Proverbs Day 31 – An excellent wife

An excellent wife who can find?
    She is far more precious than jewels.
(Proverbs 31:10 ESV)

An excellent wife who can find, reminds me of the Jane Austen quote in Pride and Prejudice about the accomplished woman. Caroline Bingly and Mr. Darcy define an accomplished woman as one having extraordinary qualities.

“no one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions”…”and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”

To which Elizabeth Bennett replies,

“I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.”

When I was first introduced to the Proverbs 31 Woman, I shared Elizabeth’s sentiments – who can find?

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