I was reading Proverbs 31 and noticed the verses preceeding the passage on the Proverbs 31 woman. It’s still the same queen giving advice to her son, but instead of listing out qualities that the wife should have, she was giving her son advice on what he must be. In essence, she was listing out some qualities that men should strive for.
Let’s read Proverbs 31:2-9, shall we?
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
There’s probably many blog posts that can be written about different qualities. But I just want to point out a few:
- What does it mean to spend your strenth on women and on those who ruin kings?
- Why shouldn’t kings drink wine?
- Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves!
- Speak up and judge fairly!
Mainly, how can I use these instructions in my teaching my son(s)? What impact should this have as I teach them to interact with others? How can I put this advice into real life practice? Good things to think about.