“She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” vs12
This virtuous woman is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She represents believers united together in His cause. She is spotless, unblemished in His sight, and purchased by blood. She’s been given a new life that brings Him glory in godliness.
Let’s examine her attributes:
1 She works with her hands (vs13). “She seeks wool and flax and works willingly with her hands.” The Church, the believer, and the godly wife are not lazy. We are saved by grace apart from works, so that we can work and please God. When Paul was called, it was not only to forgiveness but also to service. “For you will be a witness for Him to all people of what you have seen and heard (Acts 22:15).” Every believer is gifted and given something to do. Every believer has the Holy Spirit, power from God, and promises that He will enable.
2 She is hard working because she’s engaged in the greatest task, which is the spread of the gospel (vs15). “She rises while it is still night & provides food for her household & tasks for her female servants.” She is not lazy, but excited to labor. Paul says, “I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me (Col 1:29).” This is the Spirit giving us strength that we don’t have, so that we mount up with eagles wings, laboring abundantly because grace is with us (1 Cor 15:10). We have not been left to human strength in the face of Satan, but there’s Another Miraculous Power that comes to us for Christ’s sake (John 16:7).
Do not fear that you can’t do what God says, because He will enable, as He enabled Paul. Grace focused upon will produce grace lived out.
3 She loves sinners. “Her hands reach out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy (vs20).” She is compassionate and not condemning, preaching Christ and Him crucified to all. She goes to prisons, to the streets, and she meets sinners where they are, ministering Christ to their need. She doesn’t wait on people to deserve it, but she goes with grace on her lips to make ready a people. Her love is not stingy but generous, and being given so much freely, she gives freely unto others (Matt 10:8). Hers is not an attitude of self-righteousness but of sinner-helpfulness. She sees the lost as an opportunity, more than a burden.
4 She’s fearless (vs21). “She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.” She knows what she has in Christ, even the exceedingly great and precious promises (2 Pet 2:4). When confronted by death, torture, or the numerous things that may harm us, she has a word from Christ, and she takes it. “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me (2 Cor 12:9).” She glories in God in difficulties, knowing that His faithfulness is sure, and His power is there for the fainting. This confidence, courage, and boldness are bought by blood, given by the Spirit, and apprehended by faith.
5 She’s decked out in the righteousness of Christ and good works (vs22)! “She makes her own bed coverings; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.” She has not been left barren, but she’s fruitful in His righteousness, perfected by His Spirit, and able to stand before all of God’s holiness in the Perfect Person who sacrificed Himself for her. Righteousness imputed gives her boldness and a heavenly glow; righteousness imparted is made visible as the result.
6 Her husband is known (vs23). “Her husband is known in the city gates, where he sits among the elders of the land.” He is the King of kings, honored by her, and loved by her: He is esteemed in greatness for redeeming His Bride. His love and His work are gloriously displayed in the church’s guaranteed entrance into heaven. He is with her in the battle, and fully glorious, by redeeming this sinful harlot and making her a Bride of infinite value (Hosea 3:3).
7 She has confidence in the future because she believes God (vs25). “Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come.” She doesn’t walk in fear of tomorrow but with the God of tomorrow, today. She is not worried because she has the promises and knows surely that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:1). She’s not depending on herself, but she sees God faithful to keep her inheritance undiminished! He says, “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you (1 Pet 1:3-4).”
8 She’s busy about the gospel (vs27). “She watches over the activities of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” She prays, exhorts, teaches, and lives her life for one purpose: to know Christ and make Him known (1 Cor 2:2). She’s not caught up in the cares of this world, slothfully serving self while the kingdom languishes. She is fully involved, finding her greatest pleasure in the work Christ gave us. She goes into all the world with the gospel, sending evangelists and saints, for the EXPRESSED PURPOSE of exalting Christ. No sacrifice is too great, and she labors collectively to do what can never be accomplished individually. She is hard working and willing, because grace is her constant motivation.
9 Christ praises the bride (vs28)! “Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her.” He sees her beauty, usefulness, and dependence on Him. He wrote the Song of Solomon to display His love, wherein He never rebukes her. He may take away His presence, but He has no condemnation for her and perpetual grace every time she turns to Him. He knows her faults have been cast behind His back into oblivion. He says, “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins (Isa 43:25).” Now, He sees her as someone to be helped, instead of damned, and pitied, instead of forsaken (Ps 103:10). Grace has made her loved, and God looks upon her with favor in Jesus Christ.
10 She fears God (vs30). “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.” This is her greatest attribute, which is the root of her fruitfulness, as she’s taught her need of Christ and clings to Him (Prov 1:7). This honors the Father and the Son, makes Christ mandatory, and it brings us to His inheritance. Having no place else to go, she finds the words of eternal life in Him, full approval, and full favor (John 6:68).
She is rewarded for doing the most reasonable thing in the world, which is reverencing God our Savior, whereby her inner beauty is known. Solomon says, “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: Fear God and keep His commands, because this is man’s all (Eccl 12:13).” She’s not about herself but Christ, and she’s not interested in any commendation that doesn’t come from honoring Him.