Proverbs 31 is often brought up as an example of the role of the good wife. Emphasis is always placed on her value being greater than pearls, on her hard-work and charitable heart.
The chapter is used to illustrate the value of the wife and her role as the keeper of the home.
But this chapter, verses13,16,and 24 all indicate that she is a business woman. She sells garments to sew, she purchases land on her own to plant the vineyard.
Her husband extols her virture, her children praise her work, she is admired by the community for all she does; she is to be rewarded for her labors.
From these verses I gather that the worthy wife is NOT just a stay-at-home mom who keeps the home-fires burning and tends the children.
It seems the worthy wife would also be working, either in or out of the home, to bring in income to support the family, support the community, and give to charity.
As a stay-at-home mom for the last 20 years, I am beginning to question my role here. Should I play an active role in the acquiring income? Where in scripture are we told that the worthy wife/mom does not work for income, but only in maintaining the family home? On what is that model based?