Monday, January 24, 2011

Proverbs 31:31

Proverbs 31:31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Now at the end we see that she is to be praised and that the merit of her works will bring praise.

The lesson had a great summary of how she works and it is this work ethic that brings her praise.
Verse 13 - she works with eager hands
Verse 19 - her hands are busy
Verse 20 - she extends a helping hand

Who is to do the praising?
Verse 28 - her children
Verse 28-29 - her husband
Verse 30 - The Lord
Verse 31 - the community

Notice she is not praising herself!   Proverbs 27:2 in the NLT is nice and blunt and to the point.  The easiest lesson in humility you will ever have HA!
Proverbs 27:2 Don't praise yourself; let others do it!

The end of today's lesson had an interesting quote, part of which said "showing contentedness and happiness in the domestic circle depend upon the foresight and oversight of this queen of the hearth."  In other words, a happy home is dependant on how we prepare and manage our lives and most importantly how we pursue a relationship with Jesus.

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