Ruth Bible Study Week 7

Free Ruth Bible Study Week 7: How to Become Virtuous

In this free Ruth Bible study week 7, we will look at passages in Ruth 3:11 and Proverbs 31:10-31. This will help you step back and get a bird’s eye view of the book of Ruth and what kind of woman she was.

When we speak of Ruth as a virtuous woman, it calls us to examine the woman mentioned in Proverbs 31. We will sift through that passage this week to learn more about how Ruth embodied this woman.

Please don’t just skim through the words about the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, even if you have studied them many times before. Take a minute to truly focus on her traits. Think about how you can follow Ruth’s example and be a woman like her.

Do you have what it takes to fill these shoes? Can you make a goal that after this study, you will strive to be like these women (Ruth and the Proverbs 31 woman)?

How can you shine your light as a Proverbs 31 woman?

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Day 31 – Being a Virtuous Woman

While the exact meaning of Proverbs 31 is debated amongst scholars, focus on the meaning of a virtuous woman. Ruth was described as one in Ruth 3:11

As you read the word that describes her in Proverbs 31:10, think about your life. Has anyone ever referred to you as precious, valuable, or virtuous? What reputation or idea does the world have of you? If you’ve ever received a compliment, you should know you are valuable!

If you do not believe anyone has ever thought of you as valuable, imagine the two of us sitting at a coffee shop, getting past that initial small talk, and diving into the troubles on our hearts. As you share your life story with me, know I am listening intently.

Now, as tears run down your face when you bare your soul and talk about your biggest fears, regrets, and challenges, your past is exposed. You have told me of “the cross you carry.” 

Next, imagine receiving a big hug – a warm embrace that might last longer than you’d expect.

While we may never meet face to face, you are prayed for, loved, and valuable. Jesus was there at our imaginary coffee house. He was present, and He joined in the hug that let you know that you are not alone. He is here right now, telling you that you are valuable!!

You do not have to be a “wife,” “mother,” or “perfect” to be a Proverbs 31 woman. What does it say in the beginning (Proverbs 31:10)? It asks a question. 

It implies such a woman does not exist, so please do not feel that you need to “measure up” to be like this woman or even like Ruth!

You are valuable!

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Day 32 – The Husband of a Wife Like This

As we’ve been looking at Ruth in comparison or as an example of the Proverbs 31 woman, we realize she is valuable. Another way to say this is by calling her virtuous or noble.

While you can probably think of the many reasons a husband could benefit from a noble wife, what does the Bible say about this woman? Read Proverbs 31:11-12. As you chew on those words, keep in mind what Boaz said about Ruth in Ruth 3:11.

If he is referring to her as a virtuous woman and Proverbs 31 defines what that is, these two verses (Proverbs 31:11-12) help us see why Boaz would want to be the redeemer of Ruth. He would also have in mind Naomi since the two women came as a package.

Based on this information, Boaz would have thought about what it would entail to be a husband to Ruth. Since he was a wealthy businessman, we know he was smart and made good choices. Therefore, he likely considered all possibilities before making this promise to Ruth (Ruth 3:13).

Qualities or traits were typically more important than looks in those days, but being the vast differences in their ages, Ruth was probably nice-looking compared to a woman who was as old as Boaz. However, we can’t help but take notice of her attributes that we know to be valuable.

Couples are often asked why they chose one another. If your spouse (or future spouse) were asked why they picked you, what would they say? What would you say if the question was reversed?

Read more on marriage in 1 Peter 3:1-6 and Colossians 3:18-24

How do you measure up?

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Day 33 – How She Proved to Be One Hard Worker

We’ve already established that Ruth was a hard worker. She would likely outshine the clearing and work routine we have today without a doubt. She’d apply herself in such a helpful way.

One of the beautiful elements of this story is how she wasn’t really “handed” anything. She worked hard for the food for her family. We know Boaz wanted to ensure that she and Naomi were provided for, but she continued to work.

Ruth certainly knew how to achieve her goals regarding provision and obedience. How does this relate to the Proverbs 31 woman? Does this make Ruth a Proverbs 31 woman?

Read Proverbs 31:13-24. In your notes, make an answer sheet to the question, “What makes a Proverbs 31 woman a hard worker?” How was each “duty” or “task” beneficial to her family? How does that relate to the workforce today?

Depending on the Bible translation that you use, your list might look something like this:

  • She brings food from afar (Proverbs 31:14 NLT). When I shop for my family, I follow this task or duty.
  • She is energetic (verse 17), and I am a very energetic person once I have caffeine and precious alone time with God.
  • She helps the poor (verse 20). I am currently running a women’s ministry that helps those who cannot afford to purchase items that might encourage their faith.

