Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Prudent Wife

on August 5, 2012

“House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.” Proverbs 19:14

The word “prudent” is the Hebrew word “sakal”, which means “to have understanding, comprehension, to full grasp something, to give insight and to cause to prosper.” It’s an interesting word that can be translated in several ways, but the ultimate view here is that a woman who has understanding, wisdom and insight is a gift from God.

You may be thinking, “I wish my husband would read this!” Well, that’s not really the point here of this scripture. We certainly don’t want to bang our husbands over the head with our Bibles and teach them that they should be grateful for having such wise and prudent wives, now should we? What we, as wives, can take from this verse is that we should desire to be prudent, wise, understanding and insightful wives for our husbands, which the Lord says will bless them, as well as our children. So what is the source of this prudence and how can we achieve it?
“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

Here we learn a valuable “Do Not” in our quest to become prudent wives. The word “wise” in this proverb is the same as the word “prudent” above. Many wives think it is their duty to constantly give their input, lecture, seminar…whatever you want to call it…day by day to show their wisdom and prudence. Not so. He that refrains his lips is prudent, wise, insightful. In other words, a wise wife knows when to talk and when to bite her tongue. Amen?

“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

Here the word “wisely” is again that same word for prudent. How will I show prudence? I don’t need to speak a million words (which can sound like nagging and a dripping faucet) to show that I am wise. I will show it in my home, in my day to day activities, in my perfect behavior. I will be an example in my home of understanding because a woman who understands fears the Lord and knows His great love and mercy, which empowers her to live according to His Word. In my home I will show prudence by serving my family, submitting to my husband, lovingly training my child/children, worshiping my Lord, praying, being hospitable, patient, kind and forgiving.

So remember sisters that actions speak louder than words. Stop talking about prudence and start living it out. I pray that someday I might be counted as a prudent wife and a gift from above to my family.

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