Take My Wife, Please! (Proverbs 18:22)

“But seriously, take my wife...please!”


This is one of the oldest gag lines, credited to the comedian, Henry Youngman. It, of course, is a play on words and meant as a jest. For many comedians, marriage and the triumphs and travails of this relationship produces endless fodder for gags and one-liners.

Humor is very important in a marriage. We need to learn to laugh with each other, not at the expense of each other, seeking joy in the relationship. God created marriage so that our joy may be His glory.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 18:22

God created man and woman as partners in a marriage. But God clearly places the burden of leadership upon the man. God will bless the husband based upon how He honors and cares for His wife.

Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
1 Corinthians 7:3

For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Ephesians 5:23

Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:33

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
1 Peter 3:7

When a husband honors his wife, he is honoring God. God created marriage as a reflection of Jesus Christ’s love for His church. And He will abundantly bless both of you the more each partner seeks God’s will in their marriage.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.