She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. Pro. 31:16
This woman is self-employed. She makes her own business decisions, and she must have some kind of training or knowledge about fields in order to know when a field is worth purchasing. I feel safe in making that assumption because she considers it. She makes a well-informed decision. In fact, the phrase she considers is a verb, which means action. In the Hebrew, it has a few different meanings, but they all fit. to have a thought, devise, plan, consider, purpose There needs to be a plan before you can buy a field, you can’t just pick them up at the market.
Then she sold it (in order to have profits) and re-invested the money into her business. She planted a vineyard. She had to have already owned the vineyard, if she was willing to invest money in it. She could have been the first flip-per. Only with fields, not houses. okay, that was kind of lame. 🙂
There is no mention of her discussing these issues with her husband, or asking permission, or even telling him about it. In many places, the Proverbs 31 woman has gotten a bad rep. For some reason, we tend to think she was a doormat, or a slave to her husband. That she worked her fingers to the bone, day after day. That she lived a life that was worse than death. I haven’t found that to be the case at all.
- She is a business owner and has a good reputation in her community (we’ll find that out later)
- She has servants, and handmaidens.
- She does put in long hours, it appears, but who doesn’t? It seems to me, that some of those things she was doing late at night, were things she wanted to do. Knitting, weaving, sewing etc.
- Her husband was happy with her, for his heart dwelt safely with her, so she was probably happy in her marriage.
So, where is the problem in trying to be like her? We don’t need to be Proverbs 31 Stepford Wives. We all have our own personality and talents and interests. She seems to be a very peaceful and happy woman.
You know, we have servants too. Only ours need to be plugged into the wall. The dishwasher, the vacuum cleaner, the washer/dryer, etc. Take good care of your servants, and they will take good care of you.