Any woman reading Proverbs may be tempted to conclude that its authors tended to blame women for weaknesses actually rooted in the male psyche, especially when it comes to sexual sin.But to balance things out there are also some odious descriptions of men, including scoundrels, villains, chattering fools, and sluggards.
She looked at a field, considered its merits, and purchased it.
She wove cloth and made linen garments, which she then sold.
"Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ' Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all' " (verses 28-29).
Written as an acrostic, each line begins with a Hebrew letter in alphabetical sequence, making it easy to memorize.
The poem describes a wealthy, aristocratic woman with a large household to direct.
She was hardworking, enterprising, capable, strong, wise, skilled, generous, thoughtful of others, dignified, God-fearing, serene—a tremendous credit to her husband.
She arose while it was still dark to feed her family.
Her character: She represents the fulfillment of a life lived in wisdom.
Her joy: To be praised by her husband and children as a woman who surpasses all others.