Give her of the fruit of her hands: and let her own works praise her in the gates.
WOW! this last verse here….
Her own works, the fruit of her personal labors, will bring praise to her life!
Shall we recap the things this lady has accomplished?
First, her husband’s heart RESTS in her. She gives him no need to seek spoil. She does him good-on purpose! She works willingly, acquires food for their nourishment. She works in the night and rises early, during different seasons and needs in their life. She strengthens herself and is a businesswoman. She has learned different arts and trades to help her family and is hospitable. She strives to look neat and attractive while also reaching out to help those around her. Her husband has earned respect in the community because of her and she is called blessed!
BUT as all this sounds so overwhelming, let us remember that this was the ENTIRETY of her life, not a single day. She worked and learned how to be good and useful… and at the end of her life, these virtues were accomplished.
Let us continue to fear the Lord and strive for goodness in our everyday, no matter our season of life.