1 Peter 3:7 Why Are a Husband’s Prayers Hindered?

After addressing the submission of wives to their husbands in 1 Peter 3:1-6 the Apostle turns his discussion toward husbands and the treatment of their wives in verse 7 when he states “Likewise, ye husbands”.  He then caps the commands toward husbands with a warning to them of what will happen if they do not treat their wives as he has just stated when he says “that your prayers be not hindered”.

Before we discuss how the Apostle Peter, writing under the inspiration of God, tells husbands to treat their wives, we must first address whose prayers are being hindered.

Whose Prayers Will be Hindered?

Mathew Henry in his famous commentary stated the following about verse 7 of 1 Peter 3:

“The reasons are, Because she is the weaker vessel by nature and constitution, and so ought to be defended: but then the wife is, in other and higher respects, equal to her husband; they are heirs together of the grace of life, of all the blessings of this life and another, and therefore should live peaceably and quietly one with another, and, if they do not, their prayers one with another and one for another will be hindered, so that often “you will not pray at all, or, if you do, you will pray with a discomposed ruffled mind, and so without success.”

The key phrase in Matthew Henry’s statement above is “if they do not, their prayers one with another and one for another will be hindered”.    The “they” and “their” he is referring to is both the husband and wife.

Matthew Henry was taking the position that this phrase “and as being heirs together of the grace of life” was addressing both the husband and wife and therefore the warning “that your prayers be not hindered” was addressed to both husbands and wives.

But this is where we must remind ourselves that no commentator, no matter how famous or respected, is inerrant in their interpretation or application of the Scriptures.

I have read writings of many of the great men of the reformation like Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Knox.  I loved reading the commentaries of Spurgeon as a young man.  But a realization I had to come to was, none of these men were more inerrant than any Christians before them or after them except for those men who spoke and wrote the very Word of God.  Only the Old Testament Prophets, Jesus Christ and his Apostles after him were inerrant in their writings and understanding of God’s will.

This blog is in essence an online commentary, not unlike that of Matthew Henry or Charles Spurgeon.  I could be wrong in my interpretation and applications of the Scriptures just as Matthew Henry or Charles Spurgeon could be wrong in theirs.   Each of us must look at the Scriptures, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, use our knowledge of the original language of the Scriptures as well the historical and grammatical context in which various passages are written to come to what we believe is the correct interpretation and application of the Scriptures.

Some have argued that Matthew Henry’s interpretation is correct because of the Greek word “hymōn” or “Humon” (transliterated) that is in the phrase “that your [Humon] prayers be not hindered”.    They argue that since humon is always used in a plural sense to speak to a group, that it is talking to both the husband and the wife.

While it true that humon is always speaking to a group, we must look to the context to know what group it is speaking to. In the same passage we are discussing, the apostle Peter begins his conversation on marriage by first speaking to wives in 1 Peter 3:1-2:

“Likewise, ye wives [gynaikes], be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your [humon] chaste conversation coupled with fear.”

The English word “wives”, is a translation of the Greek word used to address women in the plural sense which is “gynaikes”.  From the passage above, whose “chaste conversation couple with fear” is the Apostle addressing? It is clear from the context that it is that of the wives.

Peter uses the Greek word which refers to men in the plural sense “andres” to refer to husbands, when he writes the passage we are looking at:

“Likewise, ye husbands [andres], dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your [humon] prayers be not hindered.”

There is nothing in the language of 1 Peter 3:7 which would indicate the prayers being hindered are anyone other than that of a husband’s prayers in the same way that the chaste and fearful behavior of verse 2 is referring strictly to wives in reference to their husbands.

Therefore, we can rightly conclude that 1 Peter 3:7 in its entirety is speaking to husbands and not both husbands and wives.

So, Peter is saying that if husbands don’t do the things, he commanded them toward their wives, their prayers will be hindered.  Now let’s look at how husbands are commanded to treat their wives.

