Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:2 ESV
Hands down, Proverbs 31:10-31 has to be one of the most classic passages of scripture in the Old Testament. In 22 succinct, yet powerful verses, we find the depiction of a woman famously known as “the Virtuous Woman.” This woman is worthy of emulation by all women, regardless of their ethnicity, culture or creed.
Solomon is attributed as the author of Proverbs, yet in the 31st chapter of Proverbs he records the words of King Lemuel, a biblical character who remains largely unknown. This King is relatively obscure, yet thankfully, the Holy Spirit impresses upon Solomon to record Lemuel’s important words of description and instruction.
The first nine verses provide interesting insight concerning the origination of the words King Lemuel utters: they are described as “an inspired utterance his mother taught him” (Proverbs 31:1 NIV). Did you get that? The words in Proverbs 31 are described as something his mother taught him! Think about it: who knows and recognizes a good woman better than another good woman? In case you’re wondering why I believe King Lemuel’s mother was a good woman, the fact that the Lord deemed her words worthy to be recorded in scripture – and subsequently used as a model for women everywhere – causes me to deem Mother Lemuel a good woman.
I won’t go word by word through all the verses, because many of us have heard them over and over again down through the years. (And if the passage is new to you; that’s wonderful! Please go and read them – you’ll be inspired by the portrait of a woman who exemplifies the epitome of a godly wife and mother).
Lemuel takes pains to describe a woman who is noble in character. This woman is doing a good job raising her children, and she knows how to manage her household. She is talented and industrious – she was an entrepreneur long before it became popular! Her husband has the utmost confidence in her; she makes him proud and the other men in the city recognize her worth and value. Even her children acknowledge God’s hand upon her and call her blessed, and her husband showers her with praise.
Now, if this woman sounds a bit intimidating, and causes you to shake your head and say, “I’ll never measure up to all that,” don’t worry! The beautiful thing about womanhood and motherhood is that God made each and every one of us His daughters unique and special, with our own distinct qualities. We’re so unique, no one else has our fingerprints, and He knows each of us by name. We are His children, bought with a price; the precious blood of the Lamb. We don’t compete with the Virtuous Woman; no, we stand with her as the daughters of the Most High. When you see a woman of God, appreciate her – and just call her blessed! Be Blessed.