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PREFACE

Remember the expression: "When all else fails, read the instructions (or owner's manual)." ?

In our case the manufacturer supplying the owner's manual is God, our Creator; and what our Creator says about marriage, is in our owner's manual (the Bible).

Understanding ourselves is a challenge, even with God's word in the Bible.  Assuming that our spouse views and feels the same way we do, is obviously an incorrect assumption.  God knows all the similarities and differences between spouses, because He created them.  God can give us insight, and reveal correct conclusions, as we seek to understand ourselves and our spouse!

By reading through the Bible verses relating to and dealing with marriage, our Creator shows us how He structured marriage to accommodate: how He made us, and how He made our spouse.  There are similarities, but as we have observed, the are endless important differences between spouses.

As we read through these Bible verses describing marriage, we will discover that our lack of knowledge has been empowering Satan for years.  Only with a firm reliance on God's words in the Bible, can we expel Satan from misleading our marriage, once and for all.
 
 

Table of Contents (TOC)

Glance at the Table of Contents below, and click on any of the many useful phrases, to go directly to the Bible verse(s) dealing with that phrase.  Use your browser's upper left "<Back" button to return here to the TOC.

Table of Contents (scroll to (as you read), or click-on (to go to), these subheadings )

 
 
 
God Creates Adam on the 6th Day of Creation Week
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
God creates 
Adam on the
6th day of
Creation
Week.

God lets man
have dominion
over:  the fish,
fowl, cattle, all the earth, and creeping thing, every living thing that moveth upon the earth

~ God's plans to create, and blessings for, men and women, and to populate the earth with people

    [ later, the Bible says God put (in the garden in Eden) the man whom he had formed.  (Gen 2:8,15) ]
    [ Therefore, only Adam was created here on the 6th day, but God's plans and blessings for men and women are given here on the 6th day. ]

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 1:27  So God created man [Adam] in his [God's] own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  [ Describes plan to be completed later.  Adam created here, put in garden of Eden later (see Gen 2:7-8,15) and Eve created later (see Gen 2:21-25) ] 

Be fruitful, and
multiply,
subdue the earth
Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Man and woman given every herb and fruit for meat Gen 1:29  And God said, Behold, I have given you [man and woman] every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Animals given every green herb for meat Gen 1:30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I [God] have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
 
God Puts Adam in the Garden of Eden
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
God reflects on the 6th day of Creation
Week.
~ More on the Creation of Man and Woman (Adam created on Day # 6 of Creation Week according to Gen 1:27 and Gen 2:7-8,15 below)

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  [reflecting on the events of Day#6 of Creation Week (see Gen 1:26-29) when Adam was created]
[ Note that this verse refers to "man" as a category, not to a particular man, nor to a group of men. ]

God puts Adam in the Garden of Eden ~ God plants a garden in Eden, puts Adam in it, and describes the trees in the garden

Gen 2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he [God] put the man [Adam] whom he had formed [on Day#6 of Creation Week].
[ Note that this verse refers to a particular man: "the man" (Adam). ]

God mentions the special trees Gen 2:9  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
God defines Adam's jobs in the garden ~ God put Adam into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it

Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man [Adam], and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

God gives Adam a command about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ~ Adam instructed by God to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

Gen 2:16  And the LORD God commanded the man [Adam], saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Gen 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou [Adam] shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

God Declares the Reasons for Creating Eve
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
Should not be alone, make him a help meet ~ God declares the reasons for creating Eve

Gen 2:18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man [Adam] should be alone; I will make him an help meet [a helper suitable] for him.

Adam names every living creature, but no help meet was found for Adam ~ Adam names the animals

Gen 2:19  And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air [on Day#4 (see Gen 1:20-22) and Day#6 (see Gen 1:24-25) of Creation Week]; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Gen 2:20  And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet [a suitable helper] for him.

