Proverbs 31:10-31 - Mother's Day

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*Jim & Marie Watt*

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   *2009-05-10 - PROVERBS 31:10-31 (ASV '01) - MOTHER'S DAY*

 *E*sher - CHAyil m*i*y yimTZ*A*?

*A worthy woman who can find?*

ve-r*a*CHOK mip-pe-n*i*yN*I*YM micR*A*H.

*For her price is far above rubies.*

 B*A*tach b*a*h l*e*b ba-aL*A*H,

*11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,*

ve-sh*a*L*A*L l*o* yechS*A*R.

*And he shall have no lack of gain.*

 ge-m*a*LATHhu t*o*b ve-l*o* - R*A*

*12 She does him good and not evil*

c*o*l yeM*E*Y chayYEYah.

*All the days of her life.*

 D*A*Rsh*a*h TZEmer v*u*-mishT*I*YM

*13 She selects wool and flax*

vaTAas beCH*E*petz capPEY*a*h.

*And works eagerly with her hands.*

 H*A*ye-th*a*h c*a*-aN*I*Yy*o*th s*o*CH*E*R;

*14 She is like the merchant-ships;*

mim-merCH*A*K t*a*B*I*Y la-cheM*A*H.

*She brings her bread from afar.*

 vaT*A*k*a*m be*O*D LAYl*a*h,

*15 She rises also while it is yet night,*

vat-tiT*E*N TErep le-b*e*yTH*A*H,

*And gives food to her household,*

veCHOK le-na-a-roTHEYah.

*And their task to her maidens.*

 z*a*-meM*A*H S*A*reh, vat-tik-k*a*CH*E*h*u*;

*16 She considers a field, and buys it;*

mip-peR*I*Y capPEY*a*h N*A*te-*a* C*A*rem.

*With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.*

 CH*A*ge-r*a*h be*O*Z m*a*-theNEY*a*h

*17 She girds her loins with strength*

vat-te-amM*E*TZ ze-ro-*o*THEY*a*h.

*And makes strong her arms.*

 T*A*a-m*a*h c*i*y - t*o*b sachR*A*H;

*18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable;*

L*O* - yicBEH baLAYl*a* n*e*R*A*H.

*Her lamp goes not out by night.*

 Y*A*dey-*a*h shil-leCH*A*H bac-c*i*ySH*O*R,

*19 She lays her hands to the distaff,*

ve-capPEY*a*h T*A*Mc*u* P*A*lec.

*And her hands hold the spindle.*

 CAPp*a*h p*a*rS*A*H le-*a*N*I*Y;

*20 She stretches out her hand to the poor;*

ve-y*a*DEY*a*h shil-leCH*A*H L*A*ebY*O*N.

*Yes, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.*

 l*o* - th*i*yR*A* le-b*e*yTH*A*H miSH*A*leg;

*21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household;*

c*i*y c*a*l - b*e*yTH*A*H l*a*BUSH sh*a*N*I*YM.

*For all her household are clothed with scarlet.*

 mar-baD*I*YM *A*se-th*a*h - L*A*H;

*22 She makes for herself carpets of tapestry;*

sh*e*sh ve-ar-g*a*M*A*N le-b*u*SH*A*H.

*Her clothing is fine linen and purple.*

 n*o*D*A* bash-she-*a*R*I*YM ba-aL*A*H,

*23 Her husband is known in the gates,*

be-shibT*O* im - zikN*E*Y *A*retz.

*When he sits among the elders of the land.*

 saD*I*YN *A*sa-th*a*h vat-timCOR,

*24 She makes linen garments and sells them,*

va-chaG*O*R n*a*-theN*A*H lacCE-na-aN*I*Y.

*And delivers girdles unto the merchant.*

 *o*z - ve-h*a*D*A*R le-b*u*SH*A*H;

*25 Strength and dignity are her clothing;*

vat-tishCHAK leY*O*M a-chaR*O*N.

*And she laughs at the time to come.*

 P*I*Y*a*h p*a*thCH*A*H be-ch*a*-ceM*A*H;

*26 She opens her mouth with wisdom;*

veTH*O*rath - CHEsed al - le-sh*o*N*A*H.

*And the law of kindness is in her tongue.*

 TZ*O*p*i*y-yah ha-l*i*yC*O*TH b*e*TH*A*H,

*27 She looks well to the ways of her household,*

veL*A*chem atzL*U*TH l*o* th*o*CH*E*L.

*And eats not the bread of idleness.*

 K*A*M*u* B*A*ney-*a*h VAye-ash-sheR*U*-*a*h;

*28** Her children rise up, and call her blessed;*

ba-aL*A*H, VAY-HAleL*A*H,

*Her husband **also**, and he praises her, **saying**:*

 raB*O*TH B*A*n*o*th *A*s*u* CH*A*Yil,

*29** Many daughters have done worthily,*

veAT *a*L*I*YTH al - culL*A*n*a*h.

