Summary: 5 of ? The writer of Proverbs detailed a successful marriage from the standpoint of a competent wife. A wife’s competence completes a successful marriage. Who is a competent wife? A competent wife/woman...

A COMPETENT WIFE/Woman-part 5—Proverbs 31:10-31


The writer of Proverbs detailed a successful marriage from the standpoint of a competent wife.

A wife’s competence completes a successful marriage.

Who is a competent wife?

What makes/characterizes a competent wife?

Competent—1)“Having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully; 2)Efficient & capable.

*There is no higher calling for a wife/woman than to be ‘competent’ in Christ Jesus!

We have found previously that

A competent wife/woman Competently...

1. Is RARE & PRECIOUS(:10)

2. COMMITS(:11-12)

3. PROVIDES(:13-15)


5. Is STRONG(:17)

6. Is INVOLVED(:18-19)

7—A competent wife/woman is...



:20—“She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.”

By “extending her hand” the virtuous woman/wife is described as literally opening(“extends”) her palm to “the poor.”

She is not tight-fisted with her earnings or her work.

She has a genuine concern for those who are “needy.”

So a godly wife not only provides for her own family, but for her neighbors in need as well. She is loving & generous.

“Extends”—srp paw-ras’—Qal Perfect—1) To spread, spread out, stretch, break in pieces—1a) (Qal)—1a1) To spread out, display, 1a2) To spread over. Strong—a primitive root; To break apart, disperse, etc..

“Hand”—(See :13, 16b, 19)—Pk kaf—

“Poor”—yne aw-neey’—Adj.—1) Poor, afflicted, humble, wretched. Strong—Depressed, in mind or circumstances [practically the same as wne, although the margin constantly disputes this, making wne[Noun] subjective & yne[V.] objective].

“Reaches out”(See :19—“Stretches out”)—xlv shaw-lakh’—Qal Perfect—1a) (Qal)—1a1) To send, 1a2) To stretch out, extend, direct, 1a3) To send away, 1a4) To let loose. Strong—a primitive root; To send away, for, or out(in a great variety of applications).

“Hands”(See :19, 31)—dy yawd—1) Hand. Strong—a primitive word; A hand(the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from Pk[See :13, 16b], the closed one); used(as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally & figuratively, both proximate & remote.

“Needy”—Nwyba eb-yown’—Masc. Adj.—1) In want, needy, chiefly poor, needy person; 2) Subject to oppression & abuse; 3) Needing help, deliverance from trouble, especially as delivered by God; 4) General reference to lowest class. Strong—from hba[To breathe after, i.e. figuratively--To be acquiescent], in the sense of--Want(especially in feeling); Destitute.



**Gal. 6:7-10—“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

**Isa. 58:5-8—“Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth & ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the LORD? “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.”

Ex. 34:5-8—“Now the LORD descended in the cloud & stood with him[Moses] there, & proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed before him & proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful & gracious, longsuffering, & abounding in goodness & truth, “keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity & transgression & sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children & the children’s children to the third & the fourth generation.” So Moses made haste & bowed his head toward the earth, & worshiped.”

**Zech. 7:8-10—“Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy & compassion Everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.’”

**Mat. 9:35-38—“Then Jesus went about all the cities & villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, & healing every sickness & every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary & scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

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