What is a virtuous woman?
As a female follower of Christ, you’re probably familiar with Proverbs 31:10-31 and accustomed to using these verses as the ultimate example of an admirable godly woman. However, many may find “her” hard to live up to. Thankfully, biblically, the “ideal” woman does not mean perfection, but rather, turning to the one who is—Jesus.
“…a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
–Proverbs 31:30 (NLT)
To be a virtuous woman according to the bible is to turn to God and let Him build her character.
One version describes Proverbs 31 as “The Virtuous Wife” (NKJV), while the Tree of Life version uses “A Woman of Valor”. Both allude to celebrating the woman. Translated from the Hebrew (אֵֽשֶׁת-חַיִל - “eishet chayil”) we see that the woman described here is a mighty woman, not unlike the force of an army that displays valor through strength and courage. She is no passive spectator but an active and powerful partner in the life of her family and community.
- She is wise, dependable, and trustworthy.
- She is savvy and scrupulous.
- She is compassionate, faithful, and prayerful.
- She is a loving and hardworking leader, leading by example.
- She is kind and admirable.
- She fosters peace.
- She loves and fears the Lord.
You may look at this list, confidently identifying with one, some, or all of these qualities. Some come more naturally, and others require more effort. Because you’re human, there will be days when you will feel like you’re nowhere near being a Proverbs 31 woman. Thankfully, there is someone who can walk alongside you as you strive to be a woman of valor— Jesus.