The Seminarian Translates Proverbs 31

by Whitney Rio-Ross


Who can find a virtuous woman? for Her price is far above rubies.
heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need.
of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil
All the days of her life
she seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands
She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food. from afar—
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands. she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her
loins with strength, and strengtheneth her, arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out
by night:
she layeth, Her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor, yea,
she reacheth, forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household— with scarlet.
all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
her husband, is known in the gates. when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth, with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and
eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise
up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her
many daughters. have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but
A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.




Whitney Rio-Ross graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2015. Her writing has appeared in Rock & Sling, The Cresset, Gravel, The Windhover, and elsewhere. She teaches English as an adjunct at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband Joshua, another YDS alum.