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I see this phrase violently clinging to many social media bios of young, (typically) single Christians: “I want to be/I am looking for a Proverbs 31 woman.” Every time I read this, something inside me cringes. I love it, I read it and I actively try to do what it says.

Now, in case you need a recap, this hypothetical woman in Proverbs 31 is skillful in a lot of different things (If you’re not familiar with the passage, you can read it here). According to the chapter, she wakes up super early, has great biceps, buys property, wears a lot of purple, cares for her kids, cares for the poor, keeps her home warm at night and doesn’t eat carbs.

Each day has a Scripture reference to take you through the whole Bible in 365 days.

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The following reading plan is a great option for personal or family devotions.

Each day you will read five Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs.

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Maybe you, like me, read this passage and think to yourself . And how would that be possible if every woman is different?

If you’ve read the whole book of Proverbs, you’ll realize that wisdom is consistently referred to as “she.” As the final chapter, the analogy of a woman is used to depict a tangible example of wisdom in action. If you notice, the only instruction in the chapter is given to men in the last verse, “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Rachel Held Evans writes that in her research for her book, , she learned that in Jewish culture, men memorize this chapter as a song of praise to the women in their lives.

But in Western culture, it is instead often prescribed to women as a task list to fulfill.

Fortunately for all of us, wisdom works for everyone.

The book of Proverbs is a collection of essays, poems, and sayings expressing the wisdom of ancient Israel. Jeremiah refers to the priest, the wise, and the prophet as leaders in Israel; the book of Proverbs is the product of the work of "the wise." One does not need to deal with the big questions each day, like the meaning of life or the problem of evil or why bad things happen to good people. Proverbs is the twentieth book of the Old Testament, falling immediately after Psalms and just before Ecclesiastes. Some of these sayings no doubt originated with Solomon or with those in his court (1 Kings -34; Proverbs 1:1; 10:1; 25:1).