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Summary: 4 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 4—Proverbs 31:10-31

Attention:

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...

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

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

3. Competently PROVIDES(:13-15)for her husband & family

4. Competently PREMEDITATES(:16)opportunity for her family’s resources

5—A competent wife/woman is...

Competently STRONG(:17)

Explanation:(:17)

:17—“She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.”

A virtuous woman/wife must actively ‘put on’ “strength” in order to accomplish the daily tasks to which she commits herself. She pulls everything about herself together with “strength” as with a belt.

Likewise she takes it upon herself to “strengthen” her “arms.” Physical strength is something usually sought by men but is just as becoming to a woman as well.

She is unafraid of hard work. Thru her work she remains fit both physically & mentally. She does not balk at physical labor & is accustomed to it. Thereby she will not back down from a task that may cause her to ‘break a sweat.’

Such integrity of her ways “strengthens” her for greater works.

Such “personal initiative” is an asset to her, her family, & beyond.

“Girds/Sets about”—rgx khaw-gar’—(See :24 ‘from’—“Sashes”)—1) To gird, gird on, gird oneself, put on a belt. Strong—a primitive root; To gird on(as a belt, armor, etc.).

“Strength/Vigorously”(See :25)—zwe `owz—Noun Masc.—1) Might, strength—1a) Material or physical, 1b) Personal or social or political. Strong—Strength in various applications(force, security, majesty, praise).

“Strengthens/Strong”—Uma aw-mats’—Piel(intensive/intentional or repeated/extended) Imperfect—1) To be strong, alert, courageous, brave, stout, bold, solid, hard—1b) (Piel)--To strengthen, secure(for oneself), harden(heart), make firm, make obstinate, assure. Strong—a primitive root; To be alert, physically(on foot) or mentally(in courage).

“Arms”—erz zer-o'-ah—1) Arm, forearm, shoulder, strength—1a) Arm, 1b) Arm(as symbol of strength), 1c) Forces(political & military), 1d) Shoulder(of animal sacrificed). Strong—The arm(as stretched out), or (of animals)--The foreleg; figuratively--Force.

Argumentation:

Inner strength from God is necessary for attaining His outer strength.

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