Proverbs 31: 8, 9, and 20

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.  vs. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Some have said the woman in this passage is too lofty of an ideal, impossible to imitate.  If you go back to the beginning of the chapter you will see that this is the oracle of a mother’s greatest hope for her son – the perfect woman.  This is the amazing “dream woman” .  All of us have a few of her qualities.  One of the noble characteristics of this godly wife is that she extends herself and her resources to the poor.  She is kind, faithful, hard working, respected and loved.  She knows God.  I like her.  I would like to BE  like her.  In this world we won’t find ourselves being perfect, but we can learn from  Scripture some of the best characteristics of a godly woman/wife/mother.

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