Proverbs 14:1 Devotional: “Every wise woman buildeth her house…” (Part 3)

“How does a foolish woman pull down her own house? By carelessly, or spitefully, adopting destructive habits that alienate and impoverish her family. She commits adultery with another man — or woman. She spends money the family does not have, or invests the family fortune foolishly in what she does not understand. She mocks, undercuts, and derides her man, robbing him of confidence and courage. She demands her own way, even with tears and threats, until she gets what she wants. She whispers to her children that she, not their father, really loves them, while she subtly, or not so subtly, undercuts his authority.”

– DR. BILL EDGAR

Proverbs 14:1: “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary: “Every wise, &c.—literally, “The wisdoms” (compare Pr 9:1) “of women,” plural, a distributive form of speech. buildeth … house—increases wealth, which the foolish, by mismanagement, lessen. He speaks of the woman not to exclude the man, of whom this is no less true, but because the women, especially in those times, were very industrious in managing their husbands’ estates; of which see Proverbs 31. Buildeth her house; maintaineth and improveth her family and estate, as this phrase is used, Exodus 1:21 2 Samuel 7:11 Psalm 127:1. Plucketh it down with her hands; either by her idleness and not using her hands, or by her foolish and sinful courses.”

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Ladies, how can we use our husband’s mannerisms to better ourselves? We can use them . . .

1. to develop patience in us (Romans 5:3)
2. to develop a godly attitude and spirit (I Timothy 4:7)
3. to develop a meek and quiet spirit (Colossians 3:12; I Peter 3:4)
4. to keep our tongue (Psalm 34:12-13)
5. to “do all things without murmurings and disputings” (Philippians 2:14)
6. to do all things for God’s glory (I Corinthians 10:31)
7. to garner peace between us and our husbands (Romans 12:18)
8. to have peace within (Philippians 4:7)
9. to strengthen our faith in God (Mark 11:22)
10. to honor him as head of the household (Ephesians 5:33)

As we die to self, we become more like Christ, and instead of having contempt towards our husbands, we learn to appreciate him more.

— Ella Breedlove

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