Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,

   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,

   and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;

   she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,

   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household

   and does not eat the bread of idleness.

 

 What can be said of the noble wife’s husband? She has granted him respect, so he goes out into the world with confidence. He provides for her in his way, and she for him in hers – there is no competition between them. She has no time for resentment because she busies herself with work she enjoys; no reason for worry because her diligence has made her confident. Strength and dignity have put her at peace, she is good humored and cheerful about the challenges ahead.

 

 Wisdom is within her grasp, inspiring her words as well as her actions. With this too she is generous, faithfully instructing those who will listen. Her attention isn’t focused on the households of others but on the opportunities she has in her own. Who better to watch over the affairs of her home? With that responsibility comes the freedom to manage things as she pleases. She honors the boundaries between diligence and burnout; rest and idleness – finding satisfaction in all that she does.

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