Three Things God Commands of Husbands Toward their Wives

“dwell [sunoikeo ] with them according to knowledge[Gnosis],”

Sunoikeo refers to domestic association, people living together but it also was commonly used as euphemism for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman.  And the Greek word gnosis means exactly what is translated as – knowledge.  It is to know about something or to know someone intimately depending on the context.    So, we can see the Apostle is saying “Husbands as you live together with your wives in this intimate and sexual relationship, do so according to knowledge”.  So, the question is what knowledge is he talking about?  Is it just a general knowledge of God and His Word? Is it also knowing your wife’s strengths and weaknesses and where she needs spiritual instruction? And could it also be knowing her fears, her concerns and her requests?  I will give the answer after we finish looking at the last two parts of this verse.

Peter then moves on to tell men two ways in which they must give proper honor their wives.  The first way is mentioned below:

“giving honour unto the wife [gune], as unto the weaker [Asthenes] vessel [Skeuos],”

The Greek word Asthenes means “weak, infirm or feeble” and Skeuos literally refers to vessels like household utensils including bowls or pitchers.  Skeuos is a common euphemism for the human body in the New Testament and our souls are seen as indwelling our vessels.

What this means is that husbands are to give honor to their wives as is appropriate for their station as the weaker vessel. But why would we honor someone for being weaker?

The answer is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9:

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

If we remember that God created men to image his attributes, including his strength, and woman to image mankind and our weakness and dependence upon God then this makes perfect sense.  In the same way that we should glory in our weakness and need of God’s strength, so too women should glory in their weakness and dependence upon man’s strength.  And thus, we as men should not demean women who demonstrate their need of our strength, but instead we honor women for doing this.

The honoring of the weaker vessel also means we honor women for fulfilling the complete role that God designed the weaker vessel to play.  In Proverbs 31:28 after showing all the wonderful ways in which the virtuous wife serves her husband, his children and his home the Bible tells us the following:

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”

Now that we have covered the first way men are commanded to honor their wives, we can now move on to the second way men are commanded to honor their wives.

“and as being heirs together of the grace of life”

Wives are to be accorded the honor that is due to fellow believers and husbands should never forget that their wives are not only their wives, but sisters in Christ. In Romans 12:10 we read the following of how we are to treat our brethren in Christ:

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another”.

So, we see three things men are commanded to do toward their wives:

  1. Live with them in an intimate and sexual relationship according to knowledge.
  2. Honor them for the part in God’s master design that he has designed them to play as the weaker vessel.
  3. Honor them as fellow believers and sisters in Christ.

What knowledge do men need to have with their wives?

In 2 Peter 3:18 we read “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen”.  There is no doubt that first and foremost the goal of every Christian should be to grow in the knowledge of Christ and then apply that knowledge to everything we do in this life including how we conduct our marriages.

But 1 Peter 3:7 does not say “dwell with them according to the knowledge of God” or “dwell with them according to the knowledge of Christ”.  It simply says dwell with them according to knowledge. And since the treatment of wives by their husbands is the subject Peter is addressing it strongly suggests that knowledge is indeed a husband’s knowledge of his wife.

And this idea of a man needing to know his wife on a spiritual level is seen in Ephesians 5:25-27:

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

How can a man wash his wife’s spiritual spots and wrinkles if he does not know his wife’s mind? Again, in Ephesians 5:28-29, we read the following of husbands toward their wives:

“So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church”

How can a man know his wife’s needs without knowing her mind? Without talking to her?

And finally, our greatest indicator of what “knowledge” husbands are supposed to have as they live with their wives is found in the warning given to husbands:

“that your prayers be not hindered”

In 1 Peter 5:7 the Bible tells us “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you”.  We are called to cast our cares, our concerns and our fears upon God because he cares for us.  Is that not a huge part of our prayers to God?

So as husbands if we want God to hear our cares and concerns why would we think we can do so while turning a deaf ear to our wife’s cares and concerns?

God Sometimes Will Not Hear Our Prayers and so Too Husbands Will Not Hear Their Wives

Now the principles I have just laid out from the Scriptures about men needing to hear their wife’s concerns in the same way that they want God to hear their concerns could certainly be abused.  In fact, it has been abused by the modern church today which has been infested with feminism.

