"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." (31:10)Hebrew study:
who- person (interrogative)
can find- come forth, appear, exist, attain, find, acquire. (fig: occur, meet, in person)
a virtuous- force (man power, means, or resources) army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength
"[The virtuous woman is a] weaker vessel made strong by wisdom and grace and the fear of God." ~Mathew Henrywoman- feminine form of man
for her price- merchandise, value
is far- remote (distance), specifically precious
above- from or out, a part of
rubies- (from root meaning turn or angle) as pearl
Pro. 12:4- a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband
Pro. 19:4- a prudent wife is from the Lord
Rut. 3:11- all the city...doth know that thou art a virtuous woman
Ecc. 7:28- ...but a woman among all those have I not found
Sol. 6:8,9- there are...virgins without number...my undefiled is but one
*note: other verses that mention "above rubies" or such like, refer to wisdom. apparently, a virtuous woman and wisdom are without price.
Pro 3:15, 8:11, 20:15
virtue- morally good; acting in conformity to the moral or divine law. Chaste.
A ruby is the second hardest gem, and is one of the four most precious stones. It is graded according to color, cut, clarity, and carat, as well as size and origin. (Wikipedia)
A large ruby that is deep red, transparent, and cut beautifully (though not flawless,) is very precious indeed. What a challenge to be a godly woman in the midst of worldliness! As I continue to study the Proverbs 31 woman, I'm looking forward to learning and being equipped in God's ways. -To working toward being the kind of woman that is priceless as a fine jewel.