10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman

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The Proverbs 31 Woman Today

Here at A Virtuous Woman, I want to encourage women to serve God in every aspect of their lives. Being a Proverbs 31 woman is not about being “perfect.” It’s about living life with purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance.

Often women believe that Proverbs 31 doesn’t really apply to our modern lives. Here at A Virtuous Woman, we believe that God’s Word stands the test of time. I wrote the 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman as the mission statement for A Virtuous Woman, but soon realized that it was more than a mission statement. The 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman demonstrates how, as Christian women today, we can all be Proverbs 31 Women.

The 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman

You can download the 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman here. Perfect to frame (8″ x 10″) or place in your Household Notebook.

1. Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15

2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)

3.  Mothering – A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

5. Service – A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)

6. Finances – A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)

7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)

9. Time – A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

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    Rebecca says

    Melissa I am teaching a small group of young ladies at my church during an Enrichment Seminar and was wondering if I could have your permission to copy and distribute your 10 Virtues as a hand out.It is a small class of less than 10 girls. Thank you in Advance.

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    BRITNI says

    Melissa thank you so much for this site, I am so glad I came across your site at my time of need. Me and my husband are going through some very trying time. We are both being pulled in so many directions and I have found myself looking at the man and not the God in the man. Which has caused me to fall from my up holding my Godly duties and dishonoring my husband . I to homeschool our children and work from home for myself as well as for my husband. I believe this site will be very helpful to me and my family.

    Thank You

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    Cynthia brown says

    Hi Melissa, I want to thank you for this site. I’m partnering with one of my Sister churches and we are having a Proverb 31 Women believing in GOD service. I’m wondering if I could have your permission to copy and distribute your 10 Virtues as a handout. I know the Women will be blessed as I was by this information. Thanks

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      Hi Cynthia, you are welcome to share the 10 Virtues as long as you credit myself {Melissa Ringstaff} and avirtuouswoman.org – thanks so much! I hope your ladies are inspired!

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    Andrea Petry says

    Hi Melissa, I really love the way you broke down the 10 virtues of a woman. I was wondering if I could use that for a workshop I will be leading in Kenya this August? If yes, I will make sure your name is listed as a source and the website is also there.

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    Gwendolyn Gaines says

    Hello Melissa, I’m teaching on the Virtuous Woman and found your website I’d like to ask permission to print a few copies for our Women’s Meeting on May 19th,2015.I will give credit to you it’s worded beautifully the website has so much info.Thank you and God Bless..

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    Gwendolyn Gaines says

    Hi Melissa,Thank you so much for allowing me to use the prints on your it’s beautiful.Blessings Gwendolyn

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    Hey Melissa! I love how you broke Proverbs 31 down to be more understandable. It’s a great guideline for woman in today’s world. I am currently working on building my blog cupofpassion.com. My focus is to get Moms fired up for living for God. I want to encourage moms to realize they have a purpose far more than the blessings of motherhood. Before finding my passion for writing, I felt dead inside. I struggled with anger, depression, and I didn’t understand why I couldn’t just be happy with the two beautiful children in front of me. Proverbs 31 can be challenging to understand because it reflects perfection, but it also contains all the ingredients a woman needs to feel purposeful. I would personally like to ask for your permission to use this list, with a link back to your site, with all your credits of course. Thank you!


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      Hi Whitney, I love that you love my list. The 10 Virtues are copyrighted by me. I’d love to have you link back to the page with the 10 virtues, but I’d rather not republish them. Thanks so much for asking!

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    patricia okafor says

    hi melissa,
    I’m preparing a teaching on the Virtuous Woman and found your website I’d like to ask permission to print a few copies for our Women’s Meeting on july26th,2015.I will give credit to you.Thank you and God Bless..

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    Liz says

    Hi Melissa,
    I too am a busy mom, 4 kids 7 years and under. My struggle is respecting my husband in my heart. He isn’t healthy, and I think a lot of it is a heart issue. I am left holding almost everything. The mothering and homemaker I can do, even handling the money. But, when I have to figure out how I can pay the bills because he didn’t make it into work again (most of the time due to health), spread my mama bird wings because he is being a mean old grouch or ask for help only to get the negative reaction I thought I would get… well it leaves me weary. I try hard to the woman God wants me to be – but do I have to relate so well to Hosea? Just wondering if you had thoughts on how to be the Proverbs 31 woman when the husband isn’t a Proverbs 31 man yet?

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    Tiffany says

    Hi, I have a prayer group and would like to share this information to the group giving credit to you on the hand out and to your website. Would that be ok?

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    Vanessa says

    I found this on pinterest and think it’s a helpful tool. However, I find there’s one thing missing. A Proverbs 31 woman must remember the poor. “She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” Prov. 31:20 I would have loved to see this idea incorporated as well.

