How hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels! The woman of worth embodies the fruit that wisdom produces.
Her husband puts his confidence in her, and he will never be poor. The reality is a man’s ego – self-confidence – sense of worth – is greatly tied to his wife.
As long as she lives, she does him good and never harm. Virtuous women are beautiful, caring, reliable, trustworthy, loving, and they make do with what they have.
She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloth. She is rare—one-in-a-million. And she is highly valued—worth far more than material wealth.
She brings home food from out-of-the-way places, as merchant ships do. “Your beauty should consist of your true inner self, the ageless beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of the greatest value in God‘s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:4
She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and to tell her servant women what to do. Ask someone who has been divorced the kind of hell they endure financially and emotionally and you will discover that finding such a mate is a prize worth far above all the gold mines in the world.
She looks at land and buys it, and with money she has earned she plants a vineyard. It represents the inner thought process one has as they seek God and even converse within themselves when making a very important decision.
She is a hard worker, strong and industrious. Faithful instruction is on her tongue, as you can see, there is not set time frame, you know, all day, not just mornings and every Tuesday afternoon, without wisdom, she does not speak, without something worth saying, that will do her listener good not harm to hear, she doesn’t say anything, if it is not scriptural and correct, she does not mention it, she always has a word of encouragement, not one of discouragement. She knows the value of everything she makes, and works late into the night.
She spins her own thread and weaves her own cloth. Note: this one can be met with some prejudice as you meet the conflict in this quote. “De Pizan’s bringing together of contrasting ideas occurs often with respect to traditional female pursuits. For example, her own mother is often referred to as a force that is in the way of her complete educational freedom, and spinning is implicated in her troubles concerning this matter. The character of Rectitude explains to de Pizan herself, “Your father…did not believe women were worth less by knowing science: rather, as you know, he took great pleasure from seeing your inclination to learning. The feminine opinion of your mother, however, who wished to keep you busy with spinning and silly girlishness, following the common custom of women, was the major obstacle to your being more involved in the sciences”
She is generous to the poor and needy. “I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’” – Acts 20:35
She doesn’t worry when it snows, because her family has warm clothing. “We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the Aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that.” ~Philip Pullman, Northern Lights
She makes bedspreads and wears clothes of fine purple linen. Wills and bequests often made particular mention of woolen clothing and specified the worth of the garment indicating what quality it might be.
Her husband is well-known, one of the leading citizens. “We appeal to the young men and women of this nation, to those whose nostrils are not yet befouled by greed and snobbery and racial narrowness: Stand up for the right, prove yourselves worthy of your heritage and whether born north or south dare to treat men as men.” – Niagara Movement
She makes clothes and belts, and sells them to merchants. She not only knows her worth, she knows her responsibilities to herself.