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Updated: Mar 26, 2020

“Eshet Chayil” (A Woman of Valor)

Historically: During Yeshua's time there were men who also drew water from the wells.

Luke 22:10 He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters,"

(It is highly likely that this man was an Essene but that is a different teaching in itself)

The words “Eishet Chayil" has been translated as Woman of Virtue, Woman of Honor but the word in Hebrew ( חיל - Chayil) is better translated "valor". This word for valor used here is in the sense of a warrior.

Another literal translation for the word Chayil is an army!

When we look at Proverbs 31 you will see a very different perspective of a woman that was not the norm in the Middle East then and in most cases even now. It is through The Creator's eyes. He describes a woman who has her own business, her own employees, industrious, honorable, owns her own property and so many other traits of honor. There is a hidden secret within these verses. From verse 10-31 it is called an acrostic poem. This is a poem that is written with successive letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet.

Proverbs 31:10-31 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

א 10 Who can find a capable wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. ב 11 Her husband trusts her from his heart, and she will prove a great asset to him. ג 12 She works to bring him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

ד 13 She procures a supply of wool and flax and works with willing hands. ה 14 She is like those merchant vessels, bringing her food from far away. ו 15 It’s still dark when she rises to give food to her household and orders to the young women serving her.

ז 16 She considers a field, then buys it, and from her earnings she plants a vineyard. ח 17 She gathers her strength around her and throws herself into her work. ט 18 She sees that her business affairs go well; her lamp stays lit at night.

י 19 She puts her hands to the staff with the flax; her fingers hold the spinning rod. כ 20 She reaches out to embrace the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

ל 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; since all of them are doubly clothed. מ 22 She makes her own quilts; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

נ 23 Her husband is known at the city gates when he sits with the leaders of the land. ס 24 She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchants with sashes.

ע 25 Clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come. פ 26 When she opens her mouth, she speaks wisely; on her tongue is loving instruction. צ 27 She watches how things go in her house, not eating the bread of idleness.

ק 28 Her children arise; they make her happy; her husband too, as he praises her: ר 29 “Many women have done wonderful things, but you surpass them all!”

ש 30 Charm can lie, beauty can vanish, but a woman who fears Adonai should be praised. ת 31 Give her a share in what she produces; let her works speak her praises at the city gates.

This section highlights what a Woman of Valor embodies through the eyes of The Creator from the Aleph to the Tav. The central theme in this acrostic poem is the emphasis on Wisdom and the the first gate you must go through to get there. There is an order to all things throughout Scripture and then there are those special ones like this one that hold a richness of revelation and transformation within its words.


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