This is not an all-inclusive list, as the Proverbs 31 woman says many things about her. You can easily make a list like this by (1) reading your favorite translation, (2) summarizing what is being said, (3) listing the verse address from the Bible, and (4) applying it to your life.

Are you a Proverbs 31 woman?

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Day 34 – Strength and Dignity

When you read Proverbs 31:25-27, what kind of woman do you imagine? Is it someone who walks around happily laughing at life? Does she always know the right things to say to motivate others to accomplish tasks? Is she perpetually in motion – always busy?

While some of that might be close to what is referred to in these verses, it is more likely that she is viewed in an admirable, positive role within her family – not that saying the right things and speaking with authority to encourage the paths of others are bad! This is just different.

In Luke 10:38-42, we read the story of Mary and Martha. This is possibly the most profound example of busyness explained in the Bible. We all have a little bit of Martha in us – that tendency to think about what needs to be done next instead of savoring the moment.

If you are at complete peace, you surely know someone who possesses this trait. Women often do not see the busy spirit in themselves. This rushed perspective of always thinking “next” will rob you of peace, joy, and a thankful heart.

These tips might help you have more dignity and strength and less fear and chaos as you serve your family. 

  • Be confident that tomorrow will take care of itself (Matthew 6:34).
  • Seek wisdom before taking action (James 1:5).
  • Pray about your daily concerns (Philippians 4:6-7).
  • Make it a point to always stay on guard against the enemy (1 Peter 5:8).
  • Look at your gifts and talents for strengths and guidance (Nehemiah 8:10).
  • Always strive to do God’s Will over yours (Psalm 25:4-5).

What traits will you pray about today?

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Day 35 – Fear the Lord: An Act of Love and Gratitude

I hope you’ve enjoyed our discussion of the Proverbs 31 woman! Do you see how this woman is a description of Ruth?

As you read the last few verses about this woman in Proverbs 31:28-31, note the phrase “fears the Lord.” 

When have you been afraid? How do you act when fear has consumed your spirit? Think about the things that scare you. 

Frequently, we practice avoidance when faced with fear. We’d prefer to have it “out of sight” so that it is out of our minds.

That kind of fear is not quite what the Lord wants from us. He does not want you to think that all hope is lost and there is little use in restoring a relationship with Him. Fear is not part of the gift that God gave when He offered us to be a part of His family. Fear should not drive our actions.

The “fear of the Lord” referred to in the Bible involves respect, reverence, awe, and worship. This kind of fear in a relationship is a treasure, as you now realize God’s wonderful grace, mercy, and love as beautiful gifts. 

The results of this kind of fear include having an obedient, kind spirit where you serve God with all your heart, soul, and might. You do not act out of fear; rather, you act out of love and appreciation. This becomes part of you as your faith grows.

If you’re struggling with this, here are a few tips. 

  • Do not put anything above the Lord. 
  • Don’t get so familiar with God that He becomes “a habit” you check off daily. 
  • Spend time in prayer and meditation, really connecting with our Savior. 
  • Push through any barriers hindering your faith.
  • Remember that you are His child, and nothing can separate you from His love!

Related: Create a Radical Habit in Your Spiritual Life

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Ruth Bible Study Week 7: Days 31-35 Biblework

For Ruth Bible study week 7, the daily Biblework will provide you with the Bible verses from that day’s lesson. Read those each day. “Additional reading” will have extra Scriptures that you should try to read daily. Some questions may come from both places. 

Day 31 – Biblework

Today’s Verses: Ruth 3:11; Proverbs 31

Read the following additional verse(s): Job 28:18; Psalm 73:23-26; Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 19:14; Matthew 6:25-33

Answer these questions: 

  1. While it varies depending on the translation, what word is Ruth described as in Ruth 3:11?
  2. How do you think you are virtuous or valuable?
  3. How have others told you that you are valuable to them?
  4. Do you need to reach out to someone to let them know their value? Do so today!
  5. Where does a prudent wife come from, according to Proverbs 19:14? In what ways has God proven to you that you are valuable?

