“Her Business, Her Castle” The Wife as a Fruitful Vine

Psalm 128:3 “The wife shall be as a vine by the sides of the house, not only as a spreading vine which serves for an ornament, but as a fruitful vine which is for profit, and with the fruit whereof both God and man are honoured, Judg. ix. 13. The vine is a weak and tender plant, and needs to be supported and cherished, but it is a very valuable plant, and some think (because all the products of it were prohibited to the Nazarites) it was the tree of knowledge itself. The wife’s place is the husband’s house there her business lies, and that is her castle. Where is Sarah thy wife? Behold, in the tent where should she be else? Her place is by the sides of the house, not under-foot to be trampled on, nor yet upon the house-top to domineer (if she be so, she is but as the grass upon the house-top, in the next psalm), but on the side of the house, being a rib out of the side of the man. She shall be a loving wife, as the vine, which cleaves to the house-side, an obedient wife, as the vine, which is pliable, and grows as it is directed. She shall be fruitful as the vine, not only in children, but in the fruits of wisdom, and righteousness, and good management, the branches of which run over the wall (Gen. xlix. 22; Ps. lxx. 11), like a fruitful vine, not cumbering the ground, nor bringing forth sour grapes, or grapes of Sodom, but good fruit.”[1]

1. Henry, Matthew. A Commentary on the Whole Bible: Volume 3, Job to Song of Solomon. Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Company, page 736&737.

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