Mary and Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”

Luke 1

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

It occurred to me today that in Proverbs 31 when the children rise (or in some translations, rose) up and call the woman blessed, they do not merely say “She is blessed,” but rather direct the praise toward the woman.
“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

Comparing this to Luke 1 where Mary predicts that all generations will call her blessed, it seems highly appropriate that we would not merely say “She is blessed,” but like the children in Proverbs, that we would say directly to our mother, “Blessed are you among women.”

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