• Proverbs 31 Woman

    Het: She girds

    Proverbs 31:17 (Original Hebrew) חָֽגְרָ֣ה בְעֹ֣וז מָתְנֶ֑יהָ וַ֝תְּאַמֵּ֗ץ זְרֹעֹותֶֽיהָ׃ (Hebrew Transliterated) ḥā-ḡə-rāh ḇə-‘ō-wz mā-ṯə-ne-hā; wat-tə-’am-mêṣ, zə-rō-‘ō-w-ṯe-hā. (King James Version) “She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.” (Berean Study Bible) “She girds herself with strength and shows that her arms are strong. “ Breakdown of the word for “She girds” / ḥā-ḡə-rāh / חָֽגְרָ֣ה Het: Life/Grace/New Beginnings Gimel: Balance/Carrying/Change/Motion Resh: Beginning/Container Hey: At the end of a word, hey makes it feminine/fruitful/productive. Hagerah = She Girds The word Hagerah means to gird, or to put on. As in to put clothes or sackcloth or a sword. It carries the idea of intentionally dressing for a purpose. The breakdown…

  • Proverbs 31 Woman

    Zayin: She Considers

    Proverbs 31:16 (Original Hebrew) זָמְמָ֣ה דֶה וַתִּקָּחֵ֑הוּ מִפְּרִ֥י כַ֝פֶּ֗יהָ [נְטַע כ] (נָ֣טְעָה ק) כָּֽרֶם׃ (Hebrew Transliterated) zā-mə-māh ḏeh wat-tiq-qā-ḥê-hū; mip-pə-rî ḵap-pe-hā, [nə-ṭa‘ ḵ] (nā-ṭə-‘āh q) kā-rem. (King James Version) “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” (Berean Study Bible) “She appraises a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.” Breakdown of the word for “She considers” / zā-mə-māh / זָמְמָ֣ה Zayin: Movement/Struggle/Harmony/Harvest Mem: Water/Wisdom/Coming to completion Mem: Water/Wisdom/Coming to completion Hey: At the end of a word, hey makes it feminine/fruitful/productive. Zamemah = She Considers The imagery behind the letter zayin gives some real weight to…

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    Vav: And She Rises

    Proverbs 31:15 (Original Hebrew) וַתָּ֤קָם ׀ בְּעֹ֬וד לַ֗יְלָה וַתִּתֵּ֣ן טֶ֣רֶף לְבֵיתָ֑הּ וְ֝חֹ֗ק לְנַעֲרֹתֶֽיהָ׃ (Hebrew Transliterated) wat-tā-qām bə-‘ō-wḏ lay-lāh, wat-tit-tên ṭe-rep̄ lə-ḇê-ṯāh; wə-ḥōq, lə-na-‘ă-rō-ṯe-hā. (King James Version) “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” (Berean Study Bible) “She rises while it is still night to provide food for her household and portions for her maidservants.” Breakdown of the word for “And She Rises” / wat-tā-qām / וַתָּ֤קָם Vav: As a prefix this means “and” Tav: Perfection/Completion Qof: Cycle/Resolution Mem: Water/Wisdom/Coming to completion Wattaqam = And She Rises This is probably the one verse I never walk to talk…

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    Hey: She Becomes

    Proverbs 31:14 (Original Hebrew) הָ֭יְתָה כָּאֳנִיֹּ֣ות סֹוחֵ֑ר מִ֝מֶּרְחָ֗ק תָּבִ֥יא לַחְמָֽהּ׃ (Hebrew Transliterated) hā-yə-ṯāh kā-’o-nî-yō-wṯ sō-w-ḥêr; mim-mer-ḥāq, tā-ḇî laḥ-māh. (King James Version) “She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.” (Berean Study Bible) “She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.” Breakdown of the word for “She is” / hā-yə-ṯāh / הָ֭יְתָה Hey: At the beginning of a word, hey makes the object concrete and definite Yod: Creation Tav: Seal/Purpose/Completion Hey: At the end of a word, hey makes it feminine/fruitful/productive. Hayetah = She is/becomes The first thing we learn from this verse is the word hayetah or she becomes. Most translations say she…

