Tiny Dancer and the Woman of Proverbs 31

The more I hear the words, the more it evokes a particular Scripture for me

I’m talking about the infamous woman of Proverbs 31 (which is featured in Proverbs 31: 10-31). The line you probably know best from it is, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” It makes it sound like nothing but piety in a woman is deserving of recognition and can feed into the trope that women are to be silent and submissive. Really, though, the Proverbs 31 woman is so much more than this, and, I think, is described perfectly in the song “Tiny Dancer.”

“Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band”

There are several verses in Proverbs 31 that this opening, iconic line relates to. “She seeks out wool and flax and weaves with skillful hands” (31:13). “She is not concerned for her household when it snows– all her charges are doubly clothed. She makes her own coverlets; fine linen and purple are her clothing…She makes garments and sells them, and stocks the merchants with belts” (31: 21-22, 24).

What these verses all have in common is clothes or the making of clothes. As a seamstress, this is what that women would do! A fun aside that ties into the purple clothing, there’s a story that Maxine Feibelman (Bernie Taupin’s first wife) once dared Elton John to wear a pair of mauve tights she had found on stage…and he did! This set of lyrics and verses are fairly straightforward.

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