Reading: Proverbs 1:20-2:6
In this episode, Jane provides a framework to better understand the context and writing structure of the book of Proverbs, which will guide us in our reading of it. Proverbs is divided into three sections: the introduction and prologue (chapters 1-9), the main body of the book (chapters 10-31:9) which contains principles of wise living, and the conclusion (chapters 31:10-31) which features the Noble Woman personification of wisdom. Today we meet Lady Wisdom in the prologue of Proverbs. Lady Wisdom is a universal figure who calls out to everyone in the marketplace, inviting them to live a life of wisdom in all aspects of their lives including in their work. Jane also introduces the Hebrew term “ESHET CHAYIL” which translates to “woman of valor”, typically referring to women who follow God’s call on their lives with bravery and strong character. Jane encourages us to consider what it looks like to embody “ESHET CHAYIL” and to apply this mind set to our work.
If you are looking for a great read to assist you in your journey of integrating faith and work we recommend Wisdom-Based Business by Hannah Stolze which discusses the concept of applying biblical principles and evidence-based research to business in order to create a profitable and purposeful enterprise.
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Recommended books: Wisdom-Based Business by Hannah Stolze
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