Proverbs 31:10, 19
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. … She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.”
Spindle and Distaff
The first question that we could ask is: “What in the world is a spindle and a distaff, and what would a woman be doing with them?” Seriously, how many people on the street could tell you what a spindle and a distaff are? One out of a hundred?
Actually, a spindle and distaff are ancient tools used in the making of yarn, or thread. Women back then, and today, spun material such as wool, flax, and goat’s hair to make the yarn and thread to weave into clothing. Spinning takes a lot of skill and coordination, too, which is rather amazing to watch.
Then and Now
The second question we could ask is: “How can we relate the idea of a good woman with her spinning tools to today?” In other words, if you’re gonna be looking for a Proverbs 31 woman in metropolitan Big City, USA, what is the equivalent of laying her hands to the spindle and distaff?
Find a woman that loves the work that she does, one who does it with grace and dexterity, even beauty. Find a woman that creates something useful and is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. Find a woman who is patient, purposeful, and productive with the talents God has given her.
Find a woman like that, and like the old folks would say, “You’ve got a keeper!”
February 8th, 2014 at 7:35 am
Another proverb states that a good wife is a blessing from Go. So if you want a good woman,……………..
Regards and good will blogging .
February 8th, 2014 at 7:40 am
Actually, I believe that another proverb states that a good wife is a blessing from God…I’m not sure about “Go.” But on the other hand, a good wife should be sought after from the “get go,” as my dad would have said. So, hopefully, if a man is truly blessed, he will be gifted from God with a good wife right from the start ;-), and not have to wait till the second or third (HA!).
February 8th, 2014 at 8:10 am
Anthony, I mistype d Go for God. Thanks for your apt and humorous reply..
Regards and good will blogging
February 8th, 2014 at 8:37 am
I know ;-). I just thought it was funny.