Virgie & Proverbs 31

Bill Henness


I think I have a really exceptionally good wife. In this article I will quote verse at a time with a commentary relating my wife with these verses. It is the Proverb that talks about a virtuous woman. (Proverbs 31:10-31)

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." (v. 10)
In all the 56 years of our marriage I have never once doubted her faithfulness to me and have never had any reason to.

"The heart of her husband does safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil." (v.11)
As I've said, she has never given me any reason to distrust her in any way.

"She will do him good, and not evil, all the days of her life." (v. 12)
Virgie has worked with me on occasion. She has saved coupons for getting a discount on items. She has saved money out of our income for all debts that we will own in the whole year. She as worked and added some of her income to our joint income. She has cold packed food for winter and planted a garden and harvested it for many years now. She has always paid our debts on time and never run us into poverty or bankrupts.

"She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands." (v. 13)
She has made many of her own dresses, skirts, blouses, and clothes in general. She has altered my pants for 56 years. She has ironed clothes, washed them over a washboard until she had a washing machine. She has washed all our dishes for 55 years until she had an automatic dishwasher. She stayed home with our three kids until they were well up in school, then she got a job to help me pay our bills. She never kept any of her money she worked for for herself but funneled it into the family needs.

"She is like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar." (v. 14)
She has always gone to the store and bought our food and we have never been without. She checked different stores and went where she could buy food at the best prices.

"She rises also while it is yet night, and gives food to her household, and a portion to her maidens." (v. 15)
My wife has always risen at an early time, usually at 5:45 A.M. and cooked breakfast for her family and also for whoever was spending the night with us. She never has lain in bed to avoid that job.

"She considers a field, and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard." (v. 16)
My wife bought our first house with an insurance check she received for the government. She also bought the house full of furniture for it. My wife has planted a garden, mostly by herself in all the years of our marriage.

"She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms." (v. 17)
My wife started walking for her health and strength. She got into jogging also and jogged up to 5 miles once. She has always been very active physically and has never allowed herself to become obese. When she did gain some weight she would go on a diet and lose it.

"She perceives that her merchandise is good; her lamp goes not out by night." (v. 18)
When she buys fruit or vegetables she checks it for ripeness. She usually works in the evenings up until about 9:00 P.M.

"She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff." (v. 19)
My wife sows clothes, repairs our clothes, makes new clothes, sows missing buttons on again. She used to patch my clothes so my nakedness did not show. She has crocheted and knitted many things in the 56 years of our marriage.

"She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy." (v. 20)
My wife has given money to her church, given money to needy relations and cooked a meal for a poor hitchhiker on several occasions. She has saved money so when a needy relation has a need she can loan them what they need and she charges no interest on the loan.

"She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes fine linen, and sells it, and delivers girdles unto the merchant. (vs. 21-24)
She has walked up town which was over a half mile one way in the winter snow for grocers. She has made things for family members. She clothed all of us well in the winter time. Her husband has never sat among the elders of the land but he has been a church deacon for over 25 years. When I was preaching and traveling she always went with me.

"Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come." (v. 25)
All her married life she has not lied, deceived or committed any crime. She was a regular church attended for most of her adult life. Now that she is retired she is still cooking and doing for others on a regular basis. Everyone has good to speak of Virgie Henness. No one can truthfully speak evil of her in any way.

"She opens her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness." (v. 26)
Virgie has the best common sense of anyone I know or have known. When I want to know something that requires common sense, I ask my wife and always receive a good answer. She has never bad mouthed anyone. Sometimes she speaks the truth of someone and it may not be good but that is that person's fault, not my wife's.

"She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness." (v. 27)
As I have previously said, she has always took good care of our household in every way and she definitely is not lazy. She demonstrates her lack of laziness every single day of her life, as all can attest to who know her. Only in her old age does she sometimes sit in a recliner in the late evening and rest from her working all day.

"Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all." (vs. 28,29)
All our children and grandchildren highly respect Virgie and praise her. Me too. In my 76 years I truthfully have never know a lady who is as good as my wife.

"Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates." (vs. 30,31)
When Virgie was a young woman she was very beautiful and full of grace. Even in her old age now she is a nice looking lady and anyone who knows her can say nothing against her. What more can I say than the truth?



Brian Worley     September 13, 2009     All rights reserved!


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