She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night.
These passages not only speaks of hard work and diligence, but also of strength, wisdom and skill. The picture here is of a hard working woman, who is wise and uses her wisdom to manage well the family resources and money. In addition, she not only assures her family is cared for, but also has the knowledge to obtain or create what her family needs. The fact that this passage mentions, “her lamp does not go out at night,” is a figurative way of speaking of hard work. It refers to not only putting in a long day’s work, but also diligence to ensure things are done correctly and done the right way and made with quality.
Moreover, the bigger picture being painted for us here shows how the wife and mother not only brings honor to her home and husband. But is also profitable, contributing to the wealth of the home and her family. We have to remember this was an agricultural society, and the picture being painted here is of the wife managing and running the family business as the husband and children handled the crops and livestock. It shows the wife as a valuable partner with her husband, not only building family wealth, but also creating stability and a loving environment that values honest work. In other words, it shows us the large amount of work required to manage a godly home and the value of a mother and a wife to her family.