The Real Prize
By Denise Renée Purdie
Last night I was on TikTok, notably not the best source of accurate Scriptural information, but one person said that the Bible says that men shouldn’t chase women. So, of course, I asked him for the Scripture.
This is the scripture he gave to us:
Proverbs 31:3 KJV
 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
I was going to say categorically this isn’t what the Scripture says, but I kind of understand what he means in that being overly moved by someone else could definitely cause you to be reckless.
The other thing this conversation reminds me of is the Scripture that says the woman / wife is the prize … although let me go look at it to make sure I’m not misquoting God!!!
Proverbs 18:22 KJV
 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
Proverbs 3:15 KJV
 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Notably, neither one of these Scriptures mention the word prize and indeed prize is only mentioned twice in the Bible …
1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV
 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
Philippians 3:14 KJV
 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
As Internet research often does, this discussion led me to this interesting article:
It indicates that neither the man or the woman should be the prize. Instead, a healthy relationship should be the prize. I can definitely get with that!!!
I’ll probably add more to this, but I’m still working on my first cup of coffee. However, it was interesting to note that wife is only mentioned twice in the Bible and husband is mentioned 152 times. Woman is mentioned 340 times. And man is mentioned 3,323 times. (The things that make you go hmmmmm!)
Keywords: relationships, the prize, wife, husband, Scriptures, Proverbs