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Summary: 3 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...

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A COMPETENT WIFE/WOMAN-part 3—Proverbs 31:10-31

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A guy walks into the human resources department of a large company & hands the interviewer his application. She scans the sheet, & notices that the applicant has been fired from every job he has ever held.

She says, “I must say, your work history is terrible. You've been fired from every job you have listed here.”

“Yes, Ma’am, that’s correct.” says the man.

“Well,” she continues, “I don’t see much benefit for our company in your work history. I don’t think we need or can use someone like yourself on our team.”

“Hold on now!” says the applicant as he points to his application. “I want to remind you that I got fired from every one of those jobs! I am NOT a quitter.”

He thought he was competent but was not!

So-called ‘Competence’ in anything can be ‘in the eye of the beholder’...Or it can be actual competence!

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.”

M-W—“having the necessary ability or skills : able to do something well or well enough to meet a standard”; “having requisite or adequate ability or qualities.”

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

Last Sunday we found that A competent wife/woman is...

1. Competently RARE & PRECIOUS(:10)in a world given to self-service

2. Competently COMMITS(:11-12)to her husband & family

3—A competent wife/woman...

Competently PROVIDES(:13-15)

Explanation:(:13-15)

:13—“She seeks wool & flax, And willingly works with her hands.”

The virtuous woman/wife actively “seeks” out both “wool & flax” in order to employ them in the making of clothing(:19-22).

“Wool”(sheep fur) was employed for making warmer clothing. It was of “considerable commercial value.”—ISBE

Priests were forbidden to wear wool in performing their official duties within the inner court, in order to prevent perspiration(Ezek. 44:17-18).

“Flax”(from a plant) was used to make linen thread & fabric. Linen was a cooler fabric than wool. Priestly garments were to be of ‘fine-twined linen.’

From the plant, Linum usitatissimum. Its tough fibers are separated from the stalks by prolonged soaking in water. When dried, the fibers are then removed by combing.—ISBE

—Demonstration of Native-American ingenuity at the Riverfront Festival—Making thread & rope from plant fibers.

She is not content to buy pre-made fabric &/or clothing but cheerfully provides for her husband & family from the labor of “her” own “hands.” *Thus she is frugal & mindful but never cheap.inferior or miserly.


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