Proverbs 31:19-24 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
The virtues of the woman in this story continue here with her diligence, thriftiness, and charity. She handles the wool and makes with it, warm garments of scarlet. Not only does she make enough for her own family to stay warm, but she works to minister to the needs of others as well. She enjoys using the abilities God has given her.
Many modern bible translations have looked at the term scarlet and said, because it is a color that is double dyed for its depth and richness this word must mean double garments to keep warm. However, nowhere else in scripture is it translated as anything other than scarlet. The word directs us to the origin of the color. In eastern cultures scarlet was obtained from a worm like insect called “Tola, or the Crimson Grub.” When crushed and boiled it would produce a deep rich crimson color used most often for the absolute best wool. Because of the labor and time to produce garments died in scarlet, this color was looked upon as the color of royalty. Today’s verse is referring to the fact that this woman has provided the very best she could for her family.
It is this “Worm” or “Tola” Christ is likened to in Psalm 22:6. We are told there of the torturous and inhumane method of execution by which Christ will shed His precious crimson blood. It is by that blood our sins are washed away and we are clothed in garments of righteousness. Not in our own righteousness, but in the righteousness of Christ. He provided the very best for His own, as did the precious woman in Chapter 31.
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