 

God Creates Eve
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
God creates Eve ~ God creates Eve

Gen 2:21  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he [God] took one of his [Adam's] ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

Gen 2:22  And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her [Eve] unto the man [Adam].

to be called Woman Gen 2:23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

 

Marriage Defined:  A Man shall leave his father and mother, and
a Man shall cleave [be joined] unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
Marriage: man and his wife shall be one flesh Gen 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave [be joined] unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  [ This is a categorical statement about man and his wife, because Adam had no earthly father or mother, nor did Eve. ]
[ This verse also appears in Mat 19:5-6, Mar 10:7-8 and Eph 5:31.  Also see 1Co 6:16. ]
Marriage: what God hath joined together Mat 19:6  Wherefore they [a man and his wife] are no more twain [two], but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together [in marriage], let not man put asunder [put away, take apart, divide].
[ This verse also appears in Mar 10:9. ]

 

They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
naked and not ashamed Gen 2:25  And they [Adam and Eve] were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
[ See Gen 3:7 where sinning causes them to be ashamed, and want to cover their nakedness. ]

 

Adam and Eve are persuaded to Eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
serpent
persuades
Eve to
eat the
forbidden
fruit
Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtle [crafty] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.  And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every [any] tree of the garden?

Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

a tree to be desired to make one wise Gen 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
eyes opened,
knew they were naked
Gen 3:7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.  [see naked and not ashamed in Gen 2:25 ]
  Gen 3:8  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
I was afraid,
because
I was naked;
and I hid myself
Gen 3:9  And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Gen 3:10  And he [Adam] said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Gen 3:11  And he [God] said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?  Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

God gave Eve to be with Adam Gen 3:12  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Gen 3:13  And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?  And the woman said, The serpent beguiled [deceived] me, and I did eat.
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective

 

God's Judgments for Eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
serpent
cursed
Gen 3:14  And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity [malice, hatred] between thee and the woman, and between thy seed [offspring] and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Subject From the Wife's Perspective
A woman's pain in childbearing will greatly increase,
in pain thou shalt give birth to children.
Gen 3:16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply [increase] thy sorrow [pain] and [in] thy conception [childbearing]; in sorrow [pain] thou shalt bring forth [give birth to] children;
Instead of eating the fruit of a tree to be desired to make one wise [ from Gen 3:6 ], a woman's desire shall be to [for] thy husband.  [ Also see Solomon's account of finding women with wisdom in Ecc 7:27-28. ] Gen 3:16b  and thy desire shall be to thy husband,
The husband shall rule over the wife. Gen 3:16c  and he shall rule over thee.
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
ground
cursed,

farming
painful
toil

Gen 3:17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake [because of you]; in sorrow [painful toil] shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  
man shall
eat the herb
of the field
Gen 3:18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb [plants] of the field;  
from dust
to dust
Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face [brow] shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.  
Eve, the
mother of all
Gen 3:20  And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was [would become] the mother of all [the] living.
  Gen 3:21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Adam [& Eve]
cast out of the Garden of Eden and separated from the
tree of life
Gen 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Gen 3:23  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Gen 3:24  So he [God] drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep [guard] the way of [to] the tree of life.

more on the
tree of life
[ If we overcome, we will be able to eat the fruit from the tree of life and live forever.
Where will the tree of life be in the future?  see Rev 2:7, Rev 22:2, Rev 22:14 ]
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective

 

The   "God/Christ/Holy Spirit - Husband - Wife"   Unconditional Love Triangle
The Marriage Team          The Inner Strength of a Marriage
Introduction to the "Unconditional Love Triangle"     The Marriage Team

The verses in this section (and elsewhere) paint a picture that God's love for each spouse is unconditional.  Likewise, each spouse's love for God must be unconditional.  (God created the capacity within each of us to unconditionally love Him.  The choice is ours to do so.)  Finally, to complete the "Unconditional Love Triangle," each spouse's love for their spouse must also be unconditional.  (Again, God created us with the capacity to do so.  The choice is ours to so do.)

Conditional love is based on conditions like: what we have, and often compared to what others have (things, money, shelter / houses, transportation / cars, possessions / stuff, entertainment);  what others say and do, or how they feel about us; what the future holds, or does not hold; or maybe exactly what acts our spouse is supposed to do and when.   Unconditional love is not dependent on any such conditions.

If our love for our spouse is conditional, then Satan will be happy to endlessly point out to us how our spouse is failing to meet whatever conditions we have defined.  If our spouse is sinning, then we can hate the sin, but still unconditionally love the sinner, just as God still unconditionally loves us, even when we have  sinned.

Unconditional love between spouses makes a marriage strong (described as inner strength).  Each spouse, confident in the other's unconditional love for them, can tackle all the things being thrown at a marriage (by the world) each day; including problems each spouse is having, situations the children are facing or creating, repairs to the house, providing for the family, the economy, the government, and the world's problems.  The list is endless, but none of these things need to affect our unconditional love for our spouse.

