A few quotes about family from the Holy Scriptures

We often need to look no further than to the words of the Holy Scripture when we seek guidance, wisdom or advice. The Bible repeatedly mentions and underlines traditional Orthodox Christian values in regards to family. Therefore, it is necessary to once again draw inspiration from the word of God, as a reminder of what true Christian love in marriage is and attempt to understand God’s providence when it comes to family. Here are just a few quotes from the Holy Scripture in regards to family along with a few icons of families who have been glorified by God and have become saints as well as family decorative images:

“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” (Colossians 3, 19)

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.” (Ephesians 5, 23)

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“The wife has not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband has not power of his own body, but the wife.” (1 Corinthians 7, 4)

“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is god.” (1Corinthians 11, 3)

“For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the lord the church.” (Ephesians 5, 28)

“Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” 1 Peter 3, 7

“A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life. a good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the lord” (Sirach 26, 2-3)

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“Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” (Ephesians 5, 24)

“…as the sun when it ariseth in the high heaven; so is the beauty of a good wife in the ordering of her house.” (Sirach 26, 16)

“…likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;” (1 Peter 3,1)

“…whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the lord.” (Proverbs 18-22)

“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.” (Proverbs 12,4)

“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” (Proverbs 14, 1)

“A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches.” (Proverbs 11, 15)