You've all heard of the "Proverbs 31 Woman?"
Here is a thought-provoking twist on that challenging portion of Scripture from my friend, Mary DeVore.
Who can find an unvirtuous woman? For her price is far below rubies.
The heart of her husband doth not trust in her,
so that he has great need of spoil.
She will do him evil, and not good,
all the days of her life.
She seeks after gold and earthly treasure,
but worketh not with her hands.
She rises up late and drives through the doughnut shop for her household,
and takes a portion to her boss.
She considereth a field and puts it on her credit card;
because of the waste of her hands she can not plant a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with stubbornness and her arms with rebellion.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is not as good as her neighbors;
her TV goeth not off by night.
She never stretcheth her hand to the poor;
yea, she holds back her hand from the needy.
She is afraid of the snow for her household;
for all her household are clothed in thin cotton.
Her husband is not known in the gates;
and he sitteth not among the elders of the land.
She buys fine linen and her clothing is extravagent.
Weakness and disgrace are her clothing;
and she shall weep in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with foolishness,
and in her tongue is the law of gossip.
She does not look well to the ways of her household,
and eats the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up and call her cursed;
her husband also and he reproacheth her.
Many daughters have not done virtuously,
but thou excellest them all.
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
and a woman who feareth not the Lord shall be cursed.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her own works condemn her in the gates.