by Harley Howard

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Women, How to build up or tear down your home (15 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard
Proverbs 14:1

1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Women: The word is used of all women whether married or single, the character being good or evil. This is the broad usage of this word. Again, the context of the passage determines its usage.

Basic principles before we delve into this topic.

1) All women who are exercising God's wisdom are building up their homes.

These are the characteristics of a woman who is exercising God's wisdom. Buildeth her house, refers to a woman who builds her household. The direct and primary application refers to a married woman who, by exercising God's wisdom in the home, is directly responsible for the building up of her household. It is extremely important that we look at this word wisdom, in its broadest sense, because it will have a direct affect in our study. All of the following definitions are the usage of this same word wisdom in this verse.

Wisdom: To become wise in the habit of receiving and acquiring God's wisdom. To discriminate between what is good and evil from God's perspective, To receive instruction and to exercise correct judgement, Intelligent, sensible and endued with reason and using it. Wise from the experiences of life and of human affairs and relationships, Skilled in divine things, stores God's wisdom in the heart.

2) All women who are foolish are tearing down their homes. To plucketh down her home is to tear it down, to demolish or to destroy it. Notice that she also does this with her hands . The hands, metaphorically speaking, are used of the ability, authority or strength of an individual. The will is also implied.

As it was important to look at the definition of wisdom, it is extremely important that we look at this term foolish, in its broadest sense because it will also have a direct affect in our study. ...

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