the virtuous wife:...25 strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. 26 she opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 she watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 "many daughters have done well, but you excel them all." 30 charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
a virtuous woman not only cares physically for her home, but she is also a "watchman: over the emotional and spiritual condition of her family [v. 27]...she works willingly with her hands, two kinds of which are mentioned in prov. 31: kaph, symbolizing upturned hands extended in prayer [v. 13], and yad, ministering or serving hands [v. 20]. confident in the God to whom she prays, the effective woman knows she has eternal significance.