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Wisdom as a Wife

May 10, 2015 Preacher: Rich Lanning Series: Proverbs

Scripture: Proverbs 31:10–31:31

Wisdom as a Wife
Proverbs 31:10–31
May 10, 2015


I. Understanding the passage as a portrait of wisdom. Proverbs 31:10

II. Who can find a wife like this? Proverbs 31:10

III. Her character:
     A. Trustworthy. Proverbs 31:11

     B. Industrious. Proverbs 31:13–16, 18–19, 21–22

     C. Clothed in strength. Proverbs 31:17, 25

     D. Concerned for the poor. Proverbs 31:20

     E. Speaks with wisdom and kindness. Proverbs 31:26

     F. Characterized by the ‘fear of the Lord’. Proverbs 31:30

IV. Her worth:
     A. A blessing to her household. Proverbs 31:15, 21, 23, 28

     B. A comfort to all around her. Proverbs 31:29–31

Questions for reflection:

  • The common view of Proverbs 31 is that it is primarily a kind of instruction manual for wives. How does viewing the passage as primarily a ‘Portrait of Wisdom’ change or deepen this view?
  • Can you think of examples of people who practice the wisdom described in Proverbs 31? Who are they? How do they model this wisdom?
  • How does Jesus fit into the pursuit and practice of wisdom?

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