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- Category: Questions about Christian Life
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 11:39
Perhaps this question implies that the "virtuous woman" of Proverbs 31 is an impossible dream, but the question is thought-provoking.
Ruth had a reputation as a "virtuous woman" (Ruth 3:11), the only woman so designated. The word means strength, efficiency, and, in this case, moral wealth primarily. Proverbs 31 is King Lemuel's mother's teaching (verse 1). Some suggest Lemuel, meaning "for God," is another name for Solomon. Did she use this name to impress on Solomon that her highest ambition was that he would be "for God"? How instructive for mothers today! Could it be then that his mother told him to find a wife like his great-great-grandmother, Ruth? How sad he didn't take his mother's advice!
We may not have enough information to induct some Bible women into this "Hall of Virtue," but some of the many worthy candidates are Mary (the Lord's mother), both Mary and Martha of Bethany, Hannah, Abigail, Jehoshabeath, Puah and Shiphrah, and Lydia. Two additional candidates both failed in some features in this description, but recovered and are worthy candidates: Sarah and Bathsheba. This is of particular interest if Bathsheba is the source of these words. God is a God of recovery.