Proverbs 31 Wife Of Bath

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Proverbs 31 describes a woman who has become the standard of a Godly wife. She works hard, manages her household well, and reflects well on her husband. In Canterbury Tales, Chaucer tells the story of the Wife of Bath, who also lives an outwardly honorable life. However, she shows glimpses of her true character throughout her introduction. Chaucer’s Wife of Bath does not live a life that mimics the Proverbs 31 woman, as shown in her speech and attitude.
In her introduction, Chaucer speaks of how she gave to the poor. He says that the Wife always wanted to give first, before all the other women. However, Chaucer also mentions that when other women gave before her, she would become upset and not donate. This shows that she did not just give because she cared about the poor, although that may have played a part. Much of the Wife’s motivation came from the desire to look the most Godly. Proverbs 31:20 (NIV) says “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” This woman gives without conditions, not just monetarily but also giving love and support. Even though the Wife of Bath appears to give generously, her gifts have roots in pride and desire for status.
Even though she had gained much experience from her life, the Wife does not use her words well. She had traveled to many different places, including Jerusalem and Rome, which could
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Instead of using her life, experiences, and resources to glorify God, she makes them into a claim for attention and praise. This Wife should take head Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”. Although the Wife does not currently glorify God with her life, she very easily could turn her selfish desires into an incredible testimony of God’s goodness. Her life and the life of the Proverbs 31 woman have many differences, but through God anybody can
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