The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
I definitely see the Proverbs 31 woman here. It’s interesting when you look at the Greek – often you get a fuller picture when you’re able to do that.
Notice the older women:
•their “behavior” – condition, demeanor
•”as becometh holiness” – reverent
•”not false accusers” – a tranducer, a slanderer, the Greek term is also used specifically for Satan
•”not given to much wine” – abundant, much, many
•”teachers of good things” – “a teacher of the right”
•they are to teach the young women (one commentator wrote: “it was therefore necessary that the old should be an example of godly living to the young.” This was so that the younger women could imitate what they saw)
The young wives are to:
•”be sober” – to discipline, to correct, and to be of sound mind.
•”to love their husbands” – to be fond of their husbands and to be affectionate as a wife
•”to love their children” – to be fond of their children and to be maternal
•”to be discreet” – to be of sound mind, to be self-controlled, and to be mild in opinion and passion
•”chaste” – to be pure and modest
•”keepers at home” – a guard, a “stayer at home,” domestically inclined (this was something I hadn’t looked at before! Interesting to see God’s command that my first priority is the home as well as to think of myself as my home and family’s “guard”)
•”good” – a benefit
•”obedient to their own husbands” – submit oneself to, to be in obedience to, to be subject to (just as Jesus is the head of the church, husbands are to be the head of the family – 1 Cor 11:3)
•”that the word of God may not be blasphemed” – villified, to speak evil of (one commentator wrote: “Or evil spoken of; particularly by unbelieving husbands, who lay all the blame on the religion of their wives.”)