The Ideal Woman

Quick Quiz

Bible answers are taken from Proverbs 31.

How do you measure the worth of a woman?

The Bible measures her as worth more than
1. much fine gold
2. rubies
3. a house ful of slaves.

What would you expect the hands of a good woman to work?

The Bible describes the ideal woman as using her hands to work
1. wool and flax
2. the soil
3. with babies.

What would say your good woman is like?

The Bible says she is like
1. a cool breeze on a hot day
2. a many feathered bed
3. a merchant ship.

You can find the answers to this short quiz in the verses below from Proverbs 31.

The Bible Image

As you consider the difference in your pictuure of the ideal woman as compared with the ideal woman in Proverbs 31, you need to keep in mind three things.

First, our culture, our way of life is so different from Bible customs that there are bound to be differences,

For example, women typically did not work outside the home in Bible days. Since Rosie the Riveter in World War II freed women from imprisonment in the home, most couples expect the woman to work outside the home--at least initially.

Second, in Bible days women generally were thought of, and treated like, property. She was owned by her father until she was married. Then she became the property of her husband. Try treating a modern woman like property!

Third, Biblical writers used a great deal of concrete imagery. Modern writers tend to adhere to realism in their writing--even when dealing with fiction.

The Woman in Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31:10-31
"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides click here to read the rest of this text--and to visit a remarkably unique site.

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