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BRANCH, Robin Gallaher. Proverbs 31:10-31: A passage containing wisdom principles for a successful marriage. Koers (Online) [online]. 2012, vol.77, n.2, pp.1-9. ISSN 2304-8557.

Most commentators see Proverbs 31:10-31 as an acrostic poem about an ideal wife. True, the passage presents an exemplary woman, a paragon of industry and excellence. However, this article looks at this passage in a new way: it assert that the poem depicts an excellent, successful, working marriage. The passage contains principles contained in Wisdom Literature that apply to success in any relationship - especially the most intimate one of all. A careful reading of Proverbs' concluding poem provides a glimpse, via the specific details it shares, of a healthy, happy, ongoing, stable marriage as observed over a span of time.

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