Proverbs 31:10

“An excellent wife who can find?

    She is far more precious than jewels.”

Proverbs 31:10 ESV

Here, the writer almost offers a challenge: Who can find an excellent wife? Maybe he’s asking a group of young men, who compete to answer, “I can! I can!” And then to clarify, the writer adds, “She’s far more precious than jewels.” It seems that his audience may have thought that jewels are the most precious thing, so it’s important for them to know that an excellent wife is still more precious than jewels.

The message to men is not only to inform us about the value of an excellent wife, but also to shape our thinking about them. Most have some idea how jewels are treated and treasured. That provides a benchmark for how we should treat and treasure an excellent wife.

Men, are you treasuring your wife better than you would a bag of diamonds? “But she’s not an excellent wife,” some may reply. Is that because you have broken her spirit by not treasuring her appropriately?

The easy thing for us to do is blame the other party for not doing their part. In reality, we have control and responsibility only for ourselves. So, even if she isn’t behaving like an excellent wife for reasons other than you, treat her like a treasure anyway.

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