A “brawling woman” sounds like someone who had a few too many barley pops at the local tavern and is giving out knuckle sandwiches.
The Lord isn’t describing a Christian wife, is He? If “brawling” doesn’t indicate a bar fight, let’s look into the meaning. “Contentious” is the word chosen in New KJV translation. NIV translated it “quarrelsome.”
In the Bible Knowledge Commentary, it says a man would prefer living on a corner of a housetop “where one can at least have peace and quiet rather than in a spacious home with an argumentative, contentious wife. A wife who causes strife makes a home unpleasant and undesirable.”
Putting yourself in the picture yet? I am.
I guess the “corner of the house” has been replaced with current sayings like “being in the doghouse,” “sleeping on the couch,” “being in hot water,” but a wife’s reputation to be cranky remains the same.
Yea, that’s my husband, Mr. P, on the corner of the house.
No, I wasn’t being contentious (this time), he was putting up Christmas lights. But, this picture makes me think about the Biblical admonitions. Men fight with their fists, women fight with their tongues.
Pr. 19:13, “And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.”
And a contentious woman are alike.”
than with a contentious and angry woman.”
Wow. The Lord really understands women, right? He also understands men.
1 Peter 3:1-2
“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands,
that even if some do not obey the word, they,
without a word,
may be won by the conduct of their wives,
when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.
Did you read that middle line? Without a word.
Men don’t like to be nagged. You don’t win when you nag. Oh, and it’s coupled with submission.
They want those faith and brains in action.
Does that mean you’ll always win? No. Do you want to, anyway? Didn’t you marry him because of his faith and brains?
We can’t have the dripping faucet kinda’ action. Or the kind of action that sends him to the 21st century variation of the “corner of the house.”
We “win” when we walk in the Lord’s will as a couple.
We need to keep our husbands off the roofs. It’s safer inside, anyway.
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