The "Unconditional Love Triangle" symbolizes a God created "marriage team effort," ready to take on, whatever the world throws at our marriage.  With God/Christ/Holy Spirit on our marriage team, nothing is impossible.

Remember, both spouses are on the same marriage team.  Always think of your spouse as being on your marriage team (what God has joined together to be one flesh).  The rest of the world is on the other team or teams.

Subject From the Wife's Perspective
wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands ~ Marriage Like Christ and the Church

Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands,

wives, submit yourselves unto the Lord Eph 5:22b  as [you submit yourselves] unto the Lord.
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
the husband is the head of the wife Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church [ congregation, body ]: and he [Christ] is the saviour of the body.  
let the wives be [subject] to their own husbands in every thing Eph 5:24  Therefore as the church [ congregation, body ] is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be [subject] to their own husbands in every thing.
husbands, love your wives Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church [ congregation ], and gave himself for it;  
  Eph 5:26  That he [Christ] might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
  Eph 5:27  That he [Christ] might present it to himself a glorious church [ congregation ], not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
men to love [, nourisheth and cherisheth] their wives as their own bodies Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but [man] nourisheth and cherisheth it [his own flesh], even as the Lord [nourisheth and cherisheth] the church [ congregation, body ]:

 
  Eph 5:30  For we [ the church, congregation, body ] are members of his [Christ's] body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Marriage: man and his wife shall be one flesh Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and [he] shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
[ This verse also appears in Gen 2:24, Mat 19:5-6, and Mar 10:7-8.  Also see 1Co 6:16. ]
  Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church [ congregation ].
[let each husband] so love his wife even as himself Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular [let each husband] so love his wife even as himself  
Subject From the Wife's Perspective
 and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Eph 5:33b  and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

 

Our Bodies are the Members of the Body of Christ, Christ's Congregation.
Flee Fornication.
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
the body is not for fornication ~ Our Bodies are the Members of the Body of Christ, Christ's Congregation.  Flee Fornication.

1Co 6:13b  Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

1Co 6:14  And God hath both raised up the Lord [Jesus Christ], and will also raise up us by his own power.

your bodies are the members of Christ

make them the members of a harlotGod forbid.

1Co 6:15  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christshall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlotGod forbid.

1Co 6:16  What?  know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?  for two, saith he [God], shall be one flesh.
[ Also see Gen 2:24, Mat 19:5-6, Mar 10:7-8 and Eph 5:31. ]

  1Co 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
Flee fornication

fornication sinneth against his own body

ye are bought with a price

1Co 6:18  Flee fornication.  Every sin that a man doeth is without [outside] the bodybut [except] he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

1Co 6:19  What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

Divorce not so from the beginning.  Divorce is from the hardness of your hearts.
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
they [a man and his wife] are no more twain [two], but one fleshWhat therefore God hath joined together [in marriage], let not man put asunder ~ Concerning Divorce

Mat 19:3  The Pharisees also came unto him [Jesus], tempting [testing] him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [divorce] his wife for [any and] every cause [reason]?

Mat 19:4  And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he [God, the Creator] which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Mat 19:5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave [his] father and mother, and shall cleave [be united] to his wife: and they twain [two] shall be one flesh?
[ This verse also appears in Gen 2:24, Mar 10:7-8, and Eph 5:31.  Also see 1Co 6:16. ]

Mat 19:6  Wherefore they [a man and his wife] are no more twain [two], but one fleshWhat therefore God hath joined together [in marriage], let not man put asunder [put away, take apart, divide, separate].
[ This verse also appears in Mar 10:9. ]

because of the hardness of your hearts, Moses permitted you to divorce your wives:
but from the beginning it was not this way.
Mat 19:7  They [the Pharisees] say unto him [Jesus], Why did Moses then command [a man] to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

Mat 19:8  He [Jesus] saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered [permitted] you to put away [divorce] your wives: but from the beginning it was not so [not this way].

Whosoever shall divorce his wife, except it be for fornication,
and shall marry another,
committeth adultery
Mat 19:9  And I [Jesus] say unto you, Whosoever shall put away [divorce] his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery:
and whoso marrieth her which is divorced doth commit adultery Mat 19:9b  and whoso marrieth her which is put away [divorced] doth commit adultery.
Who can receive the saying that:
it is not good to marry ?
~ Who can receive the saying that:  it is not good to marry ?

