Throughout history artists have sought to depict the glory and beauty of godly womanhood. However, portraying the splendor of a godly mother in one scene on a canvas is as ineffectual as painting Christ himself. The grandeur of it all is impossible to capture.
While the stroke of the paintbrush might fail, the ancient pen of King Lemuel has most certainly captured its sum and substance in the most exquisite form. The Lord, by grace and mercy, had these words secured for us in the Scripture that we might have this depiction of what a mother and woman before us.
With this look into the window of the heavenly home every man has set before him a divine template of what he ought to be seeking in a woman. Every girl has a godly prototype presented for which she should strive. There, in the frame of Proverbs 31 we see her on display; her worth, work and worship particularly expressed.
In order to impress us with the treasure that she is, Lemuel begins by recounting in general her immense worth.
I. Her Worth 
He sates, "An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels."
To be sure, women are as common on earth as sand. Yet few among them are found to be diamonds. In our day, we are awash in an abyss of women who are described in the book of Proverbs in more ingnobale terms. They are dripping faucets that cause their men to run to the edge of their roof to make their preferred habitation one of solitude. Women abound who are able, with the ease of Samson, to tear down their houses. Their fool hearty mouths and unchecked desire for usurpation kick out the home's supporting pillars and the roof caves in with swift and painful consequences.
No doubt, just as there are some stones in the creek bed or the mine that are pleasing to the eye over and above the others, there are many women who possess an outward beauty that exceeds average physical appearances. Yet even these have no real value to the wise and discerning souls. Their lack of wisdom makes them ruinous at best. At worst they are as the temptress who leads one down to the pits of hell.
Rare are the gems of true femininity. To happen upon one possessing a meek and quiet spirit is as grand a feat as Magellan or Columbus.
Think of all the models of womanhood set before us today. The Cosmo girl bears her breasts to everyone at the checkout counter. She offers the tantalizing desire of her body, however she is as a gold ring in a pigs snout. She may be compared to the Barbie doll: Fine in appearance, but squeeze her head and you will find that there is nothing in it.
The feminists set many strong willed, strong bodied women before us as exemplar ladies. However, they lack any such beauty. Their sternness of heart creates an outward sternness that is as cold as the inward person. Moreover, her incipent disrespect for men shames any who would dare be her husband. This eventually becomes a rottenness to his bones that is worse than any stage four cancer.
No woman is as glorious and full of splendor as the noble lady that the Lord exalts. Because she esteems the Lord, she is precious and of immense value. All who are wise will forsake all to possess her and seek to be like her, like a man who has found a pearl of great worth.
Anyone with a keen eye for jewels will note her worth. They will see that she is worth much because of her work.
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