Proverbs 31 Woman — Part 13

She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Proverbs 31:22

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the One who has made us. You are the One who provides for us. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we seek our own power, our own wisdom, and our own way. Renew us day by day so that we will not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are eternal. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Even though the first sentence might sound a bit outdated for some of us, I like what Matthew Henry comments on this verse:

She makes herself coverings of tapestry to hang her rooms, and she may be allowed to use them when they are of her own making. Her own clothing is rich and fine: it is silk and purple, according to her place and rank. Though she is not so vain as to spend much time in dressing herself, nor makes the putting on of apparel her adorning, nor values herself upon it, yet she has rich clothes and puts them on well.

READ — Let’s read today’s verse again

She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

ENGAGE — Think: What does the verse say?

What does she make for herself?
_____

What type of clothing does she have?
fine _____ and _____

In modern terms, think of tapestry as in decoration for the home. Sure, it could be a tapestry hanging on the wall, but it could also be something else.

The virtuous woman’s clothing is fine linen and purple. This tells us that she is wealthy and that she has taste. She knows how to dress.

APPLY — Think: How does this apply to you?

What are some of the things you like to use to decorate your home? Do your guest notice that you are a woman of God?

If you are going through your wardrobe and looking at your clothing, what comes to your mind? Do you care what others think of you what type of clothes you are wearing?

DO — Think: What are some of the ways you could apply this verse?

To give your home a fresh start: declutter, reorganize, then decorate. A clean house makes a huge difference. It’s hard to keep a house clean, though, which is full of clutter. There are things that do not “belong” anywhere in the home and keep wandering from one place to another.

First, decide what is necessary and what needs to go; include all the decoration. Second reorganize. Each thing needs its own place where it is taken from and where it will go back to. Now it’s time to decorate your home (again).

This verse about the virtuous woman’s clothing might lead some of us to think that we are in need of an abundance of clothes. Not so! Yes, there are women out there who seem a lot richer than us — their shoes, handbag, scarf, and all match their dress.

Wearing the same shirt or sweater more often does not make you look poor. There are many ways you can enrich your wardrobe simply by wearing different accessories along with each clothing. Choose the colors wisely and stick to them when buying more clothes and shoes.

Beauty starts within. Seek the LORD who is your Strength and Beauty.

About Mirjam Fels

Born in Germany and called in the US to be a child of God in 1992. I'm now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland where I enjoy being a helper, homemaker, and writer. Some of my hobbies are baking breads and apple crumble cakes, knitting socks, crocheting things for the home, and sewing. I love to write about biblical womanhood, dog training, home education, and writing — all from a Christian perspective.
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