The Poor Man Who Catches A Poisonous Wife

I have posted below a really good article I received from Grace Gems.  It is a letter from John Newton concerning a friend who is “seeking that precious piece of furniture, called a wife“.  Although I am not sure why he relates a future spouse to furniture, the article is good nonetheless.  The landing of this article in my inbox has proven itself to be very timely.  Lately, the truthfulness of Proverbs 31:10 has been ringing in my ears.  These thoughts have been fueled from such sources as posts over at Chelsea’s blog, talks with my co-worker, a sermon series being taught by Mark Driscoll, and remembering Solomon’s warning about how destructive a naggy wife can be.  It has made me grateful for my wife who is a Jesus lover, a very hard worker, and an excellent woman of whom I am not worthy.

Please enjoy the article.

“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies!” Proverbs 31:10 

Our friend is very busy seeking that precious piece of furniture, called a wife. May the Lord direct and bless his choice. In Captain Cook’s voyage to the South Sea, some fish were caught which looked as well as others–but those who ate of them were poisoned! Alas! for the poor man who catches a poisonous wife! There are many such to be met with in the matrimonial seas, who look passing well to the eye. But a marriage to them proves baneful to domestic peace, and hurtful to the life of grace.

I know several people, including myself, who have great reason to be thankful to Him who sent the fish, with the money in its mouth, to Peter’s hook. He has secretly instructed and guided us where to angle; and if we have caught prizes, we owe it not to our own skill, much less to our deserts–but to His goodness!

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised!” Proverbs 31:30

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