Proverbs 31:25-27 “Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
Have you ever wondered what it looks like when someone has the character of Christ? In Proverbs 31:25-27, we have a picture of this type of person. Amazingly, it is not a patriarch like Abraham or an apostle like Paul. Instead, it is a humble, unnamed woman who nevertheless is held up as an example of Christ’s very spirit and personality. Proverbs 31 shows us the woman of noble character, and when we emulate the things about her that we learn we can develop the confidence in character ourselves that comes from knowing that we are pursuing the right path.
In verse 25 of Proverbs 31, we see the words that describe the character of a woman who fears the Lord. Her “clothing” displays divine wisdom, giving her confidence to face the future with its unexpected challenges. She is well covered in the spiritual things of righteousness.
In verse 26, we see a woman who understands wisdom and the law but whose justice is tempered with mercy. Her speech conveys her wisdom and kindness. Her words build up and do not tear others down. She is not a gossip or a slanderer. When she speaks, it is to help. Her wisdom instructs her children.
In verse 27, we see a woman who is industrious. Her first thought is for the well-being of the members of her own house. She is a skilled manager of the home. The “bread of idleness” mentioned in this verse comes from the same root word as the man in Proverbs 6:6 and 6:9 who is described as a “sluggard.” The root word literally means “eyes looking everywhere.” A person who eats the bread of idleness is always looking for the next chance to take something from someone else without working for it.
Proverbs 31 gives us a wonderful lesson in the confidence in character we can have when we emulate the woman of noble character. Like the young women in the Parker Valley series, we can learn to develop this confidence of character.