The Proverbs 31 Man: Wisdom for the Modern Husband

Proverbs 31 is often seen as a standard of living for the Christian wife. If I’m completely honest, I must admit that I find the list of attributes to be quite daunting. It is certainly something that many Christian women strive for in their homes, but no woman can be the “proverbs 31 woman” every moment of every day. Believe me. I’ve tried, and it’s hard.

Even then, I love this chapter of God’s Word. It gives me something to work towards as a wife and mother. But I have to ask myself one question: is there such as thing as the proverbs 31 man?


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What many people don’t realize is that Proverbs 31 was most likely written to a man… not a woman.


The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him. O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, do not waste your strength on women, on those who ruin kings.Proverbs 31:1-3 (NLT)


Proverbs 31:1-9 contains teachings given to King Lemuel (most scholars believe this to be another name for King Solomon) by his mother. In other words, this passage contains words of wisdom passed down from mother to son. Beginning in verse 10, we actually find an acrostic poem describing the character of the virtuous woman (readily seen in the original language, but not in our English translation). And while scholars vary in their opinion of whether or not this section was written by the same author as the first nine verses, this poem helps to reinforce everything that King Lemuel’s mother taught him… which is probably why it is included here after her motherly words of wisdom.


In her wisdom, she not only defined what it meant to be a virtuous woman, but she also taught her son how to honor, love, and respect his future bride.


The Proverbs 31 man values his wife. – He doesn’t waste his time with women who aren’t virtuous. (Proverbs 31:3) And when he finds his capable bride, he treasures her.

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.Proverbs 31:10 (NLT)


The Proverbs 31 man trusts his wife.
– Yes, the virtuous woman is trustworthy making it easier for her husband to trust her, but her husband must still choose to give her his trust. He makes himself vulnerable to her and allows her into his heart enabling her to enrich and strengthen his life.

Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.Proverbs 31:11 (NLT)


The Proverbs 31 man recognizes his wife’s abilities outside of the home. – Unfortunately, many still view the typical Christian wife as a woman of the 50’s – cooking, cleaning, and working solely within the home. However, Proverbs 31 suggests that she also works outside the home and even earns an income. Granted, the home is her first priority, but that doesn’t mean she’s confined to it.

She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.Proverbs 31:16-18 (NLT)


The Proverbs 31 man is a respected leader. – Now this doesn’t mean that he’s a politician necessarily (although he certainly can be), but rather that he’s a respected member of the community. He is valued as a leader both inside and outside of the home.

Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.Proverbs 31:23 (NLT)


The Proverbs 31 man encourages his wife.If you are a man, please listen carefully – women love being told how much you value and appreciate them! (Trust me on this one!) And women – our men need to hear it too! Many marital issues can be solved by simply telling your spouse how much you appreciate them and their hard work.

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”Proverbs 31:28-29 (NLT)


The Proverbs 31 man rewards his wife and allows her inner beauty to shine. – True beauty lies within. So many men (and women) in our culture today place more value on outward appearance than true inner beauty. The Proverbs 31 man, however, sees his virtuous bride for who she truly is in the eyes of God. He not only rewards this beauty, but he loves her in a way that will allow it to grow and flourish for all to see.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.Proverbs 31:30-31 (NLT)


The Proverbs 31 man compliments the Proverbs 31 woman by honoring her, by respecting her, and by thanking God for leading him to his treasure of a bride.


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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

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  1. Excellent! Love how you have worked through this passage from a husband perspective. Not only will I be sharing this with my blog friends – but also bookmarking it to stimulate a conversation with my teen/young adult children. Thanks.

  2. Love this beautiful summary of a Proverbs wife, and so interesting how a King Lemuel’s mother is helping him understand what a good wife should be–it’s an intriguing perspective! And yes, it’s hard to be that Proverbs wife, but sure like to be reminded how!! Visiting from #raralinkup today!

    1. I’ve heard so many sermons and teachings on the Proverbs 31 wife. Yes, we should strive to be the virtuous wife found in this chapter, but these verses were also intended to teach a son how to choose a wife and ultimately how to cherish her. Husbands and wives both are called to love, honor, cherish, and support one another. 🙂

  3. Alyssa, I’ve never looked at Proverbs 31 quite in this way before. Your perspective helps me appreciate all the ways my husband supports and cares for me and our daughters even more than I did before! Thank you for that! Your neighbor at #TellHisStory …

  4. Hi!
    I think your insight about the man in Proverbs 31:10ff are accurate and I agree with most of your exegesis. However, you might be unaware there is a big textual difference between the beginning of Proverbs 31 verses 1-9 and the last section verses 10 and following. Verse 10 begins an acrobatic poem. Each verse is a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. So, this poem wasn’t necessarily written by King Lemuel’s mother. It just happens to be after her teaching at the beginning of the chapter. There are some language similarities but otherwise there is little reason to think they are by the same human author. That said, there is every reason to believe that Proverbs 31:10-31 is addressed to primarily to men because the whole book of Proverbs is addressed primarily to a son or sons. The biblical evidence within the passage itself that it is primarily addressed to men is so strong that scholars pretty much universally agree that men are the primary audience. I just wanted you to be aware of that because pointing to King Lemuel’s mother somewhat weakens what is otherwise a very strong argument on your part. Your article makes some very good points about things I’ve observed in the text but not seen published.
    God Bless you,
    Lindy Davis

    1. Thank you for bringing this up! Scholars are definitely at odds concerning the authorship of this chapter, so I took your advice and added this info to my post for clarification. Regardless of who wrote the final section, it was most likely added here by the author to reinforce the advice of King Lemuel’s mother as the two sections share a similar theme. But you are correct that we really don’t know who wrote this poem. 🙂

  5. This is so Good. There was a time I had this very question and you have addressed it with divine wisdom. I use to ask if there are certain portions of scripture meant for only women. But the. I felt the Lord telling me, look closely,there is a message in there for you as a man, if you pick it up and live by it, you will be an exceptional husband. I am trying to practice these lessons even as I wait for my Proverbs 31 woman.

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