Sorry it's been so long, I'll get back on track with verse 25:
25) Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.
Modern: I really struggled with this one. At first glance I take it to mean that her clothes are strong and she wears them with honor, meaning with high esteem and respect. Respectable clothing is most definitely what a lady should wear!
What about the rest of the verse: "She shall rejoice in time to come." Does this go along with her clothing? Any help?
26) She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Modern: She is always ready to give godly advice. She wants to see her husband do well and is ready to give advice when asked. Her children obey her instruction as they trust her to know what is best for them.
I believe the last part is really destroyed when parents try to bribe their children so that when the parent instructs them to do something the children refuse to obey if no reward is in store. If a reward was offered and the parent doesn't uphold, which often happens in bribes, then the parent has lost the child's trust, and their own creditability. When a mother instructs her child to do something, the child should trust the mother knows what is best and obey her.
27) She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Modern: She is very up-to-date on what is going on in her home. Who's watching what on TV, or which child is feeling down. She doesn't have to depend on the babysitter's accounts to know what her children are experiencing.
Also, she is not lazy. She uses her time wisely (yikes!) and does what is necessary to remain on task! No soap operas!
Which of these verses are do you find the most difficult?
For me it is verse 26, not wait, 27......actually it's both.
26: I think sometimes I give biased advice to tailor to the advice-seekers desires rather than what God's Word says.
27: I often don't make good use of my time, okay, I ALMOST never make good use of my time. It's really a problem for me that needs serious attention!