Much has been said and written, and much misunderstood about what God's word
says about women's roles. Without commentary, I am simply providing some
passages; however, this is not meant to be an exhaustive listing. The Bible
is very balanced in showing different callings, and I have prayerfully attempted
to choose passages that will show that balance.
Proverbs 31:10-30, selected verses (NASB) 10
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no
lack of gain. 12 he does him good and not evil All the days of
her life. 13 She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands
in delight...20 She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches
out her hands to the needy...24-26 She makes linen garments and
sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are
her clothing, And she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Judges 4:4-5 (NASB) Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife
of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the
palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim;
and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment.
Luke 2:36-38 (NASB) And there was a prophetess, Anna
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years
and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as
a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night
and day with fastings and prayers. At that very moment she came up and began
giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were
looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
1 Timothy 5:14-16 (NASB) Therefore, I want younger widows
to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion
for reproach; for some have already turned aside to follow Satan. If any
woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the
church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows
Titus 2:3-5 (NASB) Likewise, teach the older women to
be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much
wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to
love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy
at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one
will malign the word of God.
Romans 16:1-3 (NASB) I commend to you our sister Phoebe,
who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her
in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever
matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of
many, and of myself as well. Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in
Acts 2:16-18 (NASB) No, this is what was spoken by the
prophet Joel: "`In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on
all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see
visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and
women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy