The book of Proverbs ends with possibly its most famous chapter: Chapter 31. The last half of this chapter is an ode, which has been called “A Ode to a Capable Wife” or “An Ode to a Virtuous Woman.” The words have been transferred to cards and mailed to special people on special days, and referenced at many funerals. They can be used to help us praise some of the women who have touched our lives, and as a challenge for us to acquire some of the qualities we may want to display as we live our days.
A capable wife who can find?
she is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
This ode begins by describing what a good wife means to a husband. She is far more previous than jewels. (To call one’s spouse “precious”, and mean it, is a wonderful tribute.) This proverb goes on to mention that such a relationship touches the heart and brings goodness for the days ahead.
Here, this proverb could probably play both ways in a marital relationship. A precious relationship that touches the heart leads to some good things ahead.
Wonderful God, help me to take my relationships to heart, and to live and love so that life truly is good for me and those around me. Amen.