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Summary: 7 of 7. 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 7—Proverbs 31:10-31

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

Competence is something needed in all areas of life...

Climbing Mt. Everest(VBS Theme)—Challenges are only conquered with competence, or the result is defeat &/or death!

School—Every grade school, collegiate or professional sport demands competence.

Every grade school grade, every college level course, every post-grad curriculum requires some type of determinative testing.

Fishing—Every successful sport-fishing tournament demands competence on the part of the fishermen/women.

Every successful commercial fisherman exhibits competence as he supports his family thru it.

Pilots—Every successful sea captain must exhibit competence in piloting skills in order to accomplish the task consistently & meaningfully. People’s incomes are at stake.

Airplane/Jet—Competence in the cockpit is needed because people’s lives are at stake.

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?

There is no higher calling than to be & have a ‘competent’ wife!

We have found previously that

A competent wife/woman Competently...

1. Is RARE & PRECIOUS(:10)

2. COMMITS(:11-12)

3. PROVIDES(:13-15)

4. PREMEDITATES(:16)

5. Is STRONG(:17)

6. Is INVOLVED(:18-19)

7. Is COMPASSIONATE & GENEROUS(:20)

8. CLOTHES(:21-22)

9. MARRIES(:23)

10. NETWORKS(:24)

11. REJOICES In HER FUTURE(:25)

12. PROJECTS(:26)

13—A competent wife/woman...

Competently ATTENDS TO(:27)

Explanation:(:27)Watches

:27—“She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.”

The virtuous wife always “watches”(attends to) to her “household’s” “ways.” The choices & actions of her family are important to her. She is attentive to alleviation & mediation so that her family will prosper. She is proactive in her family’s direction. She is attentive to relating to her individual children’s needs.

Her children do not “raise themselves,” nor are they dependent upon ‘their village’ for guidance because they receive it at home.

Again she is no slacker(:15). Laziness(“Idleness”) is far from her door. She does not avail herself of or partake of that by which slackers/sluggards are sustained.

“Watches over/Looketh well”—hpu tsaw-faw’—Qal Participle Active—1) To look out or about, spy, keep watch, observe, watch. Strong—a primitive root; properly--To lean forward, i.e. To peer into the distance; by implication--To observe, await.

“Ways”—hkylh hal-eey-kaw’—Noun Fem.—1) Going, doing, traveling company, way—1a) Going, walk, marching, doings, 1b) Traveling company, caravan. Strong—A walking; by implication--A procession or march, a caravan. Used 7X.


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