Mat 19:10  His [Jesus'] disciples say unto him [Jesus], If the case [situation] of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

Mat 19:11  But he [Jesus] said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save [but only] they to whom it is given.

Mat 19:12  For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of [by] men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sakeHe that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

 

Reasons to Marry, and when you do, Do Not Defraud / Deprive Each Other
  ~ Teachings on Marriage:  Reasons to Marry, and when you do, Do Not Deprive Each Other.

1Co 7:1  Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me [Paul]:

Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
It is good for a person not to marry 1Co 7:1b  It is good for a man not to touch a woman [not to marry]. [ in other verses, Paul states that: It is good for a woman not to marry.  (see 1Co 7:8) ]
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication 1Co 7:2  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication [immorality],
let everyone have their own spouse 1Co 7:2b  let every man have his own wife, 1Co 7:2c  and let every woman have her own husband.
let everyone render unto their spouse due benevolence 1Co 7:3  Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: 1Co 7:3b  and likewise also [let] the wife [render] unto the husband [due benevolence].
each person's body, also belongs to their spouse 1Co 7:4  The wife hath not power of her own body [alone], but [her body also belongs to] the husband: 1Co 7:4b  and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body [alone], but [his body also belongs to] the wife.
do not Defraud / Deprive each other 1Co 7:5  Defraud ye not one the other [do not deprive each other], except it be with [mutual] consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and [then] come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency [because of your lack of self-control].
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective

 

It is good to stay unmarried.  But if they cannot control themselves, let them marry
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
it is good for the unmarried and widows to stay unmarried ~ Paul's Advice:  It is good to stay unmarried.  But if they cannot control themselves, let them marry.

1Co 7:6  But I speak this [the following] by permission, and not of commandment.

1Co 7:7  For I [Paul] would [wish] that all men were even [unmarried] as I myself [am].  But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

1Co 7:8  I [Paul] say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide [stay unmarried] even as I.

but if they connot control themselves, it is better to marry  than to burn 1Co 7:9  But if they cannot contain [control themselves], let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

 

Commands to married Spouses regarding:  Separation, Reconciliation, Divorce
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
  ~ Commands to married Spouses regarding:  Separation, Reconciliation, Divorce

1Co 7:10  And unto the married I [Paul] command, yet not I, but the Lord,

Subject From the Wife's Perspective
Let not the wife depart [separate] from her husband: 1Co 7:10b  Let not the wife depart [separate] from her husband:
if she depart [separate], let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: 1Co 7:11  But and if she depart [separate], let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband:
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
let not the husband put away [divorce] his wife. 1Co 7:11b  and let not the husband put away [divorce] his wife.  

 

Paul's Advice to Christians, who are married to Non-Christians (unbelievers)
  ~ Paul's Advice to Christians, who are married to Non-Christians (unbelievers)

1Co 7:12  But to the rest speak I [Paul], not the Lord:

Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
if a Christian has an unbelieving Spouse, who wants to stay, do not divorce them 1Co 7:12b  If any brother hath a wife that believeth not [is not a believer in Christ], and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away [not divorce her]. 1Co 7:13  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not [is not a believer in Christ], and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave [not divorce] him.
children are holy 1Co 7:14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else [otherwise] were your children [would be] unclean; but [as it is] now are they holy.
if the unbelieving depart [unbeliever leaves], let him [or her] depart 1Co 7:15  But if the unbelieving depart [unbeliever leaves], let him [or her] depart.  A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to [live in] peace.
Christians may save their unbelieving Spouse 1Co 7:16  For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? 1Co 7:16b  or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective

 

Be ye [my children, believers] not unequally yoked together with unbelievers
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
For my [Jesus'] yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~ Come to Me, Rest for the Weary, Take my [Jesus'] Yoke upon you, For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Mat 11:28  Come unto me [Jesus], all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of [from] me; for I [Jesus] am meek and lowly [humble] in heart: and ye shall find rest unto [for] your souls.

Mat 11:30  For my [Jesus'] yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Be ye [my children, believers] not unequally yoked together with unbelievers ~ Be ye [my children, believers] not unequally yoked together with unbelievers

2Co 6:14  Be ye [my children, believers] not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness [have in common]?  and what communion hath light with darkness?

