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More Than Rubies is Jonathon Roberts' musical setting of the famous epilogue to the book of Proverbs, known as "The Wife of Noble Character". It was composed for the marriage ceremony of two friends of Spark+Echo Arts.

Proverbs 31:10-29

More Than Rubies


Jonathon Roberts


Musicians: Jonathon Roberts (Piano/Vocals), Mike Block (cello), Emily Clare Zempel (Clarinet),
Mixed by Alex Foote
Photo Credit:
Artist Location: New York City

Curated by: 

Spark+Echo Arts


Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

Who can find a worthy woman?
For her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband trusts in her.
He shall have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works eagerly with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships.
She brings her bread from afar.
She rises also while it is yet night,
gives food to her household,
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field, and buys it.
With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard.
She arms her waist with strength,
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp doesn’t go out by night.
She lays her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her arms to the poor;
yes, she extends her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household;
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes for herself carpets of tapestry.
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected in the gates,
when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing.
She laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom.
Faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
and doesn’t eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Her husband also praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you excel them all.”

Proverbs 31:10-29

This composition was written for a wedding celebration between two dear friends.

The original text from Proverbs is beautiful. In this setting, the lyrics "we found you" refer to how God moved through the husband to lead him to the wife, that in a way they found her together. Apart from God the man would not have found such a wonderful person.

This song is recorded as the final track on the debut album from the Spark+Echo Band.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Jonathon Roberts is a composer and sound designer for games, film, theatre, and ensembles. His style grew out of classical and jazz training, and evolved through quality life adventures: touring the country in an RV with a one person theater piece on the Apostle Paul, living in Brooklyn with an improv music ensemble, performing in a downtown NYC absurdist comedy band, and a long stint writing music for the renowned slot machine company, High 5 Games. He has released four albums including the latest, Cities a song cycle personifying biblical cities. He created the popular podcast/web series ComposerDad Vs. Bible, in which ComposerDad accepts intense compositional challenges from a mysterious Bible while out with his kids. He frequently collaborates on music and theater projects with his wife, actor Emily Clare Zempel. They live in Beacon, NY, with their two boys and a tangled box of electrical cords.

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