Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hymn to a Good Wife

10A good woman is hard to find,and worth far more than diamonds.

11Her husband trusts her without reserve,and never has reason to regret it.

12Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.

13She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,and enjoys knitting and sewing.

14She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises.

15She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her

16She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a

17First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager
to get started.

18She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.

19She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,diligent in homemaking.

20She's quick to assist anyone in need,reaches out to help the poor.

21She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;their winter clothes are all
mended and ready to wear.

22She makes her own clothing,and dresses in colorful linens and silks.

23Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers.

24She designs gowns and sells them,brings the sweaters she knits to the dress

25Her clothes are well-made and elegant,and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.

26When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.

27She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,and keeps them all busy and productive.

28Her children respect and bless her;her husband joins in with words of praise:

29"Many women have done wonderful things,but you've outclassed them all!"

30Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-GOD.

31Give her everything she deserves!Festoon her life with praises!

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