Crowns have a fascinating role in history. In the ancient world, crowns came in many shapes and forms and were made of the costliest materials available. They symbolized royalty and sovereignty. When David fought and conquered the King of the Amorites, he took his crown to celebrate his victory. It was made with precious stones and gold, and the gold in that crown weighed one hundred ten pounds. In today’s market the gold in that crown would be worth $3,004,870.00. The power and might of the king were represented by the size and value of his crown.
“A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,” wrote Solomon, “but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” We read in Genesis that God created woman to be man’s helper. As God reviewed His creation, He realized that Adam could not do what He wanted him to do by himself. He needed help. So, God created a “helper” for him: Eve.
The word “helper,” however, does not capture the depth of the meaning of that word. A “helper,” as used in this verse is one who assists another to reach their full potential, to fill up or complement the other person. Eve, Adam’s wife, was created to make him “complete!”
A wife of “noble character” can bring her husband esteem and honor, recognition and respect. But he must first earn it! If the husband does his part in becoming the man God created him to be, then the wife can do her part and represent him well. She will be able to complete and complement her husband and receive her “crown.”
Prayer: Bless, encourage, and empower those wives, Father, who compliment and complete their husband’s calling. And, may husbands love, honor and respect their wives always. Amen.
Scripture For Today: A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. Proverbs 12:4
“Clothes make the man!” was a popular saying years ago. Solomon, however, would strongly disagree. To the contrary, he would say that “A worthy woman enhances her husband’s reputation and well-being and status in the community.” He does not imply, even slightly, that a wife “exists” only to “serve” a husband, but to do him “good.”
This “worthy woman” is more thoroughly described in Proverbs 31, and it is not by accident that in the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Ruth follows the book of Proverbs, a living example of what he is teaching. This wife of “noble character” stands as a “model wife” for the young man who one day will become a husband. A wife of “noble character” is the “crown” of her husband because she brings him esteem, honor, and worth in his community.
It stands in direct contrast to a wife who “shames her husband.” The wife who “shames” her husband, lowers his status and brings shame on him with her “lack of good judgment.” Her influence on his reputation is like “decay in his bones” - the “rotting” away of his life because he is never able to “rise above her reputation” or influence in the community where they live. No matter how successful he may be, she “brings him down” because she lacks the character that God will honor and bless! She does what displeases God!
When we look deeply into the importance of this verse, we discover the importance of a “noble wife.” We are warned about the seriousness and importance of choosing a partner for life. A partner is not to be chosen because of beauty or glamour or wealth. Godliness and character must come first. Then, the things God blesses, will follow.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for this warning and the truth it contains. Thank You, also, that change is possible. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. Proverbs 12:4