Worth Far More than Rubies: A Wife of Noble Character part 1
“A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.”
Proverbs chapter 31 verses 10 and 11
If we continue the global descent into Newspeak, there will be no such things as wives any more. So before the role of the wife slips into anachronism, I thought I’d bring her out for an airing. And when “Partner 1” comes along, they can hopefully pick up where the wife of noble character left off.
The first thing about the noble wife is that she seems to be a rare find. We start with a rhetorical question, the writer wondering who can do so well as to find such a paragon. We are in the realms of idealism here, but its nice to know that the noble wife exists conceptually, even if she is a rarity in reality.
She is worth more than rubies, and I should hope so too. I take the point that she is not a possession here, she is cherished and in fact priceless. This idea is echoed in the next couple of lines. It is “confidence” in her that the husband has – he can completely trust her – and so much else about the marriage will follow from that.
Because he can trust his wife he “lacks nothing of value”. One could take this to be such things as material wealth like the rubies of the opening, but I think that already the writer has established that true value is not in material things – although much of the rest of the description is about generating income – but this generating income and management of a household is based on this core relationship of trust between husband and wife.
More to follow.