HER FEET ABIDE NOT IN HER HOUSE

“She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house” (Proverbs 7:11)

“She is not a ‘keeper at home,’ as St. Paul (Titus 2:5) would have Christian matrons to be.” (Ellicot’s Commentary)

“She is full of talk, self-willed, disobedient to her husband, rebellious against God, and incorrigible by any admonitions of ministers or friends. Her feet abide not in her house — She minds not her business, which lies in her own house, but gives herself wholly up to idleness and pleasure, which she seeks in gadding abroad, and in changing her place and company.” (Benson Commentary)

“She is the opposite of the careful, modest housewife, who stays at home and manages her family affairs (Titus 2:5). The Vulgate inserts another trait: quietis impatiens, ‘always restless.’” (Pulpit Commentary)

Here we have a woman who is not content at home. She is not content with her husband. She refuses to be his help meet. She refuses to be a keeper at home and make her home a haven for her family. No, she is “always restless” and is seeking pleasure outside of what God has called her to do. Her feet abide not in her home. She is the complete opposite of the Proverbs 31 woman.

She in rebellion to what God calls her to be. He commands her to have a meek and quiet spirit which seeks to love and serve her family well. This is to be her main goal and ministry.  A godly woman understands that godliness with contentment is great gain, so she disciplines herself to find joy at home caring for her family. She knows that God’s ways are perfect, so she trusts Him in what He has asked of her. She knows that children are blessings from Him, so she does all she can to bear and raise godly offspring.

She loves her husband and lives in submission to him. She wants the best for him and does what she can to please him. She has zero desire to flirt with or seek out other men’s attention. She is a covenant keeper and will be faithful to the husband of her youth until death do they part.

Home is her favorite place to be. She understands that if she is neglecting her home, she is neglecting God’s command to her. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27). She stores her treasures in heaven by obeying God. She keeps eternity in her vision instead of the momentary, fleeting pleasures of this world.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:10-12

Her Feet Abide Not in Her House

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