Proverbs 31:23

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

What wife doesn’t want to feel proud of her husband and support him in all that he does?  And perhaps that is why this verse is here.

But don’t forget that age old saying ‘behind every good man is a good woman’.  How many men struggle because their wives nag, or don’t pull their weight in the family or household, or because of other issues?  For the man to be happy out of home, he also needs to be happy in the home – there needs to be a balance.  For those men who spend more time out of the home and much longer hours in the office or at their workplace, there is the thought that perhaps there is something not quite right at home.  That is not always the case but there are lots of times when it is.

However, that is not an excuse and men/husbands have a responsibility before God whether or not they have a negative wife.

As a virtuous wife and a proverbs-31 woman, it is your duty to ensure that your home is welcoming when your husband comes home – particularly if you are in the household all day, or more hours than he is.   Today’s society doesn’t always allow for that to happen, but whenever possible, it is good for the wife to pave a welcoming path for her husband as he comes home from work.  Life is certainly more harmonious at home when the men feel that their wives are supportive of their roles in life and encouraging.  And they are more keen to get home sooner – even if work is demanding.  KMT

2 Responses to “Proverbs 31:23”

  1. Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) Says:

    so true!

  2. Tomre Utsu Zo Says:

    May I ask, I always felt this could also point to the need of a woman to marry the right man; that part of her success in being the good wife was holding out for a good husband. (Yes, that is a question. :p)

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