He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord.
Describing a wife as “a good thing” isn’t something to be undersold. In fact, it could be the greatest example of Hebrew understatement in the entire Hebrew Scriptures. The beauty of Hebrew as a language is its ability to get straight to the point without all the flowery pomp and circumstance of languages like English.
“A good thing” is no slight. Labeling a wife, a marriage, as “a good thing” places the relationship and the status in lofty company:
- After each day of God’s process of creating the world, the creation is labeled as “good.” This puts finding a wife on par with the fact that the sun exists and gives light, that there are mountains and seas and that life, in all of its various forms, exists.
- The Promised Land for which God’s people longed after for 40 years was consistently described as a “good” land, one that would satisfy their needs and desires and provide an end to seemingly endless wandering and instability.
- God’s promise to David that a descendant of his would always reign over God’s people, a promise ultimately fulfilled in the person of Jesus, is described as a “good” thing.
A wife being described as “a good thing” is certainly no slight. A wife is a friend, a companion, a helper, a comfort, a challenge, a colleague, an encourager, a tether and a million other descriptors. All are succinctly summarized by the Proverbial declaration, “a good thing” and linked to obtaining the Lord’s favor. Certainly there is no more sure, constant reminder of God’s favor than finding a wife and building a life together, in the leaving of one family to start a new one, in learning how to selflessly and sacrificially love someone else to the lofty standard of Christ’s love for His church.
While formerly fashionable, marriage has never been easy. But it has always been worth it.