1 Peter 3:7, The wife as the “weaker vessel”

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JP: Our AFB lesson for Sunday October 31st will be 1 Peter 3:1-7. This post focuses on the phrase “weaker vessel”.

I started a discussion on Sharper Iron where other Pastors were invited to comment on this phrase. I expressed my own study and views on the phrase there. For those interested in the full Sharper Iron discussion, please visit this link.

What is clear to me is that weaker does not mean inferior!

Weaker vessel does not mean!

  • That a woman is less intelligent than a man or
  • Inferior in any way

Generally women are smaller in stature and weaker physically than men. I personally think this is in view in 1 Peter 3:7. Because they are smaller and weaker than men AND because they have the privilege of bearing life, they are to be protected and honored.

The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood website has helpful articles. Search for 1 Peter 3:7

The Affirmations of the Danvers Statement are helpful:

In the family, husbands should forsake harsh or selfish leadership and grow in love and care for their wives; wives should forsake resistance to their husbands’ authority and grow in willing, joyful submission to their husbands’ leadership (Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; Tit 2:3-5; 1 Pet 3:1-7).

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