The Wrong And
Right Type Of Wife

Dan Corner

What Type Of Wife Should A Single Christian Man Look For

Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs. Among many other subjects, he wrote about the wrong and right type of wife—a quarrelsome wife versus one who fears God. One might notice since he had 700 wives of royal birth plus hundreds of concubines, he should know something about this just from experience:

He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. (1 Ki 11:3)

A Gentle And Quiet Spirit

Peter wrote about the beauty of wives, that is, a gentle and quiet spirit:

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. (1 Pet 3:1-6)

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A Woman Who Fears The Lord

Solomon similarly tells us about the right type of wife here:

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (Prov 31:10-31)

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The Wrong Kind of Wife

Solomon also wrote about the wrong type of wife in Proverbs:

... a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping. (Prov 19:13)

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. (Prov 21:9)

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. (Prov 25:24)

A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; (Prov 27:15)

Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife. (Prov 21:19)

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. (Prov 12:4)

If you were never married or are widowed, ponder these truths before seeking a spouse. Also related to this subject is the importance of peace and quiet. They are much more valuable than many realize:

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. (Prov 17:1)

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