Day 32 – Biblework

Today’s Verses: Ruth 3:11; Ruth 3:13; Proverbs 31:11-12; Colossians 3:18-24; 1 Peter 3:1-6

Read the following additional verse(s): Proverbs 18:22; Luke 6:27-36; Ephesians 5:21-24

Answer these questions: 

  1. What can the husband of the Proverbs 31 woman expect?
  2. According to 1 Peter 3, how are women to appear?
  3. What do you think Boaz expected if he were to become the redeemer of the story?
  4. In what ways would it be a blessing to get both Ruth and Naomi upon marriage?
  5. If you were setting up two friends (Ruth and Boaz) on a blind date and knew them well, what would make you think they would be a dynamite match?

Day 33 – Biblework

Today’s Verses: Ruth 1-4 (An Overview of the Book); Proverbs 31

Read the following additional verse(s): Psalm 128:2; Proverbs 14:23; Proverbs 16:3; Romans 12:11; Galatians 6:9; Philippians 2:12-15; 1 Timothy 5:8; 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Answer these questions: 

  1. In your first cross-reference verse (Proverbs 16:3), what does the Bible say that we need to do to have success?
  2. Can you see how the elements of Philippians 2:2-15 set the way we should go? Who will help us during our work dilemmas?
  3. According to Galatians 6, what will happen if we remain steadfast?
  4. What “prize” awaits us (2 Timothy 4)?
  5. How does Ruth emulate the traits of a Proverbs 31 woman, based on what you’ve read in Proverbs 31:13-24?

Day 34 – Biblework

Today’s Verses: Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 25:4-5; Proverbs 31:25-27; Matthew 6:34; Luke 10:38-42; Philippians 4:6-7; James 1:5; 1 Peter 5:8

Read the following additional verse(s): Psalm 29:11; Psalm 139:23-24

Answer these questions: 

  1. Do you enjoy staying busy? Is this taking time away from God?
  2. How did Jesus reply to Martha when she explained her frustrations?
  3. What are the similarities you learned today between the Proverbs 31 woman and Ruth?
  4. What tips have helped you in the past when you wanted to have more dignity and strength?
  5. Do you tend to act more like Martha or Mary in the story we find in the book of Luke? Explain.

Day 35 – Biblework

Today’s Verses: Ruth 1-3; Proverbs 31:28-31

Read the following additional verse(s): Deuteronomy 10:12; 1 Samuel 12:24; Proverbs 8:13; Romans 8:38-39

Answer these questions: 

  1. What should we do when we “fear the Lord” (read the cross-reference Scriptures)?
  2. Are there things that hinder your faith right now? How can you resolve these issues?
  3. What traits do the Proverbs 31 woman and Ruth share?
  4. How are you walking in obedience? How are you an example to others?
  5. What gets you “on fire” for God, and how can you include that ignitor in your daily walk?
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Ruth Bible Study Week 7: Digging Deeper Days 31-35

In the Digging Deeper section, you will have a bonus activity so that you can dig deeper into the lesson. While optional, it is in your best interest to do all activities. You get what you put into your study.

Day 31 – Digging Deeper

In Proverbs 31:10, we read that this woman is excellent and precious (ESV). Another word used for precious is worth. Do word studies on “excellent” and “worth.” What insights do you gain? Do you recall what the name Boaz means? How does strength relate to these words?

Day 32 – Digging Deeper

Look at the age difference between Boaz and Ruth. Having a difference like this can prove problematic today. List the reasons these two might be okay with a huge age difference and why this could be a difficult barrier. Research what you can of the actual age difference in years.

Day 33 – Digging Deeper

Work is a subject many of us find essential because money is a chief concern. For the times when you are overwhelmed, make a prayer or verse list of things you will ask God for during those trials. For example, rely more on God’s Will, read Philippians 4, and/or take baby steps.

Day 34 – Digging Deeper

Anxiety is a common problem today. The world’s definition of anxiety is much different than that of the Bible (merimnaō). Do a Greek word study for this word as it is used in Philippians 4. How would you describe anxiety from the Bible? How does this differ from the world’s view?

Day 35 – Digging Deeper

How does Job describe the “fear of the Lord (Job 28:28)?” Look up the following verses and add to your notes what you learn about the phrase “fear of the Lord.” Read Psalms 2:11, 22:23, 25:14, 19:9-10, and 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, 1:29, 2:5, 8:13, and 14:26-27, and Isaiah 33:6.

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Ruth Bible Study Week 7: Conclusion

In Ruth Bible study week 7, we learn all about how to become virtuous. We have thoroughly studied the Proverbs 31 woman. If you would like to grab a FREE printable on the Proverbs 31 woman, head over to the Shop!

Do you think you are a Proverbs 31 woman? In what ways are you virtuous? How will you allow this week’s lessons to change you? How can you take a risk and act out your faith?

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