Whom Should You Marry?

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a whole house.” – Proverbs 21:9
During Biblical times, women were often viewed as men’s property, good for bearing children and not much more.

The Book of Proverbs addressed the young men of that time who were approaching the age of marriage to take a different view.

It regards marriage as one of the most important decisions in a man's life that is to be made with great care.

A good wife (as well as a husband) will make or break her spouse’s life.

Her duties lay the foundation for her family’s welfare (Proverbs 14:1; 31:10-31). She shares with her husband the most significant task of teaching their children the way of wisdom (Proverbs 1:8-9; 6:20).

Therefore, her character matters far more than her physical beauty.

Not that Proverbs ignores the physical side of love. It urges marriage partners to rejoice in their love, to be captivated by it (Proverbs 5:18-19). It warns young people against sexual sin precisely because this wastes sexuality on unsatisfying, unloving relationships.

Sex ought to be saved for the long-lasting, productive joy of marriage.

Check out the following verses:

Proverbs on sexual sin: 2:16-19; 5:1-23; 6:20-35; 7:6-27; 23:26-28.
Proverbs on marriage: 5:15-19; 12:4; 14:1; 18:22; 19:13-14; 21:9,19; 27:15,16; 31:10-31.

Lord, I pray for Your guidance and wisdom regarding my dealings with sexual sin and marriage. In Jesus' name, Amen.