Submissive Wife, What Does That Mean?

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What does the bible mean by be a submissive wife to my husband?

1 Peter 3:1 “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,”


It doesn’t mean that he should run all over you, but read the rest of the passage. Marriage is a partenership

you think it means a dictatorship?


It means that the wife trusts the leadership of her husband and voluntarily allows herself to be led by him in her service to the Lord (Eph 5:22).


If Christ is the head and the church is the bride and the husband is under Christ, this implies that the husband is responsible for covenant and doctrinal teachings and values of the house. I think the gospel is number one here first before anything else, but secondarily come the needs of the household. If the wife is to compliment the husband in the house, it would naturally vary from household to household depending on the need and the dependency… But primarily I would definitely believe that the gospel and doctrinal matters would fall under the responsibility of the man of the household.

The husband is also called to submit to the wife. The husband is accountable to Christ, but the wife has also been regenerated and saved by this same grace, and therefore the wife should be willing to keep the husband accountable. She is a helpmate, but before any demands of the household come, she should be a helpmate to keep him accountable before Christ.

Simply an observation, open to criticism

“The husband is also called to submit to the wife.” Where is that?

it is implied primarily in regards to sexual intimacy but I think there is more implied. Again criticism welcome

I think in intimacy is it commanded. I can’t see it beyond that. Help me see it.

but you are correct, it is explicit that men should love their wives just as Christ loved the church. To keep her holy, cleansing by water through the word. So the doctrinal and covenantal matters are the priority

I misspoke


The Lord is right and good. He is sovereign over the ends and the means. Trust God to lead you through the means of a Godly husband. If you hooked your wagon to an unGodly man, it will be much harder.


A just man earns the respect of a just women and will honor her vow, love, honor and obey. The just man will do like wise with a just women ,love, honor and protect.


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