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Proverbs 31:19

by: FCC Staff

10/19/2021

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"She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle."

Spinning various materials into cloth was a cornerstone of any civilization in the ancient near-east. Truly, unless one was to be content wearing clothes of animal skins, someone had to spin cloth for clothes, from simple ephods to elaborate coats and cloaks. It was hard, monotonous work. And for a person of means, a chore that could be relegated to hired hands and servants.

But the wise woman of Proverbs

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Proverbs 31:18

by: FCC Staff

10/18/2021

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“She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.  Her lamp does not go out at night.” 

Understanding the wisdom presented in Proverbs 31 predicates a need to understand the culture in which it was written. We can think that women being entrepreneurial or self-reliant is a fairly modern occurrence, however it was very common in the culture of the Bible. It doesn’t mean that women did not face prejudice when engaging in this culture, but the paradigm of wisdom that is held

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Proverbs 31:17

by: FCC Staff

10/15/2021

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“She dresses herself with strength and makes her arm strong.”  - Proverbs 31:17

 

What do you do for your body’s physical strength? Do you have a regular routine for working out, maybe just a few minutes each day to tone up your muscles enough to have the energy to get through the day? Your job, the housework and other chores you are involved in throughout the day is maybe all you feel you will need. Have you checked your energy level lately? Keeping a good eye on it can be

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Proverbs 31:16

by: FCC Staff

10/14/2021

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“She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.” - Proverbs 31:16 

 

Who manages the money in your household? Does your husband trust you with the payment of all the bills as well as all of the other expenditures? Are you willing to be responsible for that duty? Some husbands are happy with that kind of arrangement. He may be busy making a living for the family and appreciates you helping out with this responsibility. On the other hand,

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Proverbs 31:15

by: FCC Staff

10/13/2021

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“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.” - Proverbs 31:15

 

Are you an early riser? Do you have on your mind the night before to get up out of bed early in the morning and prepare breakfast for your family? As a housewife who fulfills her duty, you know the feeling. Sometimes that’s not possible for a variety of reasons. But as a rule, is that a part of your daily routine? Not many of us are able to have maidservants

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Proverbs 31:14

by: FCC Staff

10/12/2021

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“She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.” - Proverbs 31:14

 

As the wife of the household, what is your pattern for buying groceries for the family? Are you content with what you can find at only one store, or are there times when you really want to satisfy your husband and family and have to run off to another one? That’s because you want to be considerate and want to provide what others enjoy. When this was written the women would go down to t

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Proverbs 31:13

by: FCC Staff

10/11/2021

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“She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.” - Proverbs 31:13

 

It was an ordinary chore back then for the wife of the household to go looking for the goods or the raw material to make the cloth she needed for her husband’s and family’s clothes. She didn’t go to the store and buy fabric and then sew it together. It was a task just knowing where she might go to find it. Nothing special. Just doing what she needed to do. How things have changed. For the last few ce

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Proverbs 31:11-12

by: FCC Staff

10/08/2021

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Proverbs 31:11-12 “The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.”

Have you ever been in a relationship where you just didn’t feel you could completely trust the other person? Whether in marriage, a business partner, or business dealings, a co-worker, or even just a work or school team project? Always feeling like they’re kind of a leaky bucket, or as the Proverb relates a “bad tooth” or a

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Proverbs 31:10

by: FCC Staff

10/07/2021

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Proverbs 31:10 “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.”

 

If you could put a face on the feminine embodiment of Wisdom of Proverbs 3:13-18 and 9:1-6, you would have the wife of chapter 31. In fact, much of the same language is used. There has been debate down through the ages as to whether this portion of chapter 31 is a continuation of or a separation from the advice of Lemuel’s mother or even if this king Lemuel of verses 1-9 is in fact Solom

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Proverbs 31:8-9

by: FCC Staff

10/06/2021

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Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open our mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

 

A growing number of people in this world are feeling they have no voice in matters that directly concern themselves, their families or their communities. For the righteous leader or “king” the Queen Mother is saying it is for you my son Lemuel, to be their voice. The sober voice of reason and justice. The Bible

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Proverbs 31:4-7

by: FCC Staff

10/05/2021

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Proverbs 31:4-7 “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.”

 

Here we continue with the words attributed to King Lemuel’s mother. “What are you doing, my son? What ar

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Proverbs 31:1-3

by: FCC Staff

10/04/2021

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Proverbs 31:1-3 “The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings.”

 

It is interesting that there is no other record of a “King Lemuel” except for here at the very end of the book of Proverbs. The last chapter. We don’t know much about him except that his name means “devoted to God” or “fo

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Proverbs 30:2

by: FCC Staff

10/01/2021

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“Surely, I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.”  Proverbs 30:2

Wow!  Agur, the person who wrote these words, either had a low sense of self-worth or he was an intensely humble person. Or maybe he was just an intensely sarcastic person. Either way, these words set the tone for Proverbs 30 which is a series of entertaining and truthful thoughts on God, His creation, himself and others. I encourage you to read through it.

It’s probably not healthy

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Proverbs 29:27

by: FCC Staff

09/30/2021

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“An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.” Proverbs 29:27

“Why can’t we all just get along?” This phrase summarizes the goal of individuals, groups, and organizations around the world which promote world peace. Last week (9/21/21) the world celebrated what has been named by the UN as the ‘International Day of Peace’. Peace and getting along are good things and are, in fact, God’s intent for His creation

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Proverbs 29:26

by: FCC Staff

09/29/2021

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“Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.”  Proverbs 29:26

Think about your favorite snack food - a certain type of chip, candy bar, soda, ice cream or whatever that you eat as a ‘guilty indulgence’. We all have them. You’re at the store and want to stock up on your favorite treat, but to your horror they are out. So, in a moment of weakness you grab the generic or off brand version. We all know how that ends – with a bit of disappoint

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