The Virtuous Woman’s Diligent Care – Proverbs 31:27

Proverbs 31:27 "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."

Looketh well (H6822) – to lean forward, to peer in the distance, behold, espy, look up, wait for, watch. – Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary

Ways (H1976) – a walking; by implication a procession or march, a caravan :- company, going, walk, way. Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary

Household (H1004) – family

Idleness (H6104) – This Hebrew word only appears once in the Bible.

A feminine noun referring to idleness, sluggishness. The description of a wise, worthy woman includes the assertion that she does not let idleness or laziness become a part of her life (Prov. 31:27).

Warren Baker and Eugene Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary – Old Testament, (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), WORDsearch CROSS e-book

This passage describes the industriousness and diligence of the virtuous woman from which we can all learn. Several things we can learn from her are that she is/has:

  1. Family-focused

She is not oblivious to those God has put under her care, her family. She is looking out for their good. She is on guard.

In context, the previous verse says that this Godly woman speaks with wisdom, and that in her tongue is the law of kindness. Therefore, she looks out for the good of her family in love, not begrudgingly. Thus she is relationship oriented over being task oriented in this regard.

  1. Foresight

She plans with the long term in mind. She is not afraid to speak the truth in love to one God has entrusted to her care. She is not afraid to implement the necessary disciplinary measures of the rod and reproof (Prov. 29:15). That is what it means to "look well" to the ways of her household.

  1. Diligent

Laziness is not part of her lifestyle. She redeems the time she has and makes it count for eternity.

  1. Committed

This verse indicates that her care and diligence is ongoing. She does not quit.

Wow! Let’s ask ourselves, "In what ways can I be more like this virtuous woman who exudes the character of God? Am I being my brother’s keeper? Does the way I live show that I am living in light of eternity and that I want others to do the same? Do I use my time wisely, and if not, do I need to make out a schedule for myself? Am I faithful to God or my fleshly desires?" Let’s be faithful to love our God supremely, love each other too, and love those around us. Let’s have the diligent care of this virtuous woman.


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