When my husband Tony and I were pastors, I had the honor of teaching the women in our church a study of the Proverbs 31 Woman. The Lord put on my heart to start blogging about the wonderful treasures that are found in this awesome chapter. So here we go! I truly hope you enjoy this wonderful journey.
Prov 31:1 The words of King Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. (KJV)
Some scholars believe that King Lemuel was King Solomon. If that were true, then Bathsheba would have been the mother that taught this prophecy. A word study will give us a fuller understanding of the meaning hidden in these verses. “The Words of King Lemuel”, here “words” mean advice, counsel, a decree or commandment, our duty, our work.
“Prophecy” means his mother’s burden, tribute or utterance. The Vines Bible Dictionary explains it as: “a spiritual load or burden that she carried, an utterance or an oracle.
The Webster’s Dictionary defines tribute as a personal testimony to achievements or qualities. Webster’s defines an oracle from a person of outstanding wisdom. So this King’s mother was a woman who lived the life of Proverbs 31 Woman; she was also a woman with outstanding wisdom.
Since the Bible says that it is a prophecy, then we can believe that God gave it to King Lemuel’s mother. This is what she taught him, instructed and corrected him with. Vine’s describes the teaching as a sense of discipline.
The Message Bible reads this: “the strong advice his mother gave him”. As mother’s it is our job to speak into our children’s lives. We are to teach them, correct them and instruct them in the ways of the Lord.
Psalm 119:103-104 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
If our words are founded on the Word of God, they will be like honey to our children; they will gain understanding and hate every false way. Mom’s, keep speaking, give strong advice and wise counsel to your children. Speak truth into their lives. It’s our job, our duty, and our ministry. Don’t ever stop, because the world is feeding them way too many lies.