• Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

    Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

    Jesus tried to prepare His followers for what was to come. He told parables to help them understand. One of those parables was the parable of the ten bridesmaids also known as the parable of the ten virgins. Matthew 25 tells the story of ten bridesmaids awaiting the wedding day. The five wise women, knowing… Read more

  • Amos and the Women of Samaria

    Amos and the Women of Samaria

    The Old Testament prophets told it like it was. In Amos 4 the prophet Amos addresses the women of Samaria. “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan,     who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,     who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may… Read more

  • Mother of King Belshazzar

    Mother of King Belshazzar

    King Belshazzar held a great feast for a thousand of her lords. In order to impress his guests, he decided to serve the wine in gold and silver goblets his father had taken out of Jerusalem’s temple. They were having a wild time drinking and praising the gods of gold, silver, iron, wood, and stone,… Read more

  • Lo-Ruhamah Daughter of Gomer

    Lo-Ruhamah Daughter of Gomer

    Hosea the prophet and Gomer daughter of Diblaim, had three children. The first child was a son, and God told Hosea to call him Jezreel which means “God sowed”. Next, they had a daughter they named Lo-Ruhamah, which means “no mercy” and a son named Lo-Ammi which means “not my people”.   Though Hosea and… Read more

  • Women Who Sew Magic Bands

    Women Who Sew Magic Bands

    Ezekiel had no patience for false prophets. In Ezekiel 13:17-18 he warned against women who sew magic bands and veils.  “And you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own hearts. Prophesy against them and say, Thus says the Lord God: Woe to the women… Read more

  • Isaiah’s Wife the Prophetess

    Isaiah’s Wife the Prophetess

    You would think considering Isaiah was such a prominent figure in the Bible and the book of Isaiah is one of the longest books in the Bible with 66 chapters, that there would be plenty of coverage of Isaiah’s wife. In fact, though, she is mentioned only once.  In Isaiah 8:3 we’re told, “Then I… Read more

  • Women as Snares and Nets

    Women as Snares and Nets

    In Ecclesiastes 7:26 we find a symbolic group of women who are referred to as snares and nets to unsuspecting men. “And I find more bitter than death The woman whose heart is snares and nets, Whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God shall escape from her, But the sinner shall be trapped by… Read more

  • King Lemuel’s Mother

    King Lemuel’s Mother

    We tend to look at Proverbs 31 written by King Lemuel’s mother as this impossible to achieve perfection that we must all strive for. It is, in fact, a description of a virtuous woman provided by a mother to her son. But this was not one woman that we’re all trying to imitate. This was… Read more

  • Learning From Job’s Daughters

    Learning From Job’s Daughters

    In the beginning, Job had seven sons and three daughters. Job’s daughters had a close relationship with each other and their brothers and enjoyed spending time together. Job’s Sons and Daughters The sons would hold feasts in their respective houses and invite their sisters to come eat and drink with them. Then, once the feast… Read more

  • Wives From Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab

    Wives From Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab

    After the completion of the wall, Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to evaluate the situation. Unfortunately, he found much that disturbed him including Jewish men who had married wives from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. Nehemiah lamented because the children of these mixed marriages could only speak the language of their mothers. They didn’t speak the language… Read more

  • Daughters of Shallum

    Daughters of Shallum

    The book of Nehemiah tells a beautiful story of the Israelite people rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem.  The once majestic city of Jerusalem was in ruins. Most of the inhabitants had been taken captive, the wall destroyed in the process, leaving the remaining inhabitants susceptible to further attack.  Nehemiah, King Artaxerxes’s cupbearer, took on the… Read more

  • Daughter of Barzillai and Her Levite Husband

    Daughter of Barzillai and Her Levite Husband

    After seventy years of Babylonian captivity, Israelites were allowed to return to Jerusalem. Ezra 2 lists names and numbers of those returning. It’s much like a genealogy list. Then we get to verses 61-62. “Also, of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, and the sons of Barzillai (who… Read more

  • Sheerah in the Bible

    Sheerah in the Bible

    You just never know what you’re going to find hidden among genealogical lists. 1 Chronicles 7:20-29 gives an account of the family and descendants of Joseph’s son Ephraim, but rather just a list of names, it also includes anecdotal information. One son and his family were killed by the men of Gath because they wanted… Read more

  • Mother of Jabez

    Mother of Jabez

    The books of 1 and 2 Chronicles are packed with genealogical lists. It’s easy to skim over them, assuming there’s nothing of interest. But if we take the time to go through them, we can often find interesting tidbits sandwiched between the names. Thus is the case of the Mother of Jabez in 1 Chronicles… Read more

  • Nehushta in the Bible

    Nehushta in the Bible

    Nehushta was the daughter of Elnathan from Jerusalem. She became the wife of Jehoiakim, a wicked king of Judah, and they had a son named Jehoiachin, also known as Coniah, who reigned as king after the death of his father.  Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king. He only reigned for three months,… Read more

  • Abi in the Bible

    Abi in the Bible

    We’ve looked at many wicked women who influenced their husbands away from God. Today we look at Abi, a godly woman married to a wicked man.  The name Abi or Abijah means “My Father is Jehovah” or “The Will of God”. She was the daughter of Zechariah, the wife of King Ahaz, and the mother… Read more

  • The Woman Who Ate Her Son

    The Woman Who Ate Her Son

    During a time of famine in Samaria, the Syrians besieged Samaria, causing acute inflation and desperation within the city walls. With the Syrian army surrounding the capitol city, they were unable to get provisions to the people inside. It got to the point that a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and… Read more

  • Maacah Wife of King Rehoboam

    Maacah Wife of King Rehoboam

    King Rehoboam married eighteen wives and sixty concubines, but of all King Rehoboam’s wives and concubines, he loved Maacah the most. Though she was not his first, she was his favorite. Rehoboam fathered twenty eight sons and sixty daughters. He decided that Maachah’s son Abijam should be his successor, even though Abijam was not the… Read more

  • Naamah in the Bible

    Naamah in the Bible

    King Rehoboam was the son of Solomon and Naamah. Naamah was one of Solomon’s many wives who drew him away from the true God and led him to evil idol worship.  1 Kings 14:21-22 let’s us know that not only did Naamah influence Solomon, but their son Rehoboam as well.  2 Chronicles 12:13-14 reiterates that… Read more

  • Jeroboam’s Wife

    Jeroboam’s Wife

    King Jeroboam was an evil man. He brought idol worship to a new level. He made priests out of every class of people. Whoever wanted to be a priest, he consecrated, and he became one of the priests of the high places where they worshipped their idols. Then his son Abijah got sick. Since Jeroboam… Read more

  • Wives of Solomon

    Wives of Solomon

    Solomon’s wealth and wisdom were unsurpassed. He had everything he could possibly desire, yet it wasn’t enough. He wanted more.  In addition to the daughter of Pharaoh, he married Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, women from lands where the Israelites were forbidden to intermarry because of their pagan worship. Since these women were… Read more