We embarked on a journey to write one devotional day on Proverbs – one chapter of Proverbs a day. Today I am writing our last one, at least for now. We have arrived a the last chapter of the book of Proverbs, chapter 31.
This verse is pretty well known, especially by women. While many assume, because it’s in Proverbs, that Solomon wrote this beautiful chapter, it was written by King Lemuel. Actually, it wasn’t something that came from him. He simply shared what his mother had taught him.
Like every other woman, I do aspire to be the Proverbs 31 woman. When reading this chapter I literally highlighted the whole chapter because I wanted to work on everything that was being shared, but to truly get out of this devotional what I desire, I needed to only pick one scripture. Surprisingly it wasn’t difficult to pick it out, well, I picked 2, but they are together.
When you read through Proverbs 31 I’d love to hear the scripture that you picked out, so don’t be shy, share the proverb with us in the comments.
Today I’m going to share the verse in TPT, NLT, ESV, and AMPC.
Bold power and glorious majesty are wrapped around her as she laughs with joy over the latter days. Her teachings are filled with wisdom and kindness as loving instruction pours from her lips.Proverbs 31:25-26 (TPT)
She is clothes with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.NLT
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongueESV
Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]! She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tong is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].AMPC
The NASB version is usually my go to version, but with this verb I noticed something. NASB uses the word smile where most verses have the word laugh. AMPC uses the word rejoice, which is more intense than smile. When I looked up the original Hebrew word there, it is the word sahaq which means to laugh, be amused, to celebrate, rejoice, or frolic. All these words, to me, are stronger expressions than the word smile. I’m not sure why they chose to go with the word smile, but I’m glad that I have multiple translations at my disposal to look into things like this and have the opportunity to grasp the fullness of what God is trying to say.
I end this Proverbs devotional with proverbs that accurately articulate who I want to be.
I want to be clothed in Christ, with strength and dignity. I desire to be filled with the joy only Christ can give, where I laugh as I think of the future because I know that my life is in Him. My life’s mission is to offer wise teaching and counsel with love and kindness to allow everyone to experience the magnificent abundant life that Jesus offers, filled with love, joy and peace.
This is something I will work on, not only today, but every day of my life.
So, my friends, while I am not done writing, my blog continues, and devotionals are not tied to a book during a specific time period, this journey through Proverbs in this way is now complete.
This started as a writing assignment, but it wound up being critical to walking through a really rough season in my life, which is why it took me longer than one month. I’m glad it took almost 2 months because having Proverbs constantly and consistently at the forefront allowed me to be reminded to have Divine Wisdom, especially when times got really tough. This is not to say that I won’t have Godly Wisdom going forward, but the whole point was to allow the scripture(s) of the day to become a part of who I am, not just something I do. Another reason why taking it slow was a good thing.
Let me end this devotional series with a prayer.
Holy Spirit, You beautifully walked me through Proverbs in such a magnificent and mind-blowing way. I still don’t know how you are able to take something that is pre-set in my schedule and use it to communicate such timely advise, direction, and wisdom so that I can make the best decision, but I’m thankful that You are sovereign, know my heart, and speak to me so clearly.
I pray for every reader. Those who have been reading along every devotional and those who may have just popped in here and there. I thank you for their lives. I thank you for the incredible love you have for them. May Your love flow through their entire being and wash away everything that may keep them away from understanding or receiving Your love – the revelation of Your love.
I pray that the light of revelation may enter their heart and that they may see your heart of love-for them. May we all seek to know You better and to live a life that reflects who You are. Speak to all those who are needing to hear from you. And may Proverbs pop in their minds and hearts when they are in need of Godly advise and wisdom.
In the beautiful name of Jesus. Amen.