|A wife of noble character who can find? |
She is worth far more than rubies.
|Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.|
|An excellent wife, who can find? |
For her worth is far above jewels.
|Proverbs 31:10 |
This poem (Proverbs 31:10-31) is part of the instruction that King Lemuel's mother gave to teach her son about wisdom (31:1). In describing the "virtuous wife," Lemuel's mother was showing what wisdom looks like when it is lived out in everyday life.
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Pr 31:10). : Thomas Nelson.
While the scene here (Proverbs 31:10-31) is of a wealthy home and the customs of the ancient Near East, the principles apply to every family. They are set forth as the prayer of every mother for the future wife of her son, and literarily arranged with each of the 22 verses beginning with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet in consecutive order.
Who can find? She does exist, but is very hard to find.