If we remember that man images God in the life of his wife then we must also remember that God sometimes will not hear our prayers because of our sin.  In Isaiah 1:15, God says to his wife Israel, “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood”.  Because Israel was in open sin against God, her husband, he hid himself from seeing her needs and he would not hear her requests.  In the same way, when a wife is acting in unrepentant sin against her husband, she cannot expect that he will hear her requests.

In James 4:3 we read “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts”.  So, when we ask God with wrong motives or ask with selfish ambition, he will not hear such requests and in the same way if a husband sees his wife asking for something with wrong motives or from a position of selfishness, he has every right to turn down such sinful requests.

Finally, in John 5:14 the Bible states “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”.   Just as husband should know his wife’s mind, so too a wife should know her husband’s mind.  And a wife should never ask her husband for something she knows goes against his will on a matter just as we should never pray to God for something we know goes against his will especially as recorded in the Bible.

Conclusion

1 Peter 3:7 is written to husbands, not husbands and wives.  The prayers that will be hindered are not the prayers of both the husband and wife, but of the husband alone.  God tells men they must dwell with their wives according to knowledge, honor them in their station as the weaker vessel, and honor them as fellow believers and sisters in Christ.  If a husband fails to do these three things, God will not hear his prayers.

When we look at God’s command of husbands in Ephesians 5:25-27 to wash their wife’s spiritual spots and wrinkles with the Word, we know that part of the knowledge Peter alludes to in 1 Peter 3:7 is of a man knowing his wife’s spiritual character.  He cannot wash what he does not know.

When we look at God’s command of husbands in Ephesians 5:28-29 for them to love and care for the needs of their wife’s body and protect her as they would their own body then we also know that part of the knowledge Peter alludes to in 1 Peter 3:7 is a man knowing his wife’s requests for her physical needs.

In 1 Peter 3:5-6, which directly proceeds the passage we have been studying, the Apostle Peter writes “For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement”.   A woman, if she is following the example given to us by God of the women of old is to regard her husband as her lord.

The Greek word kurios translated as “lord” in 1 Peter 3:6 can also be translated as “master” as it is in Colossians 4:1 where the Bible states “Masters [Kurios], give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master [Kurios] in heaven”.  In many ways 1 Peter 3:7 repeats this same concept of Colossians 4:1 with husbands toward their wives.   We as husbands must remember that just as we are a master to our wives, we also have a master in heaven who watches how we treat her.

This does not mean that if a man’s wife is divorcing him or other bad things are happening that it automatically means he is not living with his wife according to knowledge or not honoring her as the weaker vessel and as a fellow sister in Christ.  We must remember that wife’s can and do act in evil ways against their husbands just as Israel acted in evil ways against her husband who was God.  In Isaiah 1:15 God hid his eyes from Israel and closed his ears to her prayers because she was in sinful rebellion against him.

No wife can expect to have her husband’s ear while she stands in rebellion against him.

Also, God makes it clear in John 5:14 that we don’t get everything we request from him, but only what is in accordance with his will.  And this is no different with a husband and wife situation.   A husband hearing his wife’s requests and granting them are two very different things.  And once a woman knows her husband’s mind on something, she ought not to continue asking for that same thing knowing it goes against his will.

The Scriptures warn us in Proverbs 4:27 “Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil”.  And on this matter of the treatment of wives, like most other moral subjects, there is a far left and a far right position that are both wrong and the Bible stands in the middle of the two.

On the one hand, a man knowing his wife’s spiritual mindset, her cares and her concerns is not the same as him having to run all family decisions through his wife first.  Nothing in the Scriptures gives this requirement of men.  Marriage is not a partnership, but rather a patriarchy.  When the Scriptures refer to a man dwelling with his wife according to knowledge, it is in regard to him knowing her personal spiritual and physical needs, not him getting her vote on family decisions.

