She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. … She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. (Proverbs 31:21-22, 24)
This part of her description shows us more about the kind of work she does. We already knew about her wool and flax and about her weaving it into cloth. Here we go again. So why do we need our faces rubbed in it some more?
This part adds quality. She doesn’t just get by. She makes quality cloth so she doesn’t need to be afraid of the snow. Her family will be warm. She makes bed coverings that will keep them warm at night. And her work is of such quality that those looking for merchandise to sell come to her.
In those days, scarlet and purple were special. She didn’t just get by and clothe her family. She added special little touches like color. And linen was an up-scale fabric, too. This whole piece adds up to a well cared for family and more …
Caring for physical needs is necessary. She did the kinds of little things that made each person feel special—to let them know they were in her thoughts. And that’s timeless!