Thursday, August 3, 2006

For Quick Consumption!

"He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD." (Pro 18.22 ESV)

As a bachelor one of my favorite observations from the pen of Adam Clarke is found in his Commentary for this verse. The Doctor writes:

"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing - Marriage, with all its troubles and embarrassments, is a blessing from God; and there are few cases where a wife of any sort is not better than none, because celibacy is an evil; for God himself hath said, 'It is not good for man to be alone.'"

It's rather humorous, isn't it? Even most bad marriages are better than singleness according to Clarke! There was, however, one marriage so horrible that it may have tested the limits to this opinion:

Wesley's marriage to Vazeille. (I've spoken of Wesley's amorous woes in part one here and part two here.)