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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

[10] A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

[11] Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

[12] She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

[13] She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

[14] She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

[15] She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.

[16] She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

[17] She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

[18] She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

[19] In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

[20] She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

[21] When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

[22] She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

[23] Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

[24] She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

[25] She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

[26] She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

[27] She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

[28] Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

[29] "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

[30] Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

[31] Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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