19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
The portrait of the “wife of noble character” continues. Though she is involved in the important tasks of trading and investing, she does not consider herself above the mundane work of spinning thread. She is diligent in her many responsibilities, but not too busy to help those in need. In these things she embodies the virtue of humility, prioritizing her time according to the opportunities at hand rather than her own whims.
“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.” She may not be wealthy, but she is rich in creativity. Exercising prudence, she is not caught unprepared when seasons change. She has planned for the needs, however unlikely, of those in her household. Yet she does not consider this drudgery, when something needs to be done she endeavors to do it well. When coverings are needed she sees to their style as well as their purpose, for her household along with herself.