Mother's Day Response Reading
Based on Proverbs 31:10-31; Proverbs 14:1; Genesis 2:18; 1 Timothy 5:14
Leader: "An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Congregation: Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."
Leader: She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships. She brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household, and portions to her maidens.
Unison: The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
Leader: She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night.
Congregation: She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches out her hands to the needy.
Leader: She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Unison: Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.
Leader: She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Congregation: Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying, "Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all."
Leader: Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach.
Unison: Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates."
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