Clothing is a billion dollar industry, especially for women, due to necessity, comfort, and also a little pride. We want to look good. It was no different in Bible times; women chose color and fabrics to fit their status and desires. Let’s look at the clothing of Ishah Chayil, this valiant woman of Pv. 31.
Verse 22 directs our attention to coverings (in Hebrew). Mentioned in verse 21 as scarlet (a picture of depth and strength) we can now target the meaning. Women who are mighty warriors have learned to cover or clothe themselves as they battle for their families and friends. These spiritual coverings of fine linen and purple have symbolic meanings. We’ll deal with linen in verse 24, for that reason let’s concentrate on purple. This color depicts royalty, authority, wealth, and kingship. Ishah Chayil knows her position in this world and has learned how to use it to benefit her family; she clothes herself every day, not only outwardly but spiritually.
Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:14a NLT
That’s the kind of clothing I want to wear every day because Jesus is my King: I am clothed in purple. Interestingly, the armor of God from Eph. 6 is my covering as I militantly and forcefully pray for my loved ones.
Verse 23 focuses our attention on knowing; the men in Ishah Chayil’s life are discovered over time and through the experience of others. They have become known and respected in the workplace since they are covered in prayer. Her influence within the family is unmistakeable; she’s a prayer warrior. These men have earned public respect due to her prayers but also her words of wisdom regarding them. She doesn’t complain, devalue, or downgrade them in front of others; she commends them. Whether it’s your father, husband, or boss you’re discussing, learn from Ishah Chayil.
The fine linen of verse 24 indicates purity and holiness; it was the fabric of the priestly undergarment, tunic, and sash. This expensive linen was also worn by wealthy women who desired to show their status. Ishah Chayil is not focused on her outward clothing but her desire is to be inwardly pure and holy since she is a queen and an intercessor.
… and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:6 ESV
It’s not accidental that the apostle John wrote of a ‘spiritual Babylon’ in his warning using the images of scarlet, fine linen, and purple.
Alas, alas, for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold, with jewels, and with pearls! For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste. Revelation 18:16-17a ESV
Put on a new outfit today; you’ll look great!
And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. Galatians 3:27 NLT