Scriptures Just for Wives


All the New Testament scriptures address to wives.

1Co 7:3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights (goodwill, kindness, and what is due her as his wife), and likewise the wife to her husband.

  • Renders affection to her husband = kindness; benevolence (an inclination to do kind or charitable acts), good will, care for
  • Renders love to her husband. Love = to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly, gentle, tenderness
  • Seeks to promote the happiness of her husband
  • Seeks to promote the purity of her husband. Purity = the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong

Eph 5:17-21 For this reason, stop becoming foolish, _but_ be understanding what [is] the will of the Lord. And stop getting drunk with wine, in which is reckless behavior, _but_ continue being filled with [the] Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your* heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all [things] in [the] name of our Lord Jesus Christ to the God and Father, being subject [or, being submissive] to one another in the fear of Christ.

  • Is not foolish with her talk or conversation.
  • Is not foolish with her walk
  • Shows true wisdom by endeavoring to understand what the will of the Lord is, and then doing it.
  • Does not get drunk with wine
  • Continues to be filled with the Spirit
  • Speaks to self with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
  • Love others and treats them gently.
  • Gives thanks always for all things with an earnest affection of the heart, and not with the tongue only.
  • Is subject to others (Subject = subordination; reflexively to obey: – subdue unto, submit self unto. “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating
  • Does not abuse her power
  • Does not produce disorder
  • Does not produce lawlessness
  • Does not produce insubordination Insubordination = defiance of authority

Eph 5:22 Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord. … Eph 5:24 _But_ even as the Assembly is subjected [or, submitted] to Christ, so also the wives [should be] to their own husbands in everything.

  • She is subject to her husband. Subject = subordination; reflexively to obey: – subdue unto, submit self unto. “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating
  • She shows a regard for her husband’s precepts; and is yielding to it sincerely and heartily; In all indifferent things, the will of her husband is a law.
  • She is wholly dependent upon her husband, and entirely resigned to him, and receiving all from him; All her expectation of provision, protection, comfort, and happiness is in her husband
  • She has respect to all her husbands commands,

Eph 5:33 However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [[a]that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and [b]that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly].

  • She shows respect for her husband as the head of the family, and as set over her in the Lord.
  • She defers to her husband. Defer = yield to another’s wish or opinion
  • Whatever is seen to be offensive or painful to her husband is at once abandoned.
  • All the little peculiarities of temper and modes of speech that are observed to give pain to her husband, are abandoned
  • Endeavor to tolerate all the little peculiarities of temper and modes of speech from her husband that pain her.

Col 3:18 The wives, be subjecting [or, submitting] yourselves to your* own husbands, as is fitting in [the] Lord.

  • She is subject to her husband. Subject = subordination; reflexively to obey: – subdue unto, submit self unto. “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating

Col 3:23-25 And every [thing], whatever you* shall be doing, be working from [your*] soul [fig., heartily] as to the Lord and not to people, knowing that from the Lord you* will receive the recompense of the inheritance, for to the Lord Christ you* are serving as a slave. But the one doing wrong [or, acting unjustly] will receive back what he did wrong [or, did unjustly], and there is no accepting of faces [fig., partiality].

  • In everything she does, she does working from her soul as to the Lord and not to people.

Tit 2:3-5 Bid the older women similarly to be reverent and devout in their deportment as becomes those engaged in sacred service, not slanderers or slaves to drink. They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble, So that they will wisely train the young women to be [a]sane and sober of mind (temperate, disciplined) and to love their husbands and their children, To be self-controlled, chaste, homemakers, good-natured (kindhearted), adapting and subordinating themselves to their husbands, that the word of God may not be exposed to reproach (blasphemed or discredited).

  • Reverent in the clothing she wears. Reverent= Godly: showing great reverence for God
  • Reverent in her speech, Reverent= Godly: showing great reverence for God
  • Reverent in the whole of her conduct and conversation, as becomes the character which she bears, and the profession she makes. Reverent= Godly: showing great reverence for God
  • She is not slanderous. Slanderous = false accusers; not raising false reports
  • She is teaching both by example and by instruction
  • She trains younger women to be lovers of their husbands and their children. Lovers of husbands = fond of man, that is, affectionate [having or displaying warmth or affection] as a wife
  • She is sensible. Sensible = safe (sound) in mind, that is, self controlled, Or temperate in eating and drinking,
  • She is pure. Pure = modest;in affection, words and actions, having their love pure and single to their own husbands
  • She is a keeper of the home. Keepers of homes = a stayer at home, that is, domestically inclined, minding their own family affairs,
  • She is subject to her husband. (Subject = subordination; reflexively to obey: – subdue unto, submit self unto. “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating

1Pe 3:1-5 IN LIKE manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives, When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your [a] reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him–to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband]. Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] [b] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God. For it was thus that the pious women of old who hoped in God were [accustomed] to beautify themselves and were submissive to their husbands [adapting themselves to them as themselves secondary and dependent upon them].

  • She is subject to her own husband. (Subject = subordination; reflexively to obey: – subdue unto, submit self unto. “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating
  • She is not easily provoked to anger
  • She patiently bears and put up with injuries
  • She has a gentle and peaceful spirit.
  • She conducts herself in a pure and modest way.

1Pe 3:8-11 And finally, all [of you* be of] one mind, sympathetic, loving [one another] as brothers [and sisters], compassionate, friendly; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but on the contrary, giving a blessing, knowing that for this [reason] you* were called, so that you* shall inherit a blessing. For “The one desiring to be loving life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil, and his lips [are] not to speak deceit [or, treachery]. “He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.

  • She is sympathetic. Sympathetic = suffering or feeling the like with another.
  • She is fond of brethren, that is, fraternal: – love as brethren
  • She is compassionate. Compassionate, tender hearted
  • She is friendly = kind: – courteous; treats others gently
  • She does not return evil for evil, or insult for insult,
  • She keep her tongue from evil, and her lips do not to speak deceit [or, treachery].
  • She turns away from evil and does good; she seeks peace and pursues it.

1Co 7:34 And he is drawn in diverging directions [his interests are divided and he is distracted from his devotion to God]. And the unmarried woman or girl is concerned and anxious about the matters of the Lord, how to be wholly separated and set apart in body and spirit; but the married woman has her cares [centered] in earthly affairs–how she may please her husband.

  • She has her cares [centered] in earthly affairs–how she may please her husband.
  • She does good works
  • She takes care of her household and family affairs
  • She brings up her children in an orderly manner,
  • She honors and obeys her husband
  • She does everything to oblige her husband, and to engage his love and affection to her

To read some commentaries on these scriptures, see my post Every Scripture for Husbands and Wives (NT)

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