Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. i looked up “virtuous,” and it means strength, morality, a particular moral excellence, manly courage, commendable valor, active power to accomplish a given effect, chastity. virtuous, commendable strength. She is more precious than rubies, and deserves to be treated that way. not because she is a “she” but because she is God’s and is letting Him implant His heart in her!
Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. as i journaled about this verse, i wrote that when Andrew was talking about a guy at frisbee and asking if I’d noticed something, i told him honestly (and a little surprised, since frisbee is about 80% male and i wasn’t only watching Andrew the entire time, since that would be impossible) that i hadn’t noticed any of the other guys, he was the only one. he puffed up a little and smiled- he felt special, important. i wouldn’t presume to say i greatly enrich his life (what a huge endeavor!), but i hope i give him encouragement to be the man God will have him be.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. notice, “all the days”. i can’t really take credit for this one, i definitely read it in a Ludy book (probably When God Writes Your Love Story, which i still highly recommend. i have two copies if anyone wants them), but the idea is that it says all the days of her life, not “all the days of her married life.” what would that look like in real life, to honor your future spouse all the days of [your] life?
“… it’s true that Jesus Christ hung out with prostitutes, and people who were tax collectors, and people who were sinners, but He didn’t participate in their sin right along with them, He didn’t become a prostitute or become a tax collector to win them. Rather He came into their midst and they understood how much they needed Him, and they came to a life of true repentance where they walked away from their sin.”
Leslie Ludy, The Applause of Heaven podcast