A Mulher Sábia
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
7 "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'
9 "'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'
10 "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 "Later the others also came. 'Lord, Lord,' they said, 'open the door for us!'
12 "But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I don't know you.'
13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
In the same way, the women "are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Wisdom's instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,
to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."