On the other hand, A man knowing his wife’s spiritual condition, knowing her mind, knowing what her physical needs are, hearing her cares and concerns, honoring her station as the weaker vessel and honoring her as a fellow sister is not him putting his wife on a pedestal.  It is him obeying the Word of God.  And if he does not obey the Word of God on these matters God will not hear his prayers.  This is the express teaching of 1 Peter 3:7.

13 thoughts on “1 Peter 3:7 Why Are a Husband’s Prayers Hindered?

  1. I agree with most of what you have said, but I still agree with Matthew Henry, that the reason why 1 Peter 3:7 goes immediately from referring to a singular wife(gynaikeiō) (which you forgot to mention) to the plural “your” in: that your prayers be not hindered, is not because all husbands prayers will be hindered by one man’s ignorant treatment of the singular wife mentioned, but because their joint prayers will be hindered by their lack of unity.
    I too had made a post regarding this:
    https://laf443259520.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/god-hears-husbands/
    Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

  2. Sharkly,

    The use of the singular gynaikeiō does not change the fact that Peter is addressing husbands as a group just as he addressed wives as group earlier. My company sends out emails each week to all employees. It says something like “Employees please make sure you remember holiday this week on your timesheet”. It is addressing a group, as to what to do with a particular item each person in the group has. This is no different friend. There is no way this passage is saying something like all husbands prayers would be hindered because one man mistreated his wife. It is saying to husbands as a group, that each of them has a responsibility to treat their wife in this way prescribed.

  3. I know that this blog is geared more toward men, and so I hope I dont offend by commenting on this, so I am going to do my best not to come off as teach-y and just give my own personal experience. You hear often the phrase “what you think of your earthly father often reflects on your relationship with your heavenly father.” But I think that as a wife you can take that a bit farther. Talking to other young wives, I think most of them would agree. Our relationship with our husbands will end up reflecting onto our relationship with our heavenly husband, ae the bride of Christ. There are exceptions, but nearly every single wife (which aren’t many, but still present) I know that has a husband who does not allow them to share their fears, problems, and struggles, they often shut God out of it as well. If our husband, who is supposed to mirror the love of Christ towards us, doesn’t want us to share our emotional, physical, and spiritual problems then we can often can get Christ’s love messed up. Of course, that’s not an excuse to stop our relationship with God, but it’s difficult to make it thrive. I dont know if I am making any sense, but I will clarify if need be.

    I think that also, if a husband is truly going to mirror the love of Christ than he should be motivated out of his love for his wife to know her heart, just like Christ is to the church. My husband knows me very well, and can tell when I am struggling with something. Normally, he waits until I come to him and share it with him to address it, unless it is something that is disrespectful or etc. There is something very humbling about going to him and sharing my struggles. Imagine if he rejected it, didn’t want to hear about it, and told me to be silent about my struggles. Whew, I think that would just about break my heart, and I understand how some women I know end up shutting out God when their husband is like that.

    God already knows our hearts, he created them. But he still wants us to tell him our struggles and fears. Of course, we approach him with reverence, like a wife should do towards her husband, but that doesn’t negate still sharing our hearts with him. He does that because he loves us, which is the same love a husband is commanded to have for his wife. My husband doesn’t put me on a pedestal just because he wants to know my heart deeper. How is he supposed to know what’s best for me if I dont share my struggles?

  4. TheEducatedWife,

    I think you are hitting the nail on the head of what I was trying to show here. It is one thing for a husband to be controlled by his wife’s emotions and feelings and have his decisions determined by the emotional whims of his wife. I think we would all agree that would be wrong on his part. But there are husbands who simply shut their wives out. I have personally seen in this with some male relatives and how they treat their wives. They don’t talk to their wives and they do not want to know their wife’s struggles. They just don’t want to hear it. But in those times when life gets hard for them as men, when they loose their job or have some other crisis they are down on their knees crying out to God wanting him to listen to their cares, yet they have turned a deaf ear to their wife’s care for so many years.

    Yes the church is completely wrong today in teaching men to follow their wife’s feelings in making decisions and errant teachings like I just heard the other day from a relative that “the wife is the Holy Spirit of the home“. Nothing could be further from the truth. But there is a big difference between being lead by your wife’s feelings and shutting her out and never talking to her or allowing her to express them.

