Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I've Been Lesson Planning

I'm leading a small study tonight.

We're going to talk a little about Hebrew poetry, the curse of perfectionism, Solomon's concubines, business savvy, the intimidating and liberating Mrs. P31, the color purple, nagging, being guard dogs, and getting all noble.

As well as a little of this,

and little of this,

and a lot about this

1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an oracle his mother taught him…

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

29 "Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


Caroline said...

Concubines! Marilyn Monroe! Solomon! 1940s kitsch posters!

Wow, I wish I was in that small group study! I am actually going to lead my own, but in my lack of preparation, all I'm doing is bringing rhubarb cobbler and hoping they still love me.


Elizabeth said...

It sounds so intriguing! If only you could set up a podcast and we could all listen in.