body, mind, or spirit].
She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.
She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pureand fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed clothsof the temple were made].
Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].
Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!
She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness[giving counsel and instruction].
She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent,and self-pity) she will not eat.
Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],
any daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.
Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a womanwho reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]!
We see that a wife is supportive of her husband, his confidant, he trusts her. She workshard to provide a good home for her family. Whether she works outside the home or not, her first priority is to see to the welfare of her family. The money she earns is for the improvement of thehome. She reflects well on her husband. They are co-laborers in maintaining the prosperity of thefamily.As a wife of a husband I love and adore…and I have learned to differ to him when wedisagree, but I always give him my opinion. I will admit that this was not always so. In our younger years, when we disagreed I would dig my heals in. I am ashamed to say acted like a twoyear old. If I did not get my way I would pout, cry, whatever…sometimes he would give inothers he would not. There were times when I felt much abused. The truth was I was spoiled! AsI got older and learned my place in the family…the place God put me; I finally relaxed andrealized I did not always know “the better way” just a different way. I realized that my husbandloves me and wants what makes me happy. When it does not matter one way or the other to him,we do it my way. When he has a definite idea, he listens but if he thinks his way is better, we doit his way. This works for us. Sometimes things do not work out, but we have learned not to say,“I told you so” well, mostly! More importantly, my husband will answer to God for the decisionsmade for our family. If he does things my way and it goes wrong…he has to answer for it. If hedoes things his way and they go wrong…he has to answer for it. Either way, the husband isresponsible before God. Personally, I want God to look favorably on my husband and thedecisions he makes so it is important to let him make the final decision. That is not to say I amoff the hook. I believe God will make me answer for my actions…whether I supported thedecision or threw a fit.