The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Wednesday, December 08, 2004  

Happy Birthday, Mom

Who can find a virtuous woman?
For her price is far above rubies.

She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household,
and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it:
with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength,
and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:
her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle,
and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth our her hand to the poor;
yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
her clothing is silk and purple.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it;
and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honor are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household,
and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Many daughters have done virtuously,
but thou excellest them all.

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Source: The Bible, King James Version, Proverbs 31:10, 13-22, 24-27, 29-31


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