"Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land."
As the saying goes, 'Behind every good man is a great woman'.
Husbands and wives are known not only for who they are, but also for who they are married to. How many times has it occurred during conversation...'Oh, you know, that is -----. He's married to -----,' and then the other person understands who is being talked about immediately. Husbands are known by their wives. They are known by our actions, our appearance, our temper, the way we manage our household and how we raise our children.
Makes me think...man, I've got some improving to do! :)
When the house is running smoothly because somehow we have managed to tap into our inner June Cleaver, our husbands will actually be held in higher regard by his peers. He will be more respected and others will think how lucky he is to have a wife who can manage his house so well.
(Right now I am thinking that I don't even want to know what message my management skills are sending...)
Managing our households well also allows time for our husbands to go out and conquer! Whether it is through business or politics or whatever he does to support the family, he will be able to devote more time and energy to it without worrying about what is going on at the house because he knows his wife has it all under control.
This verse really says a lot for just two short lines. Imagine Ward Cleaver from 'Leave it to Beaver' and Dan Conners from 'Roseann'...if in some crazy universe men were gathered together in a room that knew both of those gentlemen personally - who do you was more respected?