I think you all know I love Matthew Henry (ok, both Matthew Henrys:-) so I was so happy to be given his book of daily readings by friends. It's set up as a devotional with a page for every day with his thoughts on a verse, or verses.....and is also a very pretty little leather bound book. I know I'll enjoy reading through it - thanks Travis and Annie! Below I shared one part I read the other evening.
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."
virtuous woman is a woman of spirit, who has the command of her own spirit and knows how to mange her affairs, one that is pious and industrious, and a help meet for a man. In opposition to this strength we read of the weakness of the heart of an imperious whorish woman (Ezekiel 16:30). A virtuous woman is woman of resolution, who having espoused good principles, is firm and steady to them, and will not be frightened with winds and clouds from any part of her duty. The difficulty of meeting with such a one: "Who can find her?" This intimates that good women are very scarce, and many that seem to be so do not prove so; he that thought he had found a virtuous woman was deceived; "Behold it was Leah," and not the Rachel he expected. But he that designs to marry ought to seek diligently for such a one, to have this principally in his eye, in all his enquiries, and to take heed that he not be biased by beauty or elegance, wealth or parentage, dressing well...for all these may be and yet the woman not be virtuous, and there is many a woman truly virtuous who yet is not recommended by these advantages. The unspeakable worth of such a one, and the value which he that has such a wife ought to put upon her, showing it by his thankfulness to God, and his kindness and respect to her, whom he must never think he can do too much for. Her price is far above rubies and all the rich ornaments which women adorn themselves. The more rare such good wives are, the more they are to be valued.
Soli Deo Gloria