Windows of St Bede’s – A Capable Wife
In memory of Jane Marshall Gibbon, wife of James Gibbon, who passed away December 22nd 1923.
The key to this window is the Bible quotation in the scroll: “Her children arise up and call her blessed”. It comes from an Ode to a Capable Wife in Proverbs 31. Sometimes “capable” is translated as “virtuous” or “noble”
Some excerpts from The Proverbs 31 Woman: The More-Than-Capable by Mark d. Roberts (March 19, 2019 • DE PREE JOURNAL)
Proverbs 31 . . . exalts a woman of superior might, godly wisdom, and business success. It shows how a strong woman can flourish even in a patriarchal culture.
Dr. Deborah Gill writes: “The virtuous woman of Proverbs is known by the nature of her work. In her own businesses, the text describes her in roles of buyer, purchasing agent, and production manager. She is a manufacturer, designer, supplier, and importer. She manages people, invests in real estate, trades, and develops agriculture. In a period of history much different from our own, this Bible woman is an entrepreneur. She organizes and operates her own businesses and takes on greater than normal financial risk in order to do so.”
The woman gets the spotlight because of her extraordinary accomplishments, diverse capabilities, and boundless energy.
We suggest you read the whole poem. Proverbs 31.