2Co 6:15  And what concord [harmony] hath Christ with Belial?  or what part [in common] hath he that believeth [a believer] with an infidel [unbeliever]?

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  for ye [believers] are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [among] them; and I will be their God, and they [believers] shall be my people.

Wherefore [believers] come out from among them [unbelievers], and be ye separate 2Co 6:17  Wherefore [believers] come out from among them [unbelievers], and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye [believers] shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

Paul's Judgment:
Consider not changing your marital status.  Those who marry will have troubles.
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
  ~ Paul's Judgment:  Consider not changing your marital status.  Those who marry will have troubles.

1Co 7:25  Now concerning virgins I [Paul] have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

it is good for a man to remain as you are 1Co 7:26  I [Paul] suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress [crisis], I say, that it is good for a man so to be [to remain as you are].  
bound unto a wifeseek not to be loosed 1Co 7:27  Art thou bound unto a wifeseek not to be loosed.  
loosed from a wifeseek not a wife 1Co 7:27b  Art thou loosed from a wifeseek not a wife.  
if thou marry, thou hast not sinned 1Co 7:28  But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; 1Co 7:28b  and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned.
those who marry shall have trouble in the flesh 1Co 7:28c  Nevertheless such [those who marry] shall have trouble in the flesh [in this life]: but I [Paul want to] spare you [this].
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Paul's Advice:  Your remaining lifetime is shortCare for the things of the Lord
  ~ Paul's Advice:  Your remaining lifetime is short.  Care for the things of the Lord.

1Co 7:29  But this I [Paul] say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

1Co 7:30  And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;

1Co 7:31  And they that use [the things of] this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

1Co 7:32  But I [Paul] would have you without carefulness [free from concern].

Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord 1Co 7:32b  He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:  
he that is married careth for the things that are of the world,
how he may please his wife.
1Co 7:33  But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.  
Subject From the Wife's Perspective
  1Co 7:34  There is difference also between a wife and a virgin.
The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord 1Co 7:34b  The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit:
she that is married careth for the things of the world,
how she may please her husband.
1Co 7:34c  but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
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  1Co 7:35  And this I [Paul] speak for your own profit [good]; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, let them marry 1Co 7:36  But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin [he is engaged to], if she pass the flower of her age [is getting along in years], and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.  
he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, doeth well to not marry 1Co 7:37  Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin [not marry the virgin], doeth well.  
  1Co 7:38  So then he that giveth her in marriage [marries her] doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage [does not marry her] doeth better.  
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective

 

Until Death, do we Part.  Then, at liberty to marry again, but only to a believer in Christ.
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
  ~ Until Death, do we Part.  Then, we are at liberty to marry again, but only to a believer in Christ.
Subject From the Wife's Perspective
The wife is bound [to her husband] by the law as long as her husband liveth 1Co 7:39  The wife is bound [to her husband] by the law as long as her husband liveth;
but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; [but] only in [but he must belong to] the Lord [he must be a believer in Christ].. 1Co 7:39b  but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; [but] only in [but he must belong to] the Lord [he must be a believer in Christ]..
1Co 7:40  But she is happier if she so abide [stays as she is, unmarried], after my judgment: and I [Paul] think also that I have the Spirit of God.

 

Rejoice with the wife of thy youth
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  ~ Rejoice with the wife of thy youth

Pro 5:18  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

Let her be as the loving doe and pleasant deer Pro 5:19  Let her be as the loving hind [doe] and pleasant roe [deer]; 
let her breasts satisfy thee at all times Pro 5:19b  let her breasts satisfy thee at all times;  
and be thou ravished [captivated] always with her love Pro 5:19c  and be thou ravished [captivated] always with her love.  
Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life Ecc 9:9  Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity [of this meaningless life], which he [God] hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity [all your meaningless days]: for that is thy portion [lot] in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest [toils] under the sun.  
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Our 24-hour Marriage Day clock should match God's 24-hour Day clock
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  Gen 1:23  And the evening [that begins the 12 hours of nighttime] and the morning [that begins the 12 hours of daytime] were the fifth [24-hour] day.
  [ God's 24-hour days begin at sunset (evening), followed by 12 nighttime hours, sunrise (morning), 12 daytime hours, and finally sunset (end of the afternoon).

Marriage days should also be structured around God's 24-hour days. ]

  Eph 4:26  Be ye angry, and sin not [In your anger do not sin]: let not the sun go down upon your wrath [while you are still angry]:

[ Before each marriage day ends at sunset, we should get over being angry.  We should forgive and forget as necessary, before the sun goes down.

