Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Proverbs 31:10-31 Study (Part 4)

Ah, Proverbs 31. 
 
One of the most quoted verses among Christian women (well, at least on Pinterest and on blogs).
 
But what does it mean to be a Proverbs 31 women?
 
Join me as I study each verse to discover what it means, and what it takes to become a Proverbs 31 woman.
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 Proverbs 31:13
  • "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." NRSV
  • "She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands." NIV
  • "She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands." KJV
  • "She finds wool and flax and busily spins it." NLT
  • She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing." MSG
Obviously, 'now a days' we don't have to make our own clothing, but don't just toss this verse to the side thinking it doesn't apply.
Oh, no; this verse is about idleness. 
 
A Proverbs 31 women is eager to be a hard worker and avoid idleness. Her main goal is to bring happiness and comfort to her house.
 
Proverbs 19:15 
  • "Lazy people sleep soundly but idleness leaves them hungry." NLT
  • "Laziness leads to a sagging roof, idleness leads to a leaky house. " KJV
We should be willingly productive. It's when we sit idle that we get into trouble.

2 Thessalonians 3:11
  • "Yet we hear that some of your are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other peoples business." NLT
 Meddling in other peoples business only causes trouble. It's easy to fall into gossip, but we are called to be better than that.

1 Thessalonians 4:11
  • "Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before." NLT
We should lift others up. Focus on bettering the world around you. Help others and your family so you are not tempted by idle hands.
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