Above Rubies

I was sitting in the library today. I should have been studying American Government and preparing for the test on Monday, but instead I was reading my Bible. It’s one of those cute little orange Gideon Bibles that makes me want to join the Gideons, just so that I can get some more of them.

And don’t think that I’m such a goody-two-shoes that I read the Bible instead of doing my homework; if you must know, I keep four-leaved clovers in there, and I wanted to examine my latest acquisition: a particularly fine five-leaved specimen.

Be that as it may, I started reading Proverbs 31:10-31 (here’s the KJV, because KJV is cool and old-fashioned).

10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

“Cool!” say I, “I want to be just like her! I’m going to go home right now and do some laundry, or darn some socks, or work on my patchwork, or something.”

Then I get home. My mother and sister left yesterday for a month of visiting relatives.

That means that I’m all alone with my brothers and my father.

“But Sofia,” you say, very annoyingly,”You can’t be alone WITH somebody.”

Wanna bet? I’m no good at math, but the following equation should make my position clear:

2(Brother) + Father – Mother = MESS

No wonder the Proverbs 31 woman is above rubies. I bet she’s a Gideon and likes math, too.

Now excuse me; I’ve got to take dishes out of the dishwasher and start dinner.

Some day, I hope to be like the Proverbs 31 woman. As for now, please pray for me in the coming, motherless month. The month in which I will be the only female in my house. The month in which I will be the only one of my household with a sense of sanitation.

I’m going to need all the help I can get.



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