    Now on the subject of wives expressing their cares and concerns to their husbands I do believe that husbands can and should intervene in their wife’s life to show her where she may be having wrong thoughts and direct her toward the Word of God. This part of the washing with the Word that Ephesians 5 alludes to. God does this with us. Sometimes we pray to God pouring out our heart only for him to reveal through the Holy Spirit and through his Word that what we were thinking or asking for was wrong and we need to adjust our feelings.

    The Scriptures tell us that we are to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”(2 Corinthians 10:5) and that Bible tells us “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”(Romans 12:2). As husbands we need to help our wives in this way to bring their thoughts into obedience to Christ and to be transformed by their renewing of their mind.

  5. TheEducatedWife,

    Let me try and say this another way as to wives being able to bring their thoughts, cares and concerns to their husbands. Just as we should not expect to bring our thoughts, care and concerns to God without him speaking back to us through his Holy Spirit or his Word, so too wives should not expect their husbands to be silent and just listen. That is what is sold in many counseling offices and pulpits today. A woman’s thoughts, feelings and concerns are never misplaced or wrong we are told. They are sacred. And we men just need to sit and listen and shut up and not try to solve any problem she brings up. But that is not how God operates and that is not how we as men should operate.

    If my wife comes to me to share a concern, I will listen and hear her out. But then when she is done I will speak into her life the Word of God. Sometimes it is me just giving her a promise from God’s Word that he will provide. Other times it is a correction of her thoughts, that her thoughts are not in obedience to Christ and his Word.

    Are there times when I shut my wife down? Yes. But I usually have a good reason for that. The first reason is that she is expressing her concern at inappropriate time in front others and the conversation should be had in private. Other times she is expressing her concern in a very disrespectful way, so I will tell her when she can bring her concern respectfully she can bring it back to me. And another reason I shut down my wife’s “sharing of her opinion” is because we have already had this discussion before about this exact thing, I heard her and disagreed with her take on it. And she is simply attempting to badger me into going along with her.

    But if my wife brings a new concern(something we have not discussed previously) and she does so in the proper setting and the right way I do try and hear her out and then speak into her life.

  6. @ the educated wife

    I concur, that if a husband is to model Christ, then he should know the heart of his wife. He should know in order to lead and sanctify her.

    My disagreement is not if your supposition is true, but whether that is what Peter is saying and if it is a valid coercive threat aimed at husbands. The use of the plural and the phrase “heirs together” or “joint heirs” supports both ideas. Heirs together may indicate the unity or the oneness of marriage. As neither the axe head nor the axe handle are an axe, but are together the axe! So also Peter’s meaning is not explicit. Does he mean both the husband and wife as individuals are heirs or is the union of husband and wife the heirs? Individual or covenant grouping?

    A hermetic principle is to approach the unclear in scripture with humility. Seek out harmonious passages to confirm your understanding and let the clear passages interpret the unclear. 1 Peter 3:7 is IMO not clear and BGR’s preferred interpretation seems to me to lack corroboration from the rest of scripture. If BGR is correct it is an outlier In scripture. I personally don’t like outliers, they make me think I am forcing my presuppositions onto the text or am in error. I might be wrong, it is unclear, the verse is unclear. That is why I think that it is unwise to be dogmatic or create ethical principles where we should be cautious and admit our fallibility. It is a dangerous practice to make scripture say what it does not, we should have a bias toward a conservative Interpretation. It is also dangerous to use the wrong proof text to undergird an ethical stand.

    So should husbands know the heart of their wife? Of course!
    Has this verse been abused by feminists to wrestle authority from men? Obviously!
    Is BGR correctly interpreting 1 Pe 3:7 or am I? It might just be we are both making an error or both partially right. In any case, we are part of the brotherhood of Christ, hopefully in a fellowship of iron sharpening iron.

