Clothed in Crimson

Excerpts from Proverbs 31:

A capable wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels…
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands…
She girds herself with strength,
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor,
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid for her household when it snows,
for all her household are clothed in crimson.
She makes herself coverings;
her clothing is fine linen and purple…
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Now, I’m the first to admit that the picture of ideal womanhood detailed here is… problematic in many ways. The notion that this is the only option for successful womanhood being chief among them. But there are bits to it that I would choose for myself. If, at the end of my life, those who knew me best said of me “the teaching of kindness is on her tongue”, I’d figure that was a life well-lived.

And the idea of using my time and skill, the work of my hands, to clothe myself and the ones I love is attractive to me. Although they rarely choose “crimson”.

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One Response

  1. replying, cause I want parts of this on a t-shirt – I LOVE the fact that it talks about producing fibre in this passage – it gives me joy! Thanks for meditating on it – it really works for me.

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