Verses 1-3 are here.
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An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Oh how wonderful to be the excellent wife! Many women look at this standard and see how they fall so short of the mark. Even the writer notes how scarce it is to find an excellent wife. Does this mean as a Christian woman I should not strive to become one? Definitely not. This word "excellent" encompasses capable, intelligent, virtuous, strength, and morality. All of these things are attainable through God, not through any kind of strength of our own. Why does it matter? As women our influence is great in the home. We show our sons what kind of wives to marry; we show our daughters what kind of women to be. Most importantly, what woman would not want her husband to see her as being more precious and costly than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
It's a humbling thought to know that my relationship with my husband can bring him contentment or discontent. Just how many husbands trust their wives? Far too few, I'm sure. Trust is one of the most fundamental things in any relationship. A husband must trust his wife to be faithful in all aspects of her life, to take care of his interests, to act in an upright manner, and to be open with him. All women want a husband that feel this way about her, but are we living our lives to produce these feelings? We should prove to be trustworthy even if our husbands are not, simply because we are women of Christ. When women behave in a trustworthy manner, husbands find themselves wealthy. Not necessarily in material things, but wealthy because of the wonderful nature of his wife. When women do not act this way, the opposite is true. Men find themselves going out and seeking far less than the best through possessions, hobbies, or even other women.
Striving to be excellent by proving I am trustworthy in the treehouse,