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    Successful Business Woman says

    I don’t understand the concept where you mention that you should consult your husband every time you make a purchase. You see, I’m a very successful business woman, and if I consulted my husband every time I made business decision, he’d go nuts. It would bother him more than anything else. He does know how much money I make, but he doesn’t want me to ask him how to run the business. He wants me to make my own business decisions, especially since I’m very successful at what I do. He also is a very successful businessman, and honestly, if he wants my opinion on how to operate his business, he asks me. And I do the same. But if I bothered him every time I made a business decision, it would frustrate him. He wouldn’t even know how to do it. In fact, he continually encourages me to be an independent thinker and to keep on doing what I’m doing. He is so proud of me. In fact, he often tells all his clients about what I do and how successful I am. Why would I have to ask him how to run my business, especially when he knows nothing about how to run it? He’s the one who encourages me to continue to do what I’m doing. I love that about him! He loves the fact that he married an intelligent, successful business woman. It’s hard for me to imagine asking him how I should run it, especially when he doesn’t know how to do it. A real Proverbs 31 woman should be intelligent enough to run her own business. After all, if she can’t even run her own business, then how can she take care of her own household? We work together as a team, and quite successfully, too! We’ll celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary shortly.

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      I think you misunderstood what I was saying. You don’t need to consult your husband every time you make a purchase. You obviously have your husband’s approval already. So, unless your purchasing something out of the ordinary {perhaps something really expensive} that would come as a shock to him, I would say you don’t need to ask him to purchase a pack of gum, the groceries, or other ordinary type purchases.

      I run my own business and I very rarely ask my husband his opinion because he doesn’t know much about what I do or how I do it. And that’s okay.

      Sometimes women will hide purchases from their husbands. Maybe they like to shop and their husbands want them to stay in budget, but they fail to do that. That’s just one example. When your husband cannot trust you with the finances, it can cause a lot of friction in your marriage.

      It sounds like you and your husband have all of that worked out and that’s great!

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    Kee says

    awesome!! I’mglad have come across this. The mention of being virtuous, strong, and independent is important. Love the fact that pure Heavenly Father makes mention that women are capable of bringing homethe bacon & frying it in the panO:-) blessings Kee

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    Maddie says

    Hi Melissa,

    I am 15 and I am writing a bible study to lead for and to mentor our younger girls in our youth. I wanted to ask your permission to possibly use some of these characteristics in the bible study. (If so I will be sure to give you credit)

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    Rachel says

    Hi, Melissa. I am going to be teaching a ladies’ seminar in West Africa and would like to hand out copies of the 10 virtues, translated into French, with credit given to you and your website. We’re anticipating somewhere between 30 and 70 ladies. May I have permission to do this?
    Thank you and thanks for sharing the 10 Virtues.

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      Hi Rachel, I’d be happy to have you share the 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman at your ladies seminar. Please be sure to give credit to AVirtuousWoman.org. Thanks so much for asking!

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    This is a beautiful post Melissa! I’m hosting a ladies conference call in 2 weeks about the Proverbs 31 Woman. I entered the search term in Google and I saw your site and clicked on it. So glad I did! Great work you’re doing and I’ll be following your posts! Blessings…~Natasha

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    Anonymous says

    While I appreciate the value of all of the qualities ascribed to the “woman of virtue” in Proverbs 31, and don’t deny the benefits of her activities and attitudes, I think we can sometimes forget that she “lived” (if there was an actual woman that this passage was written about) in a time where everything was about works. Granted the most important feature of this passage was that “Grace may be deceitful, and beauty vain, but a woman who fears Jehovah, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30) After all, what counts more than God’s approval?

    I think, in the long run, it is better to be a Luke 10 woman (namely Mary) than a Proverbs 31 woman. Our ability to perform never weighs better in the balance than our love of growing closer to the Lord and hearing from His Word. In fact, we see a perfect example of that contrast when a busy Martha chastises Mary for leaving her to the work while Mary listens to Christ teaching. “But answering Jesus said to her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,
    But there is need of only one; and Mary chose the good part, which shall not be taken from her.” (Luke 10:41, 42). I am pretty sure this is applicable to us all. Putting Christ first, the other things will take care of themselves.

    Thank you for making a place here for people to come and talk about life in Christ. I hope you are able to be able to continue facilitating such a place for a long time. :)

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      I appreciate your thoughts! The Proverbs 31 Woman was not about an actual woman. It was a mother’s advice to the kind about the ideal woman. We cannot work our way to heaven. Anything we do for our families is an act of love, but not a requirement for our salvation. The reason I list Faith as the number one virtue is because it is the foundation on which everything else is built! :)

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    Cricket says

    Hi, Melissa…
    I have really enjoyed visiting your site. I enjoy your writing and really love the way you broke down Proverbs 31 to help us get to the meat in the passage! I’ve read it many times (and wondered how in the world I’d ever “make it” to that status) but never thought to break it down into simpler terms.

    I believe your heart and your God-given insights are a blessing to Christian women who are trying hard to swim against the current of modern culture to create godly marriages and homes. Thank you for what you do! :)

    Blessings and hugs~
    Cricket <3

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    Hi Melissa.
    I have written a blog post titled ‘Women’s size – Does it Matter?’ and hopefully attached a link to your website, which I found having looked up ‘Proverbs 31’.
    I look forward to receiving your newsletter.
    Thank you.

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