Proverbs 21:7-10 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment. The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right. It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
We have all read Prov. 21:9 and laughed. “It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” However, what does it mean?
We must remember the houses in those days had a flat roof. Often in the summer, you would find people in the evening sleeping up there to escape the heat of the home. The roof was also exposed to all the elements. Wind, rain, heat, etc.
This rooftop was also a place people would go to find a time of solitude. We have many rooms in our homes today. If we want to go read a book or sit alone to think, we just find another room in the house to go to. These homes were open for the most part. There was most likely one wide-open common room, which everyone lived in. The kitchen, dining room, living room and, sometimes with the pull of a curtain, the private bedroom was all part of one big room.
So, what is this verse saying? It is simply saying it’s better to face the elements on the roof than to live with a screaming, controlling, and overbearing spouse.
To live that way is degrading and unpleasant to say the least. It is a disaster just waiting to happen for any family. And how about the neighbors who hear all that? (Oh yes, they do hear it.) Do you for a moment imagine that they are thinking, “I wish we were Christians like them?” God put us together as husband and wife to complement one another. He surely did not bind us in holy matrimony for us to control, complain, and be critical of each other.
When you get together with your spouse today, what are you expecting? Better yet, what do you think they’re expecting? We usually get back what we continually give. God said we are to be one flesh, joined together by Him. If we are truly one in God’s eyes, let’s treat that ONE with love and respect.
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