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May 2020

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To the world, diamonds could almost become cliché when it comes to marriage. But God is never cliché. He created diamonds as marvelous examples of extreme beauty combined with extreme strength. To this day, diamonds are the most valuable, precious gems of all the gemstones. And what does the Bible have to say about gems? Proverbs 31:10 says, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” A diamond’s value—its preciousness and its rarity—is far above rubies. The "Amplified Bible, Classic Edition," says it this way, “A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman—who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.” This virtuous woman is the diamond in your household of faith. Master Gem in Your Household If the value of a diamond is far above the value of all other gemstones, we can infer the diamond is over all the other gems. Isaiah 54:11-12 says, “I will set your stones in fair colors [in antimony to enhance their brilliance] and lay your foundations with sapphires. And I will make your windows and pinnacles of [sparkling] agates or rubies, and your gates of [shining] carbuncles, and all your walls [of your enclosures] of precious stones” ("AMPC"). When it says foundations, windows, gates and walls, it is literally talking about your home and your household! These gems in your household are what the master gem—your diamond—will be over. These are the gems that the Lord furnishes your diamond with to build a household. Your home and your family are designed, built and equipped with each of these gems, and the diamond is set at the top. In fact, at the beginning of the verse, the Lord talks about the “setting” of the jewels. The setting has two primary purposes. First, the setting is to enhance the stone’s brilliance. A high-quality diamond has many facets; the setting is therefore important to enhance the appearance of the diamond. The many facets affect the reflection and refraction of light; the color and purity of the setting affects the color and appearance of the diamond itself. Verse 11 says to enhance the stones to “enhance their brilliance.” This refers to how the Egyptian women would use powdered antimony as eye makeup which, when applied around the eyes, made the appearance of their eyes stand out. The second purpose of a jewel’s setting is a functional purpose. Particularly when choosing an appropriate setting for a valuable gem, such as a diamond, it is vital to select a setting which keeps the stone secure in its location. If the setting is damaged or weakened, you run the possibility of losing a very valuable asset. Notice what the scripture says will happen when the diamond is in its proper setting: “And all your children shall be disciples [taught by the Lord and obedient to His will], and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children. You shall establish yourself in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God's will and order): you shall be far from even the thought of oppression or destruction, for you shall not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near you” (verses 13-14, "AMPC"). Verse 13 begins with the conjunction and. A conjunction takes what comes before it and connects it with what follows. When the stones and gems are in their place, when the diamond is brilliantly and securely set, when the foundations, windows, gates, walls and borders are laid with their gemstones, then all your children shall be taught of the Lord and be obedient to His will. Then great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children. Because you establish yourself in righteousness, you will be far from the thought of oppression or destruction, for you shall not fear, and terror shall not come near you. BVOV : 23

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