“Better to live in the desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.” Proverbs 21:19
I don’t know why, but this proverb makes me giggle a little, every time I read it… Are there days Mr. Coppertop would rather be in a waterless dust storm, parched from the heat, and in a barren-wasteland than be in my presence? Sure, I can occasionally cause consternation, but really? I could think of a few less dramatic options like going to a different room or piddling around in the garage for a while.
I’m guessing that Solomon is not referring to one of his wife’s occasional bad moods or a weekend spat about the neglected Honey-Do list she left for him to complete. Solomon is obviously worn down from this woman, who apparently does not get off his case about anything. All he wants at this point is a quiet place away from the constant bombardment of her anger and discontent.
Reading this, I don’t necessarily substitute myself with this antagonist… I try not to be a quarrelsome wife. It does however, make me think twice before going down that road with my husband. Anger, nagging, and discontent can be a slippery slope for any one of us. Not only does it fester heaviness within your own heart, but beware, your husband might be making flight arrangements to a warmer climate… 😉