FOR THE WIFE
said, "he that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing", (Proverbs
18:22). This statement by the wise man of old, is very true. Many times we fail
to realize the great value of a good wife. Consider for a moment the monetary
value of a good wife. Here is a carefully worked out chart as to what it would
cost the average husband if he had to hire the work done which his wife
accomplishes each week:
I. MONETARY VALUE OF A
WIFE (in 1986)
Task Hours per Wk Hourly Rate $ Value
Cook 11.9 2.25 $26.78
Dishwasher 5.9 1.85 10.92
44.0 2.40 105.60
Buyer 4.0 3.75 15.00
Dietitian 2.2 3.50
Garbage Removal 1.2 2.50
Practical Nurse 3.0
Social Secretary 3.0
2.0 2.50 5.00
Maintenance 3.0 2.50 7.50
Hostess 3.5 2.60 9.10
Chauffer 1.5 2.60 3.90
HERE ARE MORE UNBIASED STATISTICS.
IN THE COURSE OF AN AVERAGE MARRIED
LIFE, A WIFE SPENDS HER TIME AS FOLLOWS:
Food preparation 13,600
Care of House 13,500
Shopping for Family 4,500
Washing and Ironing, etc
Care of Family
addition to this, Mrs.
Wife walks 300 miles around the house, washes 25,200 dishes a year and still
has time to look her lovely and dainty best when you come home.
Solomon was right. Even by minimum standards a good wife is well worth her full
weight in 24-carat gold.
me be perfectly honest with you. Happiness in the home is a big job. One
of the biggest you will ever tackle. But it is one that will payoff handsomely.
You will be healthier, more mentally alert, more able to meet business
problems, more efficient in the performance of your duties as you go and come
from a house that is happiness personified.
the key to home happiness is a loving and contented wife. This is God's plan.
She is God's invention. There is no substitute. No one can take her place in
are many women in the world. But only one of these must be chosen as your life
long mate. Thus, we must take time and care in making our choice. Let us notice
7 women described by Solomon.
II. SOLOMON'S WORDS
CONCERNING SEVEN WOMEN IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS
1. A CONTENTIOUS WOMAN
a. (Heb. midyanim, contentious, strife) is life rain's "continual
dropping" (tarad-to drive away, thrust on). Such strife with a woman is like "driving away
drops"---constantly driving one back with a thrust (force) ADD Proverbs
21:19 (angrykaas -- sadness) and you have an upset, striving, despondent woman
whose general atmosphere would wear down any man.
THE INDISCRETE WOMAN (Proverbs 11:22)
a. Here is presented a fair (yapheh-beautiful)
without (sure to turn aside) discretion (taam-taste, sense, discretion). A
beautiful woman who turns aside from good taste and exercises not sense is like
jewelry in a hog's nose! What a waste and how out of place!
THE ADULTEROUS WOMAN:
a. Solomon gives far more coverage to this area
to any other. A study of what he gives makes it evident why this is true. In an
age of exploited sex, the general warning and inspired advice makes this most
practical for youth and adults. Note the various words related to this general
(1) Adulterous (naaph-to commit adultery Proverbs
(2) Adulteress (eseth ish-wife of man Proverbs 6:26).
(3) Whorish (zanah-to commit fornication, Proverbs
(4) Evil (ra-bad proverbs 6:24)
Strange (nokri-a stranger, foreigner, Proverbs
2:16; 5:20; 6:24; 7:5; 20:16; 23:27; 27:13; zar-alien 2:16; 5:3,20; 7:5; 22:14;
(6) Results of one's relationship with this type
woman should warn a man (young or old) to remove himself far from her.
(Proverbs 2:16-19; 5:3-11; 7:5-27; 22:14; 23:27 ff).
A GRACIOUS (chen-grace, favor) WOMAN (Proverbs 11:16)
hold up) honour-kabod-weight,
b. She holds up those important, big, valuable traits
and characteristics that give life a lasting richness. Note Proverbs 31:25
(hadar-honour, beauty, majesty).
A WISE WOMAN (Proverbs 14:1)
a. (Chakam-to become wise, act wisely) buildeth
(banah-to build up) her house (bayith-household). She is an edifying influence
to her family.
A PRUDENT WOMAN (Proverbs 19:14)
a. (Wife-sekal-to cause to act wisely,
from the Lord. An understanding wise acting wife is as heaven intended a wife
A VIRTUOUS WOMAN (Proverbs 12:4; 31:10,29)
a. Her price is far above rubies. Her
strength in the home enrich it more than jewels and gems could ever do Proverbs
31:10-31. Her value is so far above anything one might possess that Solomon
puts her out of the realm of comparison.
b. It is interesting that it is this category
womanhood that receives the second largest amount of space or attention from
Solomon. This woman properly serving in the role for which God originally
prepared or created her (Genesis 2:18, 21-24).
wife of our choice is deserving of our respect and honour. May God help you as
you choose yours. And may God help you to be the wife God would have you be.
Remember - "your price is far above rubies or gold".
1. He that ____________
, findeth a ____________ thing.
Many ____________ we fail to
____________ the great ________ a ________ wife ________.
you were to hire someone to do the work for a week that the wife did, how much
would it cost
4. How many hours are spent in food
preparation during an average marriage? ____________
5. How many hours are spent in washing
the dishes during an average marriage? __________
6. How many hours are spent in caring
for the family? ____________
On an average, how many miles does
the housewife walk a year? ____________
8. How many dishes does she wash in a
9. Is happiness in
the home a big job?
______ Yes ________ No
10. The ________ to home
__________ is a __________ and ____________ wife.
11. Will a happy home
life help you in your vocation? ________ Yes ________ No
12. How many women can we
choose as our life mate? ________
13. List the seven (7)
types of women Solomon lists in the book of Proverbs:
14. List the type or
types that you would like to spend the rest of your life with.
15. Does a good wife
deserve respect and honour? ________ Yes ________ No
16. A good woman's price
is far above ____________ or ____________.