TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 31:11
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Proverbs 31:11 reads differently in each translation of the Bible. Many modern translations say that she will enrich his life or that he will have no lack of gain.
The King James Version says it a little differently: he will have no need of spoil. This is rather unfamiliar to today’s language, so let me explain: in Old Testament times it was common to bring back money or other valuables that were looted during a battle. This was called “spoil” and was meant to compensate the family for the loss of income while the husband and father was away. The proverbs 31 husband had no need for the spoil, as his wife was competently keeping the home fires burning.
Three thousand years ago, it was not unknown for husbands to lock up the family assets if they went to war, to protect them from their wives. In contrast, the Proverbs 31 woman had the trust of her husband. He knew that if he was suddenly called away he could leave her without the fear that she would drive him to bankruptcy. He was free from the worry of what she would do in his absence.
Her husband was able to take his place in the city council and know that she was handling their household affairs competently. He confidently let her take over teaching the children and running the household so that he could concentrate on doing his job.
In his political position, he needed the kind of wife who could conduct herself with dignity and discretion. She could be counted on never to be an embarrassment to him. She was virtuous to the point where he had no jealousy, fear, suspicion, or anxiety.
The Proverbs 31 woman spent her life helping her husband to be everything God wanted him to be. She provided freedom from the things that tied him down.
Can the same be said about you? Let that be your goal.