A wife of noble virtue – who can find such a woman?
She is worth far more that precious stones –
no lack of gain her husband knows.
She provides for the family, reaches out to the lonely.
She is clothed is strength and dignity
and she can smile at the days to come.
Her children rise up and bless her
as she speaks words of wisdom,
and her lamp does not go out at night;
she serves with wisdom and delight.
She makes garments of linen,
leather belts for the tradesmen.
She is not afraid of winter snow
for all at home are safe and warm in her care.
Many women do noble things, you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive, beauty is fleeting
but those who shall be praised
are women who love the Lord.
adapted from Proverbs 31:10-31