Friday, April 2, 2010

Ruth the Virtuous Women

Ruth 3:11 And now my daughter, fear not: I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous women.
This is something I came across in my reading the Bible the other day.  What makes a women a virtuous women?  If you think about Ruth she was a women who followed her mother-in-law to a foreign land after their husbands had died.  Ruth's mother-in-law had tried on more then one occasion to convince Ruth to turn around and go back to her people, but she refused.  She followed Naomi to her home land.  It is here that you see the kind of women Ruth was. She did not follow her mother-in-law to her home land and then have no relationship with her.  NO!!!  Contrary to that she lived with her and she talked with her and asked for counsel.  She also listened and followed that counsel without thought or argument about it.  Ruth went out and worked from sun up to sun down.  She provided for the house in which she lived.  She was the one who brought home the food.  She was not lazy by any means.  Ruth did not go around boasting about being a virtuous women. It was told to her that she was a virtuous women, and that the whole city knew she was a virtuous women as well.  When reading the last chapter of Proverbs, we can see just exactly the kind of women that Ruth was.

Provers 31:10 - 31
Pro 31:10  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Pro 31:11  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Pro 31:12  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Pro 31:13  She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
Pro 31:14  She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
Pro 31:15  She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
Pro 31:16  She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
Pro 31:17  She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
Pro 31:18  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
Pro 31:19  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
Pro 31:20  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
Pro 31:21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Pro 31:22  She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Pro 31:23  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
Pro 31:24  She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Pro 31:25  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Pro 31:26  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Pro 31:27  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Pro 31:28  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Pro 31:29  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Pro 31:30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Pro 31:31  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

What does this say about you and I?  Are we virtuous women?  Do others think so or is it just us thinking that we are?  One of the greatest complements a person can give you is to call you a virtuous women or even compare you to Ruth.

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