Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future. Proverb 31:25 (NASB)
Clothing – Paul might have instructed all of us to put on the new man like a new suit of clothes, but Lemuel’s mother knew how to dress a woman. The best dressed woman in God’s creation is clothed with strength and dignity. In fact, with but a little reflection, we might imagine that Havvah was clothed in nothing else. All she needed was ‘oz and hadar to be perfectly outfitted for the Master’s calling.
It’s worth noting that she is able to smile at the future, an idiom that expresses complete confidence when backing into the unknown, because these two garments provide her with every resource needed to handle whatever might come. Better than Gucci, better than Channel, these Hebrew threads are the glory of every woman who wears them, the hallowing of the God who gives them and the prosperity of the husband who benefits from them.
The first is the familiar word ‘oz. Strength, power and capability combine with protection, refuge and defense. As we discovered, there are two sides to this coin. In God, the ‘ezer of Israel, we find benevolence coupled with wrath. God is jealous over His children and angry toward His enemies. Should we expect to find anything less in the ‘ezer kenegdo? Perhaps those signs of jealousy are just reflections of the intensity of love that blossoms from ‘oz vehadar. This seems all the more to be the case when we take a longer look at hadar. In 1 Chronicles 16:27 hadar describes the splendor of God Himself. In Psalm 29:4 it is used of God’s thunderous voice. Isaiah uses it describing sinners fleeing from the majesty of the Lord (Isaiah 2:10). And Psalm 8:5 uses hadar to recount the magnificence of the creation of human beings when compared to all of God’s other work. A woman clothed with hadar is a woman in majesty, splendor and magnificence. Perhaps it is a picture of the woman as she was presented to the man so many centuries ago when he proclaimed, “This is bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.”
Strength and splendor-majesty-glory are her levush (Lamed-Bet-Vav-Shin). You can think of the idea of clothing as a sign of status and function within the community. Today clothes are more or less ornamental, although some kinds of clothing are still associated with various professions. But in ancient society, clothes indicated much more about a person. Clothes were an outward representation of the kind of work, status or rank and even the character of a person. You can recognize this fact of life in many of the parables. But God looks for the same clothing she wore when He created her. And any man with any sense at all will realize that God’s best dressed woman is the only one for him.
Topical Index: clothing, levush, strength, ‘oz, dignity, hadar, Proverbs 31:25
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 While our perspective is usually “facing” the future, the Hebrew view is far more manageable. Look here.