by Matthew Henry as shared by Lori Alexander of The Transformed Wife – A Brawling (Quarreling), Scolding Woman
Editor’s note: Lori is either slipping or she writes/schedules/posts her blog days ahead of time. I was fully expecting an excoriation of former Evangelical mother blogger Glenna Doyle Melton. Melton announced her engagement this weekend to her girlfriend Abby Wombach. Instead we get this ancient writing about misbehaving women.
See here, What a great affliction it is to a man to have a brawling scolding woman for his wife, who upon every occasion, and often upon no occasion, breaks out into a passion, and chides either him or those about her, is fretful to herself and furious to her children, and, in both, vexatious to her husband. If a man has a wide house, spacious and pompous, this will embitter the comfort of it to him–a house of society (so the word is), in which a man may be sociable, and entertain his friends; this will make both him and his house unsociable, and unfit for enjoyments of true friendship. It makes a man ashamed of his choice and his management, and disturbs his company.
What many a man is forced to do under such an affliction. He cannot keep up his authority. He finds it to no purpose to contradict the most unreasonable passion, for it is unruly and rages so much the more; and his wisdom and grace will not suffer him to render railing for railing, nor his conjugal affection to use any severity, and therefore he finds it his best way to retire into a corner of the house-top,and sit alone there, out of the hearing of her clamour; and if he employ himself well there, as he may do, it is the wisest course he can take. Better do so than quit the house.
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