HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Proverbs 31:13

She seeketh wool and flax

Wool, of course, is the wavy or curly undercoat of a sheep which can be woven into a warm garment or fabric.  Even today we wear wool sweaters or mittens to protect us from the cold.

Flax was a fibrous plant used in spinning. The fibers can be drawn out and twisted into yarn or thread for the manufacture of linen.   The most famous flax was grown under ideal conditions in Egypt.  There was no better linen than the “fine linen of Egypt.”  This is one reason why the seventh plague was so terrible. This judgment involved hail stones mixed with fire. The hail stones “smote every herb of the field” (Exodus 9:25), totally destroying, among other things, the flax crop.  From flax can be made a variety of materials including coarse canvas, rugged sails for ships and even thin, delicate scarves.

The godly woman “seeks” wool and flax, these two basic materials to use in making clothes and garments.  The term “seek” could mean that she “selects” the best quality of wool and flax or it could mean that she “seeks with care” or “cares for” the wool and flax.  The word has this latter meaning in Deuteronomy 11:12–“A land which the LORD thy God careth for (seeks!).”   She carefully collects and gathers and cares for the wool and flax that she will use in making clothes for her household and perhaps for others as well.

And worketh willingly with her hands

The word “willingly” is from the word meaning “delight, pleasure.”   She takes great delight in her work.  Rather than being a laborious and boring chore, it is pleasant and enjoyable.  Toil need not be tedious.  It can be a tremendous source of pleasure and satisfaction.

In our modern, computerized, electronic, entertainment-saturated society we have lost the art of working with our hands.  Most women don’t delight in making clothes with their hands. Instead, they delight in shopping for clothes at the mall and thus adversely affecting the family budget.  Instead of learning from their mothers how to sew and knit and crochet and mend, many children are too busy watching television or playing computer games.  Unfortunately, most mothers do not even know how to do these things and could not teach their children even if they wanted to.  I used to watch my mother spend countless hours knitting and crocheting and sewing, but these things are becoming a lost art.

Mothers and wives who are not seamstresses may be able to exchange skills they do have for the skills of those who sew.  There are times when it may be more economical, in both time and money, to wisely shop for bargains than to purchase patterns, material, zippers, etc.  The wise woman uses her time and individual resources in the best way she can.

The godly woman takes great pleasure in working with her hands and providing clothing for her family.

Author: Godfrey Gregg