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  • Happy Wife; Happy Life

    I've heard the phrase "Happy Wife; Happy Life" usually in church.

    Personally, I don't think there is any Biblical support for the statement. I think it's a worldly expression that the church has adopted.

    Out of curiosity, has anyone heard or read a reasonable teaching that the expression is Biblically based?
    "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

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  • #2
    There's several proverbs that could be summed up as "unhappy wife, unhappy life", so your phrase is just a simplification of that double-negative.

    e.g. Prov 21:9/25:24 "It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious wife."
    Prov 21:19 "It is better to live in a desert land than with a contentious and fretful wife."
    Prov 27:15 "A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike;"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
      I've heard the phrase "Happy Wife; Happy Life" usually in church.

      Personally, I don't think there is any Biblical support for the statement. I think it's a worldly expression that the church has adopted.

      Out of curiosity, has anyone heard or read a reasonable teaching that the expression is Biblically based?
      I think the closest to that concept might be found in Ephesians

      Scripture Verse: Ephesians 5:25

      Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

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      and that seems to be a bit of a stretch

      I'm always still in trouble again

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
        I think the closest to that concept might be found in Ephesians

        Scripture Verse: Ephesians 5:25

        Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

        © Copyright Original Source


        Comparing marital love to the atonement seems a bit of a stretch, as well.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
          I've heard the phrase "Happy Wife; Happy Life" usually in church.
          The corollary is "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

          I don't know if it's a strictly Biblical sentiment beyond being simple common sense that a happy (as in content and satisfied) spouse is more enjoyable to be around.
          Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
          But I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of man
          Than a fool in the eyes of God


          From "Fools Gold" by Petra

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          • #6
            Something not having biblical support does not automatically mean it's incorrect. I agree with how MM puts it and that it's not meant to be taken strictly literally.
            "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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              I'm always still in trouble again

              "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
              "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
              "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
                I've heard the phrase "Happy Wife; Happy Life" usually in church.

                Personally, I don't think there is any Biblical support for the statement. I think it's a worldly expression that the church has adopted.

                Out of curiosity, has anyone heard or read a reasonable teaching that the expression is Biblically based?
                The phrase has been around a while but, I think (now Christian) comedian Jeff Allen has made it well known in Christian circles.

                Last edited by Littlejoe; 03-02-2022, 05:42 PM.
                "What has the Church gained if it is popular, but there is no conviction, no repentance, no power?" - A.W. Tozer

                "... there are two parties in Washington, the stupid party and the evil party, who occasionally get together and do something both stupid and evil, and this is called bipartisanship." - Everett Dirksen

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                • #9
                  If we're going to discuss this from a Christian standpoint, Ephesians 5:25 comes to mind: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her". The Bible scholar Wayne Grudem (whom I don't agree a whole lot with, but that has nothing to do with anything) famously left a great teaching position to move to Arizona because his wife was struggling with the cold up north due to a medical condition. Personally, I also left a job I loved and moved cross country because my wife was having a hard time where we were living. Any husband should be willing to do something like that if the need arises, and it can only have good effects in one's own marriage.
                  "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Littlejoe View Post

                    The phrase has been around a while but, I think (now Christian) comedian Jeff Allen has made it well known in Christian circles.

                    Every time you agree with your wife when she is wrong just to keep her happy you shrink by 1mm.

                    I'm always still in trouble again

                    "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                    "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                    "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                      Every time you agree with your wife when she is wrong just to keep her happy you shrink by 1mm.
                      It's a fact that if you always acquiese even if she's wrong, you will be failing the test. Experts call it the "fitness test". You are tested to see if you are still worthy to lead the family/household. It comes in all forms of sneaky ways too. This is not to say if you're wrong, you shouldn't own up to it and try to correct it.
                      "What has the Church gained if it is popular, but there is no conviction, no repentance, no power?" - A.W. Tozer

                      "... there are two parties in Washington, the stupid party and the evil party, who occasionally get together and do something both stupid and evil, and this is called bipartisanship." - Everett Dirksen

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