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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
CT 506232, Program 182
"THE KIND OF WOMAN A MAN CAN'T RESIST"
Series on TheW Real Woman"
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is
far above jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he
will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of her
She looks for wool and flax, And works with her
hands in delight.
She is like merchant ships; She brings her food
She rises also while it is still night, And gives
food to her household,
And portions to her maidens. She considers a
field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard. She
girds herself with strength,
And makes her arms strong.
She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does
not go out at night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And
her hands grasp the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor; And she
stretches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is
fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates; When he sits
among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, And
supplies belts to the tradesmen.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she
smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of
kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household, And
does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed, Her
husband also, and he praises her, saying:
"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman
who fears the Lord, she shall be praised,
Give her the product of her hands, And let her
works praise her in the gates.
At the age of 42, Martin Luther married a 26 year old nun who was a
fugitive in the Reformation. After one year of marriage, this is what
he said about her when he wrote his friend: "My Kate is in all things
so obliging and pleasing to me that I would not exchange my poverty
for all the riches of Croesus."
In 1531, he boasted to his colleagues: "I would not trade my Katie
for France or for Venice to boot, for three reasons. First, because
God gave her to me as a gift, and also gave me to her. Second,
because I often come across other women with far more shortcomings
than Kate, and third, because she keeps faith and honor in our
Martin Luther, the great theologian and reformer, had found the woman
he just couldn't resist, and he loved and married his Katie. I'm sure
every woman wants to be the kind of woman that will keep her husband
from looking around because he has found in her, as Luther said,
"something so wonderfully, beautifully and spiritually wealthy," that
he wouldn' ...
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