Proverbs 31:10-31 This final section of the book of Proverbs is structured as an acrostic. In this case, the acrostic is alphabetical- the verse Hebrew letter of each verse is the next letter of the alphabet- aleph, beth, gimel, daleth, etc. In English, this would equate to vs. 10 beginning with A, vs. 11 beginning with B, vs. 12 beginning with C, and so on. This literary device is intended to render this poem all the more memorable.
Let me also mention that there is a presupposition to this poem- the husband is doing his job of providing regular and substantial income, so the wife is free to do her job of ordering her home rightly. Waltke: “…the husband has founded the home on a sound economic foundation (24:27); within that context his wife can settle down and function to her maximum capacity.”[i] Last week we looked at the first four attributes of this woman, and now we will consider the final six.
[i] Waltke pg. 520