Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (Proverbs 24:3–4). 

The Bible says the primary role of the wife in marriage is to build and establish the family/home while the husband works outside as the breadwinner. They are coequals in the sight of God but have different roles assigned to them by Him in the marriage. This role is indubitable if one believes that all Scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16–17) and that the forthright instruction of Paul in Titus 2:3–5 is part of the Bible, which it is.

Whereas both husband and wife are of similar value before God and society, they function in different capacities, teaming to build the kingdom, their country, their marriage and the next generation. A symbiosis of husband and wife is necessary, indeed demanded, in order to achieve all of these roles. A godly woman is wise, understanding of her role, and knowledgeable of God’s blueprint and design. A wife needs to know all this and fully accept it. God created man and woman and He made marriages and families function in these ways in order to be most effective as the foundation of society. 

To attempt in any way to change this basic biblical construct of marriage— and how He designed it to best function—is to interfere with the inherent foundation of a nation. 

When the Owner’s manual is followed, the figurative results are rooms filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Accordingly, in the context of the thesis of Proverbs, Solomon is saying to Rehoboam, to you, to me, and to our nation that a wise man will marry a wise woman who has her high calling, role, and function in marriage settled in her mind. Solomon was saying, “Rehoboam, marry a woman who is knowledgeablewise and understanding of this role.” Anyone who enters a marriage wherein this wisdom and understanding is not already agreed to by both parties, thinking, I can change my mate is involved in a very high-stakes gamble. 

Author: Godfrey Gregg

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