Indwelt Women

Proverbs 31

Session 1 | verse 10-12

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verse 10

An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.

 

“An excellent wife who can find?”
 

Cross Reference

And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.
— Ruth 3:11
A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
— Proverbs 12:4


Looking at these verses, write down anything you’ve noticed about an “excellent wife” or a wife of “noble character”.
 

Other Translation

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
— NIV
 


What is an excellent wife compared to in Proverbs 31:10?


A Word on Rubies...

If God compares a wife of noble character to rubies, what does it tell you about what God values in a wife?

 

In a culture that values a woman’s career gains & physical appearance more, what does it mean for you to pursue noble character as a wife?

 


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verse 11

The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.

 

Paraphrase this verse in your own words.

What does it mean for her husband’s HEART to trust in her so fully? What would she have done that earned his trust?

What earns your husband’s trust?
Use the following questions as a starting point to facilitate a conversation.

 - What does it look like for you to trust in me fully?
 - In your opinion, what builds trust in a husband and wife relationship?
 - What can I do to build your trust in me?

 

“He will have no lack of gain”
 

Other Translation

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
— NIV
 


What does it mean to lack nothing of value? Is the author talking about material value or something else?

What does it mean for your husband to lack nothing of value?

 


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verse 12

She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.

 

Paraphrase this verse in your own words.


What characteristics are displayed through doing her husband good all the days of her life?
What fruit(s) of the Spirit is she bearing?

 


Review

An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
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.
— Proverbs 31:10-12

Take a minute and pray through verse 10-12.

Oh Lord, make me the excellent wife You portrayed in Your Word. Let me be a wife of noble character that is worth far more than rubies. Help me love and respect my husband in ways that make his heart trust in me fully, that he has no lack of gain.
Lord, I seek Your wisdom and counsel on how to love selflessly and sacrificially. Let me do my husband good - not harm - all the days of my life. May people see You as they look upon our marriage. May all glory goes to You, oh Lord.

Pray specifically for God’s wisdom and guidance.
Pray that He will help you in the becoming of a noble wife.


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