  • Proverbs 31 Woman

    Dallet: She seeks

    Proverbs 31:13 (Original Hebrew) דָּ֭רְשָׁה צֶ֣מֶר וּפִשְׁתִּ֑ים וַ֝תַּ֗עַשׂ בְּחֵ֣פֶץ כַּפֶּֽיהָ׃ (Hebrew Transliterated) dā-rə-šāh ṣe-mer ū-p̄iš-tîm; wat-ta-‘aś, bə-ḥê-p̄eṣ (King James Version) “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” (Berean Study Bible) “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Breakdown of the word for “She seeks” / dā-rə-šāh / דָּ֭רְשָׁה Dallet: Gate/Dilligence/Perseverance Resh: Beginning/Container/ Shin: Fire/Transformation/Balance Daresah = She seeks The image of this word “Daresah/Seek” is of a priority search. Its at the very top of the to-do list. And it might not be easy. It may require some work – as a matter of fact, it likely WILL require some work. Its not…

  • Proverbs 31 Woman

    Gimel: She Brings Him

    Proverbs 31:12 (Original Hebrew) גְּמָלַ֣תְהוּ טֹ֣וב וְלֹא־רָ֑ע כֹּ֝֗ל יְמֵ֣י חַיֶּֽיה ׃ (Hebrew Transliterated) gə-mā-laṯ-hū ṭō-wḇ wə-lō- rā‘; kōl, yə-mê ḥay-yeh (King James Version) “She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” (Berean Study Bible) “She will bring him good and not harm all the days of her life.” Breakdown of the word for “She will bring him” / gə-mā-laṯ-hū / גְּמָלַ֣תְהוּ Gimel: Balance/Carrying/Change/Motion Mem: Water/Wisdom/Coming to completion Lammed: Learning/Leading Tav: Perfection/Completion Hey: Gentleness Vav: Man/Him Gemalathu = She Brings Him The word Gemalathu carries the image of a gentle force of movement – much like a river. The first letter is typically depicted as…

  • Proverbs 31 Woman

    Bet: Safely Trusts

    (Original Hebrew) בָּ֣טַח בָּ֭הּ לֵ֣ב בַּעְלָ֑הּ וְ֝שָׁלָ֗ל לֹ֣א יֶחְסָֽר׃ (Hebrew Transliterated) bā-ṭaḥ bāh lêḇ ba‘-lāh; wə-šā-lāl, lō yeḥ-sār. (King James Version) “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” (Berean Study Bible) “The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will lack nothing of value.” Breakdown of the word for “Safely Trust”/ bā-ṭah / בָּטח Bet: House/Container/Vessel Tet: Basket/Womb/Choices Chet: Life/Grace/New Beginnings Batah = Safely Trusts The word used here for safely trust is Batah and the imagery of it is powerful. It denotes the image of a house, specifically a good house. In some cases it…

  • Proverbs 31 Woman

    Aleph: A Virtuous Wife

    Proverbs 31:10 (Original Hebrew) אֵֽשֶׁת־  חַ֭יִל  מִ֣י  יִמְצָ֑א  וְרָחֹ֖ק  מִפְּנִינִ֣ים  מִכְרָֽהּ׃  (Hebrew Transliterated) ’ê-šeṯ- cḥa-yil mî yim-ṣā; wə-rā-ḥōq mip-pə-nî-nîm miḵ-rāh. (King James Version) “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” (Berean Study Bible) “Who can find a wife of noble character? She is far more precious than rubies.” Breakdown of the word “Wife”/ ’ê-šeṯ-/אֵֽשֶׁת־ Aleph: Of YHVH Shin: Fire/Transformation/Balance Tav: Seal/Purpose/Completion Aleph = Of YHVH The Aleph is an interesting character and one that really threw me off when I first started researching this. In its simplest explanation, it is the symbol for YHVH. Most (or maybe all?) times that it is seen, there is a hint or reflection…

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  • Digging Deeper,  Proverbs 31 Woman

    Digging Deeper Into The Proverbs 31 Woman

    Sometimes God places a task on your heart that drives you to shift priorities in order to make it happen. The weightiness of the task is both terrifying and exhilerating. You know that whatever He has brought you to will change your life, but you wonder the fire you are about to walk through to reach that change. It doesn’t matter though, because you know there is no way you can avoid it and eventually the thought of it consumes you. That exact situation is how I found myself knee deep in Proverbs 31 with a dozen tabs open on my browser to various Bible versions and the actual Hebrew…