by Jen McBride from Old Paths – What Does Virtuous Really Mean?
Editor’s note: This is from the introduction to McBride’s book ‘Queen of the Home’. Skipped a great deal of this because it was Nancy Campbell-like parsing of word meanings in the original Hebrew and very pedantic boring. All of this begs the question of why do women in the CPM have to constantly come up with inflated claims about what a stay at home mother is instead of just accepting that sahm have existed going very far back and no one before this particular bunch ever added all these meanings to what they are doing?
Scripture declares the truth; it is through the saving work of Christ and in a life lived according to the standard set forth in God’s Holy Word that a woman is most honored and elevated to a position like no other on earth. She is given great respect, mighty responsibilities and a specific realm over which she is to reign.
I used to think that the word “virtuous” as used in these texts meant “moral,” or “pure.” While the word “virtue” is at times translated this way, and while this meaning too should define a godly woman, this is not the meaning of the word used in the passages above. I was amazed to discover that in the original Hebrew this word is “chayil”—which is also translated throughout the Bible as “strength”, “ability”, “valiant”, “army”, “host”, “forces”, “riches”, “wealth”, “substance”, “power” and even “war”! No wonder such a woman is far more valuable than rubies.
The godly wife and mother is no household drudge, weak doormat, or mindless parasite. She is a mighty warrior queen who fights righteous battles at her husband’s side and reigns with him over the home and domain God has given them as they work together for Christ’s eternal Kingdom and glory.
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