A Woman of Valor, called Eshet Chayil in Hebrew, is a timeless
hymn that is a tribute to women.
The poem describes the woman of valor as one who is energetic, righteous, and
capable. It was originally composed by Abraham as a eulogy for his wife
Sarah and is a lovely poem for Mother's Day or any day to honor your favorite woman.
According to Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah, the poem is a reference to the Shabbat
Queen, the spiritual soul-mate of the Jewish nation.
It has become a Jewish custom for men to recite this hymn at the end of the week, and thus to think about and be thankful for all his wife has done for him
and their family throughout the past week.
A Woman of Valor
An accomplished woman, who can find? Her value is far beyond
Her husband's heart relies on her and he shall lack no fortune.
She does him good and not evil, all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax, and works with her hands willingly.
She is like the merchant ships, she brings her bread from afar.
She arises while it is still night, and gives food to her household and a
portion to her maidservants.
She plans for a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands she plants a
She girds her loins in strength, and makes her arms strong.
She knows that her merchandise is good. Her candle does not go out at night.
She sets her hands to the distaff, and holds the spindle in her hands.
She extends her hands to the poor, and reaches out her hand to the needy.
She fears not for her household because of snow, because her whole household is
She makes covers for herself, her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known at the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes a cloak and sells it, and she delivers aprons to the merchant.
Strength and honor are her clothing, she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the lesson of kindness is on her tongue.
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of
Her children rise and praise her, her husband lauds her.
Many women have done worthily, but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears God shall be
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.