AUTHOR: Elizabeth Avallone
I hope the title to this article grabbed you. Much to my delight I discovered that the word 'excellent' in Proverbs 31:10 is a clue to deeper meaning of this proverb. 'Excellent' is a masculine adjective. It means strength, efficiency, wealth, army. So I set out to find out why a masculine adjective is used to describe a wife and who this 'wife' really is.
10 “An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth (price) is far above jewels.”
A price was paid for you that was far above any costly jewel. 'Who can find' implies that this kind of wife is scarce, uncommon, rare. Perhaps this wife has entered through the 'narrow gate'.
11 “The heart (innermost being) of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.” 'Gain' means spoil, as in the spoils of war.
12 “She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
Who could her husband be and how does she bless him every day?
13 “She looks (darash- seek, inquire, require) for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight (willingly).”
Wool is worn outside the sanctuary, linen is worn inside. (Ez 44:17) Wool is found on sheep; linen is found on priests. “And the armies in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” ( Rev 19:14)
14 “She is like merchant ships; She brings her food (bread) from afar.”
15 “She rises (takes a stand) also while it is still night and gives food (prey) to her household and portions (or statutes) to her maidens.
Jesus said,“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” (Jn 9:4-5) Paul said, “for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;” (1 Thess 5:5) Yes, we are of the day but we take a stand for righteousness while it is yet night.
16 “She considers a field and buys (takes) it; From her earnings (lit. fruit of palm of hand) she plants a vineyard.”
Jesus said the field is the world (Mat 13:38) and God calls Israel his vineyard. (Is. 5)
17 “She girds herself (her loins) with strength and makes her arms strong. (another 'male' reference)
18 “She senses (tasted) that her gain (profit) is good; her (oil) lamp does not go out at night”. (the current age) Oil symbolizes Holy Spirit anointing.
19 “She stretches (sends out) out her hands to the distaff (or success), and her hands grasp (grab) the spindle (almost always 'district').
20 “She extends (spreads out) her hand to the poor, and she stretches out (sends out) her hands to the needy.
21 “She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet.” (symbolizes blood)
“Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood”. (Rev 1:5)
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Rev 19:13-14)
“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb 9:14)
22 “She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen (white) and purple (royalty).
The King is not ashamed to call us brothers.
23 “Her husband is known in the gates (= judge's seat), when he sits (dwells) among the elders of the land.” (earth)
24 “She makes linen garments (=large sheet, one piece, worn under street clothes) and sells, and supplies (gives) belts (loin cloths) to the tradesmen” (=Canaanite, from a root that means humbled).
“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. (Is 55:1)
25 “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future” (=last day).
26 “She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of (loving)kindness is on her tongue.”
27 “She looks well (keeps watch over) to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
28 “Her children rise up and bless (happy) her; her husband, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done nobly (=excellent, army, strength, same as vs. 10), but you excel (=rise higher) them all.”
“having a hope in God ... that there shall certainly be a resurrection (rising up) of both the righteous and the wicked.” (Acts 24:15)
30 “Charm is deceitful (false) and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”
31 “Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” (=in the judgment).
“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil to a resurrection of judgment. (Jn 5:28-29)
Is the excellent wife the remnant army of God? Is the excellent wife a description of you?