"Sometimes in the cool of the evening, the truth comes like a lover through the wind." - John Michael Talbot
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Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is worth more than precious rubies.
Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly
enrich his life. She will not hinder him but
help him all her life. She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s
ship; she brings her food from afar. She gets
up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her
household and plan the day’s work for her servant
girls. She goes out to inspect a field and buys
it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.
She watches for bargains; her lights burn late
into the night. Her hands are busy spinning
thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends
a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms
to the needy. She has no fear of winter for
her household because all of them have warm
clothes. She quilts her own bedspreads.
She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest
cloth. Her husband is well known, for he sits
in the council meeting with the other civic
leaders. She makes belted linen garments and
sashes to sell to the merchants. She is
clothed with strength and dignity, and she
laughs with no fear of the future. When she
speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the
rule when she gives instructions. She carefully
watches all that goes on in her household and
does not have to bear the consequences of
laziness. Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her: “There are many
virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive,
and beauty does not last; but a woman who
fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds
publicly declare her praise.