  7. BGR,
    I agree with you. My husband does things very similar to what you stated in your comment. If I am doing something in public or being disrespectful or something in that regard, he will stop it immediately. But if it’s something like not reading my bible one day, he normally will wait to see if it lasts for a few days before saying something to allow me the time to come to him and explain what is going on in my spiritual life that is hendering me. If it goes on for too long (really just a few days), he will say something first.

    Jonadab,
    I respect your interpretation of scripture, but my husband and before him my father has always interpreted that passage in the manner that BGR is, so that is what I believe as well. But I have also been taught that womans prayer – anyone’s prayers, can and will be hindered by having unconfessed sins in our hearts. Psalms 66:18 – if I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me… so I do believe that can be applied to wives who are sinning against God by being unsubmissive and disrespectful to their husbands. I was just always taught that the scripture of 1 Peter was in regards to husbands.

  8. Jonadab,

    Obviously you and I could go round and round on this or repeat arguments we have made before but I think we would agree that would probably not be a fruitful exercise. But since you did respond twice and I only directly responded to Sharkly and not you I think I will give myself this one response to you brother.

    TheEducatedWife – it will look like I am stealing your argument, but this has been my argument as well for some time. I just want to put my own packaging on it. 🙂

    I would equate my argument about men having their prayers hindered because of mistreatment of their wives to my argument about women denying their husbands sex.

    Most people when talking about sexual denial of husbands go straight to 1 Corinthians 7:3-5. For the sexual denial of a wife by her husband, that is definitely the place to go. But for sexual denial of the husband by the wife I point people more often to Ephesians 5:24’s command for women to submit to their husbands “in every thing”. As that is the greater Biblical command being violated when a woman refuses her husband sexually. 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 from the husband’s perspective just gets into a more specific sin regarding submission of wife in the sexual arena.

    It is the same principle with husbands having their prayers hindered. There is a greater principle that applies to both husbands and wives and really to all Christians. And that greater principle is found in Psalm 66:18 which states “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”. So I don’t even need 1 Peter 3:7 to dogmatically preach to husbands that if they are living in unrepentant sin against their wives God will not hear their prayers. 1 Peter 3:7 is much like 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 in that is simply takes a larger Biblical principle, that sin can hinder our prayers as Christians, and specifically applies it to a husband’s maltreatment of his wife.

    While I am dogmatic on the Scriptural principle that a man living in unrepentant sin against his wife will have his prayers hindered based on the larger Psalm 66:18 principle that sin can inhibit our prayers, there are some areas of this passage I would agree are not as specific. We don’t know exactly what “knowledge” Peter is speaking to. What honoring a wife as the weaker vessel is could be much debated. But what I think is not debatable is the fact that if a husband does not afford his wife the basic honor he would give to any other fellow believer his prayers will be hindered. Even if you believe as Matthew Henry, that it applies to both husbands and wives, it still applies to husbands as well.

    There is no way I would ever comfort a man who physically abuses his wife and I mean real abuse, not the modern definition which is anything that hurts a wife’s feelings. I mean a man who uses his wife as a punching bag, or refuses to provide for her basic need of food, clothing and shelter while he sits around partying or playing video games – there is no way I would comfort such a man and tell him God hears his requests for help in other areas while he regards this kind of iniquity toward his wife in his heart. The prayer God is waiting for from him is “Lord I repent of the wicked way I have treated my wife” and once he stops regarding that inquity in his heart, God will then hear him.

    Could the Biblical principle that sin can hinder our prayers (both as husbands and wives) be abused as it is today to teach that if a man so much as makes his wife cry God will not hear his prayers? Yes. But just because a Biblical principle can be abused does not mean we should stop preaching it. We can certainly have debates about what is or is not sin against a wife in many areas. But I think some like the examples I just mentioned are not debatable.

    So I will leave it a that brother.

  9. BGR, your response to Jonadab has caused me to have a question. What do you believe are the sins that a man can commit towards his wife? Like you said, so many people abuse the bible verses, and I would love a clear answer to give to other wives who feel like their husband is mistreating them when he really isn’t. It would be great to be able to show them what real abuse looks like from a biblical standpoint.

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