10/30/2010

Womanly Excellence (Prov. 31:30)

Chart of the Book of Proverbs.

Godly kingliness (Prov. 31:1-9) should be characterized by:
  1. holiness (Prov. 31:3)

  2. sobriety (Prov. 31:4-7)

  3. compassion (Prov. 31:8,9)
Wifely excellence (Prov. 31:10-31). This woman is lavished and heaped upon with superlatives such as excellence, nobility, worthiness, etc. Why? It is not primarily because of her practical wisdom and skills and talents and etiquette and social graces. Rather, it is because she fears the Lord. Prov. 31:29,30 say, "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." The book of Proverbs begins and ends with the theme: "The fear of the Lord" (Prov. 1:7). The fear of the Lord is foundational to the wise and right use of all her activities and skills. A godly woman may well have outward charm and beauty, but these are of secondary importance to her godliness.

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