What if Proverbs 31 was written to men?

13 May

My purpose in changing the gender in this passage is not to bring up arguments over the use of gender in scripture (although I feel that it is very important that I might address another day).  My purpose is to discover how our view of the passage would change if it had been written about men.

Here you go…  Are you a MAN of noble character?

Epilogue: The Husband of Noble Character

10 A husband of noble character who can find?
He is worth far more than rubies.
11 His wife has full confidence in him
and lacks nothing of value.
12 He brings her good, not harm,
all the days of his life.
13 He selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 He is like the merchant ships,
bringing his food from afar.
15 He gets up while it is still night;
he provides food for his family
and portions for his servants.
16 He considers a field and buys it;
out of his earnings he plants a vineyard.
17 He sets about his work vigorously;
his arms are strong for his tasks.
18 He sees that his trading is profitable,
and his lamp does not go out at night.
19 In his hand he holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with his fingers.
20 He opens his arms to the poor
and extends his hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, he has no fear for his household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 He makes coverings for his bed;
he is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 His wife is respected within the community,
where she takes her seat among the leaders of the land.
24 He makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 He is clothed with strength and dignity;
he can laugh at the days to come.
26 He speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on his tongue.
27 He watches over the affairs of his household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 His children arise and call him blessed;
his wife also, and she praises him:
29 “Many men do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a man who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor him for all that his hands have done,
and let his works bring him praise within the community.

How does this make you feel after reading? 

How do you think women feel after reading the original Proverbs 31?




One Response to “What if Proverbs 31 was written to men?”

  1. Melinda Taylor May 13, 2014 at 08:02 #

    Dave, I feel that this is appropriate for men as well as women. I am happy to see that times are changing as far as gender is concerned. It used to be that men very seldom helped the women with the physical care of the children and the housework. It makes me feel good when I see men so hands on in the lives of their families.

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