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Living Up to Proverbs 31

Sep 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

What do you think of the Proverbs 31 woman? Do you idolize her? Or see her as an ideal that can never be realized?

Lauren Oquist recently suggested that we “Stop Obsessing About the Proverbs 31 Woman:”

I see this phrase violently clinging to many social media bios of young, (typically) single Christians: “I want to be/I am looking for a Proverbs 31 woman.” Every time I read this, something inside me cringes.

To preface things: I believe in the Bible. I love it, I read it and I actively try to do what it says.

Now, in case you need a recap, this hypothetical woman in Proverbs 31 is skillful in a lot of different things. Scratch that—she’s skillful in everything. According to the chapter, she wakes up super early, has great biceps, buys property, wears a lot of purple, cares for her kids, cares for the poor, keeps her home warm at night and doesn’t eat carbs.

It sounds like this woman really has figured out how to have it all.

Maybe you, like me, read this passage and think to yourself well sheesh. Is every woman supposed to try and fit this mold?

What do you think? How do you interpret the Proverbs 31 passage?

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