This is especially important if our anger or wrath is in anyway related to our spouse or our marriage activities.  According to God, the time to end the anger or wrath with forgiveness, or whatever it takes, is before sundown. ]

  Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow [do not worry about tomorrow]: for the morrow shall take thought [worry] for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof [Each day has enough evil / trouble of its own].

[ As each marriage day ends at sunset, we should wrapup and shelve the daytime activities of that day, realizing that we have coped with enough evil and trouble for that day.

Evening begins our preparation time for the next 24-hour marriage day that begins at sundown. ]

  Note that God gives us 12 hours of nighttime to get recharged and prepared for the ensuing 12 daytime hours.  What can be accomplished in the 12 daytime hours, is in many ways related to how sucessfully we get recharged and prepared during the previous 12 nighttime hours.

One indicator is: do we feel that we are unconditionally loved by God and our spouse?  If we do feel this way, then we won't be lying awake, wasting time worring about our spouse, and our relationship with our spouse.

Other indicators are how relaxed we are, how quickly we fall asleep, and if later awakened for any reason, how quickly we fall back to sleep.

  When the 12 hours of daytime for our marriage day begins (morning begins at sunrise):

We should feel good about our self, and our spouse, confident, loved by our spouse, enthusiastic, and inspired.

We should know that we unconditionally love our spouse, and that our spouse unconditionally loves us,

Knowing this, we are ready for whatever the 12 hours of daytime will hold.

 

Let your Women keep Silence in the Churches;  ask their husbands at home to learn
Subject From the Wife's Perspective
Let your women keep silence in the churches 1Co 14:34  Let your women keep silence in the churches [ congregations ]: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
if women will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home 1Co 14:35  And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church [ congregation ].

 

An observation concerning men and women, with wisdom:
 Men - 1 in a 1,000 ;    Women - 0 in a 1,000
  ~ An observation concerning men and women, with wisdom:  Men - 1 in a 1,000;  Women - 0 in a 1,000

Ecc 7:27  Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:

Ecc 7:28  [ Wisdom ] Which yet my soul seeketh, but [wisdom] I find not:

Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
one man [with wisdom] among a thousand have I found Ecc 7:28b  one man [with wisdom] among a thousand have I found;  
Subject From the Wife's Perspective
but a woman [with wisdom] among all those [among a thousand] have I not found Ecc 7:28c  but a woman [with wisdom] among all those [among a thousand] have I not found.
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
  [ For verses mentioning women with wisdom see:  2Sa 14:2(1-20), 2Sa 20:16(13-26), Pro 14:1, Pro 31:26 ]
  [ Some Bible versions translate this verse, using the subject (upright) found in the next verse.  In this verse, perhaps Solomon is referring to his 700 wives and 300 concubines = 1,000 women, which may not have provided an environment conducive to upright behavior nor wisdom, on the part of those women. ]
one [upright] man among a thousand have I found Ecc 7:28d  one [upright] man among a thousand have I found;  
Subject From the Wife's Perspective
but a [an upright] woman among all those [among a thousand] have I not found Ecc 7:28e  but a [an upright] woman among all those [among a thousand] have I not found.
God hath made man [both men and women] upright Ecc 7:29  Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man [both men and women] upright; but they have sought out many inventions [schemes].
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Do Not Love the World;  Do Not Love the Things that are In the World
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Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world ~ Do Not Love the World

1Jo 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father 1Jo 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
the world passeth away, and the lust thereof 1Jo 2:17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:
but he that doeth the will of God abideth [lives] for ever  1Jo 2:17b  but he that doeth the will of God abideth [lives] for ever.

 

Do what is necessary to provide food and income for your family, then build your house
Subject From the Husband's Perspective From the Wife's Perspective
Prepare thy work without [outside], and make it fit for thyself in the field Pro 24:27  Prepare [Set up, Establish, Prosper] thy work without [outside], and make it fit [ready, prepared] for thyself in the field;
and afterwards build thine house Pro 24:27b  and afterwards build thine house.

 

God
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 Adam and Eve - The First Marriage
Marriage begins with Adam and Eve
 
Married Life before sin
 
Sin is Introduced into Adam and Eve's Marriage
 
Intimacy - The Physical Strength of a Marriage
 
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