The Problem with Proverbs 31…Part 1
What is it?
- Proverbs as a whole is advice for a happy and prosperous life, but its intended audience is men.
- “Woman of valor” Advice from a mother to a son on what to look for in a wife (Possibly from King Solomon’s own mother)
- The 10th-31st verses are known as “The woman of valor”. It is advice from a mother to a son on what to look for in a wife.
- It was likely written by Solomon himself and could be advice given to him by his mother Bathsheba
- It was recited in Jewish households by the husband as a praise for his wife
What it has become today?
- It has been elevated above all other scripture as the only example of a worthy wife.
What’s so wrong with that?
- It is advice not a to do list
- It is unattainable – we are not perfect (and we need sleep)
- It is a conceptual woman not a real person
- Limited view of the Bible – Old Testament teaching only (Acts [15:10] tells us that no one is strong enough to carry the load of the old ways)
- It limits women’s ministry and influence by dismissing any other spiritual gifts not exhibited by this woman
- She had servants. Do ya’ll have servants? Cause we don’t.
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