*But you excel them all.*

 SHEker HAch*e*n veHEbel hayY*O*p*i*y;

*30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain;*

ishSH*A*H yir-ath - Ye-h*o*V*A*H, h*i* thith-halL*A*H.

*But a woman that fears Jehovah, she shall be praised.*

 te-n*u* - L*A*H mip-peR*I*Y y*a*DEY*a*h;

*31 Give her of the fruit of her hands;*

V*I*Yha-leL*U*-*a*h bash-she-*a*R*I*YM ma-aSHEY*a*h.

*And let her works praise her in the gates.*

 *NOTES**: *The following remarks are by the widow of Peter Marshall -
Catherine Marshall, in her book “To Live Again.” Here we obtain a glimpse of
her role as a wife and widow, and Peter's high picture of “Woman,” which of
course accords with wife and mother. It does agree with Solomon and Proverbs
24:10-31, doesn't it?

 Just months after the death of Peter at 46 years of age in 1949, Catherine
edited 12 of Peter's Sermons in a book entitled “Mr. Jones, Meet the
Master.” It is this book she is autographing, and it is from this book that
she quotes an excerpt from his sermon “*Keepers of the Springs.” *

 “It is a rare party, I found, which the average bookseller can handle in
orderly fashion. Americans do not like lines; I can't say that I blame them.
They would rather crowd around, poking books in all directions, first come,
first served. The autographer - sunk down in the middle of the melee,
feeling like a target for bow and arrow practice, gasping for a breath of
fresh air, her right arm aching, the flowers on her left shoulder tickling
her nose, the corsage pin scratching her shoulder - sits there, writing
furiously, her signature getting more and more illegible, wondering if the
smile on her face looks as mechanical is it began to feel a full hour ago.
She meanwhile has one eye on the bookstore clock and the other on the
still-unsigned piles of books which must be autographed before an escape can
be made back to the hotel room.

 “It should not have surprised me that I was finding details of my new life
- such as sleepless nights on jerking trains or bumpy plane rides - a hurdle
and a challenge. The truth was I couldn't even read a plane or train
schedule. During twelve years of marriage, all training and motivation has
been in quite the opposite direction. During these years I had stayed in the
background - a behind-the-scenes wife. So definitely was this true that
there were those in my husband's congregation who did not know whether or
not the minister was married, or at best, had never seen me.

 This was quite in keeping with Peter's ideas and ideals on the subject of
marriage. He took a dim view of feminism. But he was able to articulate this
in a way that had attracted rather than repelled most of the feminine sex
who heard him. His credo of marriage was spelled out - indeed, spread all
over the landscape - in his sermon *“Keepers of the Springs.” *Yet during
all his years in the ministry, this had been by far the most popular sermon
he had ever preached.

 *The emancipation of womanhood began with Christianity*

*and it ends with Christianity . . . .*

 *When women in this country achieved equality with men,*

*it was accomplished only by stepping down from the pedestal*

*on which Christianity, chivalry, and idealism had placed her. . . .*

 *So she copied the vices of men - in the name of progress!*

*But it is not progress to go in a downward direction.*

*It is not progress to lower moral standards and to lose ideals!*

*No woman every became lovelier by losing her essential femininity.*

 *There is no substitute for goodness . . .*

*nothing can take the place of purity.*

*To be sweet is far better than to be sophisticated.*

*America needs young women who will build true homes,*

*whether they live in two rooms - or ten . . .*

*whether starched white organdy curtains *

*hang at the windows - or silk damask.*

 *We need homes where harassed husbands may find peace*


*refreshment of body and soul . . .*

*where children may find the warmth of love . . .*

*where friends may find hospitality*


*and joy.*

 *Only out of such homes will go men with strength and courage*

*to help the United States build a new and a better world.*

*To make such homes is therefore,*

*any woman's supreme contribution to her country*

*and to her generation. . . .*

 “There might well have been some conflict between Peter and me over his
strong views on the role of women in marriage had I not discovered early in
our life together that putting these ideas into practice brought me joy and
satisfaction at a deep level. Such nonfeminist ideas meant that I was
single-eyed in the marriage relationship. I was not a divided personality.
All the talents I possessed, all energy, all creativeness, were poured into
the marriage partnership, and no effort was made to channel any part of it
in any other directions.

 “For any minister - who must preach twice or three times every Sunday and
often prepare several weekday talks - a steady stream of new ideas is the
breath of life. Therefore, I handed over to Peter any ideas that came to me
or that I stumbled across in reading that might be sermon material, as well
as any thoughts I might have on the ever-present church organizational or
personnel problems.

 “Nor was any of this a hardship or a sacrifice. I felt in need of neither
credit nor approbation for It. For I was discovering for myself during those
years the profound truth of that ancient and inexorable law that *“he that
loses his life . . . shall find it.” *

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