Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bible Study Week 6: She Does Him Good

Up until now, we have looked at how valuable the virtuous woman is and how her husband trusts her. Today, and over this week, we will consider one of the reasons for that trust.




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As we begin, let us all pray that God will work in our hearts and open us up to what he would have us learn. Then, as you read Proverbs 31:10-31, think about how the husband is being blessed by each of his wife's activities. How does he benefit from her efforts?

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Take notes on your insights during your reading. Then let us take a deeper look at verse 12. 

We are going to be looking at Strong's number for "him good"  but rather than looking at the many ways this Hebrew word has been used, we will first look at the root word. This will give us the essential meaning of the word. 

Take a moment to the definitions of this root word in a left hand column in your notebook. Next we will look at Strong's "and not evil". Write the definitions in the right hand column across from your first. Prayerfully read back through these and while doing so consider: Which most often characterizes how you relate to your husband--good or evil? This is hard for any of us to admit and can feel painful, but remember, if you are feeling this way, God is working in your heart.

The Devil Tempting a Young Woman
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The Proverbs 31 does her husband good all the days of her life--today, tomorrow, and into the far future (perhaps even after her husband's death should he die before she does). 

Take some time to pray. How can you do your husband good today? God has given us many roles in our husband's lives. In what ways can we be pleasant and joyful? How can we act rightly in his life? If you need some help coming up with ideas, take a look at these definitions of good

Remember, every husband (and wife) is different. What works in my home may not in yours. How can you do your husband good? What will he value and appreciate? When otherwise at a loss, pray for him, this will always do him good.

Even for husbands who may not seem to value what we do, we can still pray for them. We can still do them good. We can still make their lives more pleasant and raise their children for the glory of God. We can do this with God's strength, as we fear him and not man. We can be women of valor, claiming victory in Christ, and boldly going forward in the mission assigned to us by God.

Jessie Wilcox Smith


With Our Children

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 

Read Proverbs 31:12 and share with them what you have learned during your study. 

Discuss with your daughters what they can be doing now to be doing their future husbands good (if they are lead by God to marry). Think beyond domestic skills. Consider behaiviors, attitudes, reading God's word, use of time, creating a hope chest, how they treat others, etc. Your sons may wish to take part in this conversation to share ideas. Discuss with your boys what your daughters came up with and what your sons should be looking for in a wife if they are lead to marry.


Blessings sweet ladies,

Audrey

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