Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:30 ESV

As the list of the qualities of an excellent wife comes to a close, note the core values expressed in this verse. Charm and beauty are revered qualities in our culture, but here, the writer describes them as deceitful and vain. That can seem harsh, but the writer wants us to understand the transitive and external nature of these qualities.

In contrast, the more valuable quality is the woman’s heart for the Lord. This is a fitting closing to the book of Proverbs, a book that intends to shape our hearts toward the eternal over the temporal.

What are the qualities that draw you to another person?

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