Mothers' Day (Proverbs 31:10-31)

John Parker, 26th March 2017
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service

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Bible Quote 31:10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

31:11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
31:12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
31:13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
31:14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
31:15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.

31:16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
31:17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
31:18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
31:19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
31:20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

31:21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
31:22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
31:23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
31:24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
31:27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
31:28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
31:29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31:31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
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