Sayings of King Lemuel
The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
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 night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Vs 1-31
This chapter opens with King Lemuel telling us what his mother taught him, which I believe is good advice for every Christian leader today.
- Don’t spend your mental energy or strength on selfish women/men
- Don’t allow alcohol to make you forget your responsibilities
- Speak up for those who cannot
- Judge fairly
- Defend the poor and needy
The remainder is this chapter is what Proverbs 31 is known for; the qualities of a good strong Christian woman:
- Worth more than any mans treasure
- Her husband has confidence in her abilities
- Works hard to provide all her families needs
- Brings encouragement to her family
- Helps those less fortunate
- Trusts the Lord
- Offers her God given talents
- Speaks kind words of wisdom
- Takes time to laugh
- Takes care of her household
- Does what is needed to protect her children
- Takes time for herself, to stay strong spiritually, when needed
I use to avoid this chapter of Proverbs. From what I had heard about it, I always thought it was a place for others to read, point and say, “You don’t do that!” I was afraid of the judgment it would bring. I was afraid I would be told I was a failure as a wife and mother and I was messing up my kids. Who wants to hear that?!
As a mom I’m always wishing there was a magic list I could check to see if I’m doing things right. Haven’t you ever wished for a manual ‘How to be the best mom ever’? I certainly have. I think this chapter tells us what God intends a wife/mother to be like. I think it makes it pretty clear how we are to be. Of course we’re not meant to be this way on our own. It’s with God’s guidance and wisdom and the help of the Holy Spirit that we can accomplish this. This is also going to look different for each woman out there. We are not all the same and never will/can be. That’s not how God created us. God wants us, everyone, to shine with their own individual talent given to them by Him. What’s your God given talent? If you’re not sure, ask God. I know He will tell you, or show you, if you ask.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for your Words, the Bible. I pray we would read it daily and take it to heart. I pray it would draw us closer to you, Amen.