Who exactly is this Proverbs 31 Woman? What shall we call her? What is her correct title?
Is she (as transliterated in a few versions):
The Excellent Wife
The Virtuous Woman
The Capable Wife
The Wife of Noble Character
The Accomplished Woman
The Woman of Worth
The Competent Wife
OR is she…
The Warrior Woman (Woman of Valor)?
The (Hebrew) Answer: YES. She is THESE THINGS and more…
In Hebrew, she is EISHET CHAYIL.
The Ishah of VIRTUE is the Ishah of VALOR in EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. One cannot be wholly governed by the Set-Apart Ruach [doing VICTORIOUS BATTLE for those she has been ordained to GUARD] and not also be the Ishah of VIRTUE (HOLINESS).
The HOLY WARRIOR does battle in the Ruach of HOLINESS. VIRTUE = VALOR!
LIFE (which Torah brings as you come into AGREEMENT with HIS WORD) cannot be found on the ‘outskirts of holy’.
Eishet Chayil, to be FULLY EQUIPPED for Holy Battle is to be FULLY STRIPPED of worldly vices. To say it another way: to be FULLY EQUIPPED IN HOLINESS is to be FULLY STRIPPED OF THE COMMON.
To be virtuous is to be valiant. To attempt to fight a BATTLE of this magnitude outside of the empowerment of HOLINESS is to leave yourself ill-equipped, to say the least!
Little Known Facts of The Woman of Valor
The phrase virtuous woman/wife found in the original Hebrew as ʻEishet Chayilʼ literally means ʻWoman/wife of Valorʼ.
- A Woman of Valor is a hymn which is customarily recited on Friday evenings after returning from synagogue, singing “Shalom Aleichem”, and before sitting down to the Shabbat evening meal.
- Eishet Chayil is a twenty-two verse poem with which King Solomon concludes the book of Proverbs (Proverbs 31). The poem has an acrostic arrangement in which the verses begin with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in regular order. The poem de- scribes the woman of valor as one who are is energetic, righteous, and capable.
- It has become a Jewish custom for men to sing this hymn at the end of the week over his wife. This is a remembrance and offering of love and gratitude for all his wife has done for him and their family throughout the past week.
- The phrase Eishet Chayil is found only three times in the Tanach:
Ruth 3:11 – And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a woman of valor.
Proverbs 12:4 – A woman of valor is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
Proverbs 31:10 – Who can find a woman of valor? For her price is far above rubies.
RUTH is the only woman recorded and referenced in the Tanach as a Woman of Valor. Ruth was a Moabitess (gentile) who by faith abandoned her gods to follow the One True God of her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth’s active faith in ADONAI served her well as from her lineage would come The Mashiach (The Anointed One, Yeshua).
The word ʻchayilʼ means ʻFORCE, ARMY, STRENGTH, SUBSTANCE and WEALTHʼ. The modern Hebrew word ʻchayalʼ means soldier.
The Eishet Chayil is analogous to TORAH in that She brings SUCCESS both now and in the future. In fact, Rabbinic commentators regard ʻProverbs 31 Womanʼ as either being Wisdom personified, the Torah Itself, the very Shekinah of God, and/or simply what one should look for in a suitable wife!
Ishah, your awareness of HOLINESS will only come through training in The Word and answerability to those governed by The Word.
To be cognizant of HOLY is to be cognizant of ‘common’ (sin). As I reminded my beloved Mereas yesterday:
The MORE YOU BEHOLD (look at) TORAH, the more you see sin. The less you behold Torah, the less you see sin.
Torah (Instruction) = HITTING THE MARK FOR LIFE.
Sin = missing the mark (of Torah); which IS TO MISS LIFE!
“They are to make for Me a MIKDASH (a Set-Apart place in Time and Space מקְדָּשׁ) that I may SHAKAN (dwell) in the middle (of them…)”~ Exodus 25:8
ABUNDANT LIFE does NOT exist on the outskirts of HOLY…only IN THE MIDDLE. The Ruach HaKodesh only dwells in HOLINESS.
HOLY Fruit-Bearing: The one whose life is governed by the Ruach HaKodesh POSSESSES LOVE, JOY & PEACE [and these are then made manifest toward others in PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS and HUMILITY].
What used to scare me now empowers me: The Divine Fire of G-d’s Ruach HaKodesh
I hope that encourages you, Ishah!
YOU, EISHET CHAYIL, ARE BUILT FOR VICTORIOUS BATTLE!
Get and stay equipped.
ABIDE ‘in the middle’…