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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...

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A COMPETENT WIFE/Woman-part 5—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 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—A competent wife/woman is...

Competently COMPASSIONATE & GENEROUS(:20)

Explanation:(:20)

: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.

Argumentation:

COMPASSION:

**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.”


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