 woman, before I understood just how perfect the Word of God is 😉
An inspired utterance his mother taught him.
A mother always wants what’s best for her child (with very few, sad exceptions). I can picture this woman, looking at Lemuel as her baby. Not as a king to be impressed by, but simply as her child.
I can picture the caring in her tone, and I wonder if she placed her hand gently on his cheek as she spoke. As we read on in the verse, the advice she gives her son is definitely sound ~ advice definitely meant for him to live a good life.
It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31: 4-9
Thus is the love of a mother. And because Proverbs 31 is in the Bible, it tells me that God is sharing with us a similar (yet infinitely more perfect!) love, a love that tells us I want the best for you. I want you to live happy and fruitful.
So as we explore Proverbs 31 further, remember that God didn’t put these verses in the Bible to throw a wrench in your life. He isn’t looking for a “gotcha!” moment where you will fail. God loves you and I, very much.
Proverbs 31 isn’t for women to read and then feel bad because we haven’t met all the parameters in each line, but rather for us to aim for a wonderful, fruitful life. It is a role model.
Proverbs 31 should inspire us, not frighten us.
I hope you will continue to explore these verses with me 🙂 Next time we’ll look into the first few lines of The Wife of Noble Character.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, especially if you disagree with any of my thoughts. Again, I’m not looking at Proverbs 31 in any sort of scholarly or professional way. I’m just a woman hungry for God’s Word and I’ve been a Christian for only about a year and three months 🙂 So this is all just exploring and sharing ❤️
I’ll see you next time and God bless!