Proverbs 12:4 ESV
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
Choosing who you marry is a big deal. Even modern culture recognizes that much, and modern culture has relaxed the bonds of marriage till they’re a mere mockery of their true selves. This rule goes for men and for women; it’s inverse also applies to both (that is- if who you marry is important, who you are after you get married is equally important).
This proverb distills this double fact into a pithy statement of cause and effect. An excellent wife really will be the crown of her husband: she will be his finishing, in some sense, his other half and his glory. Conversely, a wife who brings shame really will be a rot, a deep illness, in his bones: she will drag him down, bring a foulness into all parts of his life, and besmirch his testimony before all the earth. This dichotomy, of course, exists also in reverse, though it plays out in a different manner and through different dynamics due to the very real, very significant differences between a man and a woman.
Marriage is important. It is the welding of two together into one (Genesis 2:24); it is the symbol of the relationship between Christ and His church (Revelations 19:6-7). To take it lightly is to spit upon God’s redemptive work, to commit, in principle, blasphemy.
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