SHE IS FAR MORE PRECIOUS THAN RUBIES
The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about women. And rightfully so it was written by a man who loved many women. How fitting that the book ends with a picture of a woman of strong character, great wisdom, many skills, and great compassion. Every Godly man wants a woman with these exceptional great qualities. And every woman should desire to marry a man who possesses them too. Yes indeed, she is a fine woman, a precious woman, and she is far more precious than rubies.
This woman is an excellent wife and mother. Her strength and dignity do not come from her amazing achievements. However, they are a result of her reverence for God and her strong relationship with him. In a society where physical appearance counts for so much, it may surprise you to realize that her appearance was never mentioned. King Solomon focused on her character rather than just her beauty. Truth is, we are living in a culture that idolizes beauty. People spend billions of dollars doing plastic surgery; health, and wellness is one of the fastest growing industries now. It is necessary to take care of our body, but it is even equal or more important to take care of our inner man. Make no mistake about this, Solomon was describing a woman who had the whole comprehensive package. She was a beautiful woman inside out. Her attractiveness comes entirely from her character and actions. Her actions speak volume to the kind of woman she was. The woman described in this chapter has outstanding abilities.
She Is Far More Precious Than Rubies
Why did King Solomon describe her as far more precious than Rubies? In order to understand his reasons, you have to study the precious Gemstone called “Ruby.”
Ruby is distinguished for its bright red color, and ruby is the most famed and fabled red gemstone. It is known for its bright color, and it is the most desirable gem due to its hardness, durability, luster, and rarity. It is one of the most beautiful stones created by nature.
Named from the Latin word for its hue Rubens, meaning red, the gemstone ruby epitomizes the boldest of colors and has come to represent the values of desire, passion, and power.
For centuries, the ruby has been regarded as one of the most valuable gemstones. Rubies have long been a symbol of wealth and power. According to many, when rubbed on the skin, ruby was also thought to restore youth and vitality. For thousands of years, Ruby was considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life. Like no other gemstone in the world, Ruby is the perfect symbol for powerful feelings.
Kings Wore Rubies During Biblical Time
The ruby was one of the stones in the high priest’s breastplate
“And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.”(Exodus 28:17).
A comparison is made between the value of wisdom and rubies. “No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.” (Job 28:18).
“She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.” (Proverbs 3:15).
Solomon was telling husbands, nothing should be compared to their wives. When you look at her, she is precious, and she is designed by God with some of the most exceptional abilities and qualities. It is your responsibility to bring out the best in her. She is a ruby waiting to glow in your presence.
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it” (Proverbs 8:11 ). The price of a virtuous woman is said to be “far above rubies.”
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. ( Proverbs 31:10 ). She is priceless, and that is why she is hard to find. Brothers, she is out there, and she is waiting for you to find her. If you are married you already found her, now bring out the best in her.
The book of Proverbs begins with the command to fear the Lord (Proverbs1:7) and ends with the picture of a woman who fulfills this command. Her qualities are mentioned throughout the book: hard work, fear of God, respect for spouse, foresight, encouragement, care for others, and concern for the poor, wisdom in handling money. These qualities, when coupled with fear of God, lead to enjoyment, success, honor, and worth. This kind of character helps lead to a fulfilled relationship in marriage. Proverbs is practical for us today because it shows us how to become wise, make good decisions, and live according to God’s ideals.” Oh Yes, she is far more precious than rubies, and I know it so well.