To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good. All these spring from love. They become good, and keepers at home, from affection to their husbands.
Obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
She who despises her husband, neglects also her house; but from love springs great soberness, and all contention is done away. And if he be a Heathen, he will soon be persuaded; and if he be a Christian, he will become a better man. Do you see the condescension of Paul? He who in everything would withdraw us from worldly concerns, here bestows his consideration upon domestic affairs. For when these are well conducted, there will be room for spiritual things, but otherwise, they too will be marred. For she who keeps at home will be also sober, she that keeps at home will be also a prudent manager, she will have no inclination for luxury, unseasonable expenses, and other such things.
That the word of God, he says, be not blasphemed.
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