Things you never hear about the Puritans; they really valued a wife

Some quotes by the Puritans on marriage and a wife:

“The wife is ordained for man: like a little Zoar, a city of refuge to fly to in all his troubles: and there is no peace comparable unto her but the peace of conscience.”

“Women are creatures without which there is no comfortable Living for man…. They are a sort of Blasphemers then who despise and decry them, and call them a necessary Evil, for they are a necessary Good.”

“There is no society more near, more entire, more needful, more kindly, more delightful, more comfortable, more constant, more continual, than the society of man and wife, the main root, source, and original of all other societies.”

“A good wife being… The best Companion in Wealth; The fittest and readiest Assistant in worke; The greatest comfort in crosses and griefes;… And the greatest Grace and Honour that can be, to him that hath her.”

“It is a mercy to have a faithful friend that loveth you entirely…to whom you may open your mind and communicate your affairs…. And it is a mercy to have so near a friend to be a helper to your soul and…to stir up in you the grace of God.”

“God the first Institutor of marriage, gave the wife unto the husband, to bee, not his servant, but his helper, counsellor and comforter.”

All quoted in A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer (1990); page  262

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