Monday, September 1, 2014

Proverbs 31:10-31 Study (Part 7)

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.
Proverbs 31:16
  • "She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard." NRSV
  • "She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard." NIV
  • "She considereth a field and buyeth it; with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard." KJV
  • "She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard." NLT
  • "She looks over a field and buys it, the, with money put aside, plants a garden." MSG
This verse is all about good business practice. It also proves that business is not just for men.
A noble women is fully capable to make major purchases for her family. She's active is the working economy of her home and doesn't get mad because she has so little money; she knows how to work with what she has.

Matthew 6:24
  • "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hat the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." NIV
Before a virtuous women buys something she,
  • Considers
  • Inspects 
  • Looks over
She's making sure it's right for her family-she's not buying on impulse because it's on sale, or worse because she can just put it on her card.

Proverbs 14:2
  • "He who is impulsive exalts folly." NIV
Exalts folly? 
Exalts means to hold in high regard or to praise.
Folly means lack of good-sense, foolishness, stupidity, and irresponsibility. 
So basically, he who is impulsive is held in high regard for stupidity (and when we say impulsive, we're not talking about and impulsive picnic, we're talking impulsive buy of a new couch.)

We need to save for things we need and want.
  • "....with money put aside..."MSG
To quickly we turn to credit cards or loans. Sure, saving takes longer but remember the bible warns about debt.

Proverbs 22:7
  • "The rich rules over the poor and the borrower is slave of the lender." NIV
If it came to it, are you ready to become someones slave to repay them for the item you just had to have?
We shouldn't be squandering our money, everything we do should be to better our households, leading our families to prosperity.
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