There are several stories in the bible about the, virtuous woman. Proverbs say A, virtuous woman, who can find? For her price is worth more than rubies. Proverbs 12:4 says A, virtuous woman, is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
In this episode of 5 min Fridays with coach Myrna, I look at traits of the, virtuous woman, and use as my foundational story the, bible story, of, Ruth and Naomi, and why, Boaz, called, Ruth, a, virtuous woman.
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Boaz and Ruth Bible Story
One of my favorite, Bible stories, is the story of, Ruth and Naomi.
The story is told that, Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law had huge losses. Her husband died as well as her two sons leaving her with no money. She said that the Lord made her life very bitter and caused her to suffer.
So, Naomi, decided to return home to Bethlehem in Judah because the Lord had blessed Judah with grain.
Naomi blessed her daughter in laws and sent them back home to their families but Ruth clung to her refusing to leave her
Naomi and Ruth, moved to Judah where Naomi told Ruth to go work in the fields of, Boaz, a very wealthy man. Boaz, noticed this strange woman working hard in the fields and enquired who she was. He was told that she was the young woman who came back with, Naomi.
Ruth the virtuous woman
Boaz, was impressed about what he heard about this, virtuous woman, and told his workers to treat her kindly and drop bundles of grain on purpose so she can pick up.
Ruth, worked throughout both the barley harvest and the wheat harvest then, Naomi, decided it was time for her to get a husband.
She gave, Ruth, instructions on what to do and, Ruth, did everything her mother-in-law told her to do. She bathed, put on her best dress applied perfume and lay at the feet of, Boaz. That was the submissive gesture. Boaz, woke up and accepted the offer blessing her for not going after a younger man.
The story ends with, Boaz, marrying, Ruth, and her son Obed was the grandfather of David.
Boaz, called Ruth a, virtuous woman
In this story Ruth was called a, virtuous woman, because:
- She was loyal to her mother-in-law,
- She was willing to work,
- She was willing to leave her home and be a foreigner in another land and
- She did everything her mother-in-law told her to do
What are the modern-day traits of a virtuous woman?
- A, virtuous woman, cares for her family.
- She is a hard worker.
- While she toils faithfully in meeting the needs of her own family, she also doesn’t forget to help the other needy people God brings across her path.
- She also takes the time to look after her own health and be a good steward of her body.
What’s the benefit of being a virtuous woman?
Aristotle, says that the, keys to happiness, is the practice of, virtue, because, virtue, is in accord with human reason. Aristotle, stated that we can reach minor states of happiness through money, power, or fame, but ultimate happiness can only be reached though the practice of, virtue.
A, virtuous woman, has character traits such as honesty, chastity, courage, and generosity. Virtue, theorists believe that if we concentrate on being righteous people, the right actions will follow; in other words, the people with the right character tend to make the right decisions.
What is the meaning of Virtuous:
- Morally good; acting in conformity to the moral law; practicing the moral duties, and abstaining from vice; as a, virtuous man.
- Being in conformity to the moral or divine law; as a virtuous action; a virtuous life.
The mere performance of, virtuous, actions does not denominate an agent virtuous.
- Chaste; applied to women.
- Efficacious by inherent qualities;
Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of 5 min Fridays with coach Myrna. I hope to see you back here next week for another episode of 5 min Fridays until then Namaste