Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Proverbs 31:10-31 Study (Part 9)

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 31:18
  • "She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night." NRSV
  • "She see that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night." NIV
  • "She perceiveth that her merchandise is good, her candle goeth not out by night." KJV
  • "She makes sure her dealings are profitable, her lamp burns late into the night." NLT
  • "She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day." MSG
 I believe that this verse is about being a good manager of time and money
  • "She senses the worth of her work..." MSG
It's about attitude, if your attitude stinks, then so will all your dealings. She knows that what she does is important.
  • "She makes sure her dealings are profitable..."NLT
She's not living beyond her means; she's making sure what she puts in, she gets back. She's staying within her budget. 
Staying out of debt is hard in our society, especially when you often need a loan to by a house. Just remember, there's a different between going into debt to buy a much need mini-van and going into debt to buy a Ferrari.  
I think "her lamp burns into the night" is a dangerous translation. It's not about constantly working, I think "is in no hurry to call it quits," is a much safer translation. 
She doesn't rush through her job (or waste time), no, she manages her time and does her best to get the job done. Working yourself to the bone is not helpful and is definitely not what God wants.
A virtuous wife stays positive, stays out of debt and is a good manager of her time and money. We are called to be hard worker, enduring the hard times all the while praising God.
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