I just read a rather convicting article at laines letters and got a new perspective on something I’ve never wondered about, but maybe should have. It’s about this verse.
Pro 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
So why, in the midst of her making tapestries and girdles, does it flash to her husband? Her dedication to her husband was already covered earlier, in verses 11 and 12. Now, right smack dab in the middle of all the description of her work, we’re back to her husband. Why?
Laine’s idea on this is that a wife’s work and care for her household shows respect for her husband, and allows him to be respected by others. This isn’t about his relationship with her–it’s about his place in society!
Well, that one hits me between the eyes. I’ve never been known for my housekeeping. (Well, maybe I have been, but not in a good way, know what I mean? ) Nor am I particularly ambitious or energetic about serving others, gardening, sewing, or any of the other things mentioned in Prov 31. Am I, without even realizing it, proving a hindrance to my husband by my idleness and disorganization? I’m a loving wife. I’m even fairly submissive, I think. But boy oh boy, when it comes to this “looking well to the ways of her household” thing, I have really dropped the ball.
What do you all think? Is this a reasonable conclusion based on this passage?