Who Is The Virtuous Woman?
In a world where traditional view on Patriarchy and Feminism continue to wage an unending war, a Perfect Person has been created, and we call her The Virtuous Wife, or The Virtuous Woman.
Now, “woman” and “wife” are two different words, but somehow, we have been able to create a hybrid, and so “woman” and “wife” have been used interchangeably and they still refer to this same Person.
Now, who is a Virtuous Woman/Wife?
Well, the history can be traced back to the popular Bible Verse in King James Version:
“Who can find a VIRTUOUS WIFE? For her worth is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10 (NKJV).
KJV is slightly different: “Who can find a VIRTUOUS WOMAN? for her price is far above rubies.”
NLT is my favorite version. And it give a more rotund explanation: “Who can find a VIRTUOUS AND CAPABLE WIFE? She is more precious than rubies.”
And for most people, I believe this is where it stops.
There is a Woman. She is Virtuous. And she is a Wife. She has many Wifely Qualities. Her Husband can brag at city council meetings. Her children call her Blessed. And then the popular verse 15: She wakes up before dawn to prepare Breakfast!!
So in summary, the Virtuous Woman is defined – by her multiple roles as a Wife. By her Husband. By her children. By her ability to Cook. And by her ability to engage in Manual Labour. And she must be God-Fearing, of course. Any woman who is not trapped inside this mold can not consider herself “Virtuous”. And somehow, we have created a Picture that does not even exist – of a Virtuous Woman that is NOT written in Proverbs 31! An Idol! Oh! The Power of Imagination.
But What Does The Bible REALLY Say About The VIRTUOUS WOMAN???
I will write a few, as written in Proverbs 31:16-18 (NLT)
“She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.
She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.”
Wow!! This is not your typical “Virtuous Woman”, or is she? With 3 Short Verses, the BIBLE changes everything we know about the Virtuous Woman.
She is the type of a Woman who has enough brain in her head to go and inspect a property and make the decision whether to buy the land/house or not!! She’s not that insecure woman fighting with her husband to include her name on a joint property as “Mr Sayid Smith and Mrs Susan Smith.” No, because she can buy her own property in her own name.
She is the kind of woman who can buy a vineyard or any business venture with HER OWN EARNING!!
She’s the kind of woman whose portfolio is full of PROFITABLE deals.
She’s a Woman who is Strong, Beautiful and Confident, but also a hard worker, even works late into the night!!
This is not your regular weak, docile, shamefaced kind of a woman who doesn’t have an opinion. Her husband can brag among other men at the Council Meetings because she has something meaningful to contribute and not because of servitude. Her children call her Blessed because she is a positive Role Model.
There is a Virtuous Woman in Proverbs 31. She is a Wife, yes. She is a Mother, yes. But beyond that, SHE IS A WOMAN