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I came across a very inspirational scripture in the book of proverbs ,chapter 31. The first few verses did not communicate much to me. The message was still vague but I kept reading, after 9 verses I finally began to see the picture envisioned in the proverb ;The image of an ideal woman ,The Proverbs 31 Woman

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

Christian or not I believe this scripture represents the epitome of an ideal woman, mother or wife. And as young women we should strive on trying to embody this image within us. From the scripture I picked up the following attributes that the ideal woman should have: worthy (verse 10) loving and trustworthy (verse 11), hardworking (verse 13- 15), compassionate (verse 15 and 20) , strength and honor, wise (verse 26), kind (verse 26) responsible (verse 21). What striked me the most was the worthiness placed upon women as it says in the proverbs “for her

price is far above rubies” (verse 10) In one of her popular songs :a woman’s worth ,Alicia keys says “you can buy me diamonds u can buy me pearls because you know im worth it…a real man knows a real woman always comes first… you will lose if you refuse to put her first..” A lot of tribute should be payed to women , they should be given all the honor and praise . “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband

also, and he praiseth her.” (verse 28) “ Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates” (verse 28). In reality,though that is not the case women live with grave afflictions because of being treated otherwise by men and in some cases by other women. More over it often hard for women to stand up for themselves because of their gentle attribute the would rathe rpersevere through out these hardships and eventually find themselves held captive in unbearable situations. Because she is does not want her kids to leave without a father she will stay in an unhappy abusive relationship Because she is in desperate need for money she will let men use her body as a sex object She will watch as men take her position at work even though she knows she is more than capable to do the same job Because of the absence of a father figure in her life and has never known how it is to be loved by a father she will fall for every tom, dick and harry who says I love… Because she has watched her mother get beaten by her father she will never love a man again. Because of all this and more A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view. But it isIts about time women realize their worth not to gain power over man or to rule the world but to be recognized as equally important being with a crucial in the world today . It’s about time women are given gratitude for their roles as caregivers, mothers and wives. It’s about time

women also know their worth and make a vow not to be treated less than their worth. Its about time we also stand together and empower each other as women not with


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