"And Jehovah God went on to say: "It is not good for the man to continue by himself. I am going to make a helper for him as a complement of him."" (Gen 2:18).
THE HEADSHIP ARRANGEMENT.
"Let wives be in subjection to their husbands as to the Lord, because a husband is head of his wife as the Christ also is head of the congregation, he being a saviour of this body. In fact, as the congregation is in subjection to the Christ, so let wives also be to their husbands in everything." (Eph 5:22-24).
"As in all congregations of God's people, women should not address the meeting. They have no licence to speak, but should keep their place as the Law directs. If there is something they want to know, they can ask their own husbands at home. It is a shocking thing that a woman should address the congregation." (1 Cor 14:34,35 NEB).
"A woman must be a learner, listening quietly and with due submission. I do not permit a woman to be a teacher, nor must woman domineer over man; she should be quiet. For Adam was created first, and Eve afterwards; and it was not Adam who was deceived; it was the woman who, yielding to deception, fell into sin." (1 Tim 2:11-14 NEB).
"Wives, be subject to your husbands; that is your Christian duty." (Col 3:18 NEB).
HUSBANDS WON OVER BY CHRISTIAN EXAMPLE.
"Women again must
dress in becoming manner, modestly and soberly, not with elaborate
"Your beauty should
reside, not in outward adornment
"The older women,
similarly, should be reverent in their bearing, not
scandal-mongers or slaves to strong drink; they
must set a high standard, and school the younger women to be loving wives and
mothers, temperate, chaste, and kind, busy at home,
respecting the authority of their own husbands. Thus
the Gospel will not be brought into disrepute."
"Grace in a woman wins honour, but she who hates virtue makes a home for dishonour." (From Prov 11:16 NEB).
"…a discreet wife is from Jehovah." (Prov 19:14).
A CAPABLE WIFE.
"Who can find
a capable wife? Her worth is far beyond coral.
Her husband's whole trust is in her, and children are
not lacking. She repays him with good, not evil, all her life long...
When she opens her mouth, it is to speak wisely, and loyalty is the theme of her
teaching... Charm is a delusion and beauty fleeting;
it is the God-fearing woman who is honoured..."
(From Prov 31:10
'The wife who is a glory of a faithful husband is also a delight before God.' (R. Thomas).
"…each of you must love his wife as his very self; but the woman must see to it that she pays her husband all respect." (Eph 5:33 NEB).
A CONTENTIOUS WIFE.
"…the contentions of a wife are as a leaking roof that drives one away... but a discreet wife is from Jehovah." (From Prov 19:13,14).
"Do not leave a leaky cistern to drip or allow a bad wife to say what she likes." (Eccus 25:25 NEB).
"A capable wife is her husband's crown; one who disgraces him is like rot in his bones." (Prov 12:4 NEB).