13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like
the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
It is vital for a father to teach his child wisdom, and curtail their foolishness through discipline. Though this is no easy task it is well worth the effort, as it determines the child’s well-being as well as the father’s peace. The lazy father pays for his neglect, as does the lazy husband – through the trouble it brings him. Be attentive to the needs of your spouse and children not only for their sake but for your own. There are few things more miserable than a dysfunctional family, and few more pleasant than a family filled with joy.
“Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.” A great inheritance may be seen as a blessing, but it can turn out to be a curse. This is true of much of what the world values. Possessions, beauty, ambition and intelligence are as likely to bring trouble as they are to bring happiness. This cannot be said of the virtues, which come from the Lord. The example here is prudence, and the wife to whom it has been given. No harm can come of it, only good – a man would do well to value prudence over beauty.