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Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Proverbs Woman, Pt. 1

April 14, 2009

I. A general enquiry after such a one (Pro_31:10), where observe, 1. The person enquired after, and that is a virtuous womana woman of strength (so the word is), though the weaker vessel, yet made strong by wisdom and grace, and the fear of God: it is the same word that is used in the character of good judges (Exo_18:21), that they are able men, men qualified for the business to which they are called, men of truth, fearing God. So it follows, A virtuous woman is a woman of spirit, who has the command of her own spirit and knows how to manage other people’s, one that is pious and industrious, and a help meet for a man. In opposition to this strength, we read of the weakness of the heart of an imperious whorish woman, Eze_16:30. A virtuous woman is a woman of resolution, who, having espoused good principles, is firm and steady to them, and will not be frightened with winds and clouds from any part of her duty.

2. The difficulty of meeting with such a one: Who can find her? This intimates that good women are very scarce, and many that seem to be so do not prove so; he that thought he had found a virtuous woman was deceived; Behold, it was Leah, and not the Rachel he expected. But he that designs to marry ought to seek diligently for such a one, to have this principally in his eye, in all his enquiries, and to take heed that he be not biassed by beauty or gaiety, wealth or parentage, dressing well or dancing well; for all these may be and yet the woman not be virtuous, and there is many a woman truly virtuous who yet is not recommended by these advantages.

 

3. The unspeakable worth of such a one, and the value which he that has such a wife ought to put upon her, showing it by his thankfulness to God and his kindness and respect to her, whom he must never think he can do too much for. Her price is far above rubies, and all the rich ornaments with which vain women adorn themselves. The more rare such good wives are the more they are to be valued. 

 

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Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Proverbs Woman, Introduction

April 14, 2009

The description of a virtuous woman, especially in the relation of a wife and the mistress of a family, which Lemuel’s mother drew up, not as an encomium of herself, though, no doubt, it was her own true picture, but either as an instruction to her daughters, as the foregoing verses were to her son, or as a direction to her son in the choice of a wife; she must be chaste and modest, diligent and frugal, dutiful to her husband, careful of her family, discreet in her discourse, and in the education of her children, and, above all, conscientious in her duty to God: such a one as this, if he can find her, will make him happy.

This description of the virtuous woman is designed to show what wives the women should make and what wives the men should choose; it consists of twenty-two verses, each beginning with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order, as some of the Psalms, which makes some think it was no part of the lesson which Lemuel’s mother taught him, but a poem by itself, written by some other hand, and perhaps had been commonly repeated among the pious Jews, for the ease of which it was made alphabetical. We have the abridgment of it in the New Testament (1Ti_2:9, 1Ti_2:10, 1Pe_3:1-6), where the duty prescribed to wives agrees with this description of a good wife; and with good reason is so much stress laid upon it, since it contributes as much as any one thing to the keeping up of religion in families, and the entail of it upon posterity, that the mothers be wise and good; and of what consequence it is to the wealth and outward prosperity of a house every one is sensible. He that will thrive must ask his wife leave.

What’s for supper?

April 11, 2009
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Salmon & Tuna Patties

I tweaked a recipe I found for Maryland Crabcakes a few years ago, and started making these…my family loves them!

1 can salmon (I use Double “Q” Pink Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon)

1 sm. can tuna (I use Van Camp’s Chunk White Albacore)

4 T. thinly sliced green onions

1/2 t. fresh thyme (pinch the leaves off) A tedious little task but worth it!

1 t. yellow mustard

2 eggs

2 T. mayonnaise

1/2 c. (+ 1 cup reserved for dredging) bread crumbs

1 T. cornmeal

1 T. flour

1 t. baking powder

pinch of salt

olive oil and vegetable oil mixed, for frying

I save the heels of bread in a plastic bag in the freezer, and when I make recipes calling for bread crumbs I toss a couple into the blender.

Mix everything well in a medium size bowl. Heat oils. Make patties to desired size, dredge in bread crumbs, place carefully in hot oils, fry until bottoms are golden brown before turning so they won’t fall apart. Turn, fry until golden brown. Take out, place on paper towels for draining. Makes about a dozen patties. Only four are pictured, and you’re lucky I got a pic of them, before they were eaten! 😉

Serve hot with your choice of condiments on buns, or however you like.

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When we eat them as sandwiches, I like to use small brown and serve dinner rolls instead of hamburger buns. They’re the perfect size for us. Not too much bread even if you eat 2-3 of them! Imagine eating 2-3 hamburger buns, the bread alone would fill you up and make you plump….LOL (I’m plump, but not from bread) 😛

I also made a salad with lettuce, green onions, chopped cauliflower, sliced radishes, and seedless grapes.

NO pic….It was gobbled up too fast!

Another frugal meal for us. We used green onions that my step father gave us, eggs from our chickens, thyme I grew, bread I saved, and baking powder I made.

We saved some of the onions awhile back he gave us, and we planted them this week. So we’ll have “plenty” soon!

Okay, I’m off to rest and relax while the guys are off doing something or other…

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Happy Easter…

April 10, 2009

Click to enlarge and print these Easter cards.

HAPPY EASTER!

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Busy day, again…

April 9, 2009

We worked in the garden planting onions, and hoeing, fed the chickens and horses, had fun watching our new biddies, and listening to our rooster (that we thought was a capon?) crowing…LONG story, go visit my other BLOG to read about it. I’m good at getting the cart ahead of the horse, (it’s not written yet)…LOL It will be shortly. I was trying to get pics of the biddies but my batteries went dead! Anyway, all of this before 10:30am!! Then we boned out (or I should say my husband boned out) the leftover venison roast (whole hindquarter). We had sandwiches for lunch, and I’m making bar-b-qued sandwiches on buns for supper tonight, along with some steamed veggies (cauliflower, zucchini, carrots) and a green salad…Then we headed for town to run a few errands, got some batteries, came back, went back out to take pics of the biddies. They are just too cute, and FAST little things! They’re only a week and a half old and they have wings already. Okay, see the pics on my other blog.

And here are some pics of the cute things my daughter in law gave to me!

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Yellow polka dot tea towel, kitchen towel set, rubber duckie cake topper from her baby shower in NY, and a box of candy (party favor)…Ahe also gave me a bag of scrumptious chocolates and set of purple flowered pajamas! Isn’t she the sweetest thing???

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April 8, National Start! Walking Day…

April 7, 2009

020801_1620_0039_lslsNational Start! Walking Day

Get inspired and get encouragement to start walking!

http://www.mystartonline.org/

new pretties…

April 7, 2009

I’m doing a hat project!

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My little honey bear…

More pics late after I have done a little more embellishment.

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These are Toy Brooms…made by a local company! I’m going to put some little spring touches on them. Will post pics later.