John Chrysostom (AD 347–407) on husbands’ attitudes toward their wives

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“The partner of one’s life, the mother of one’s children, the foundation of one’s every joy, one ought never to chain down by fear and threats, but with love and good temper. For what sort of union is that, where the wife trembles at her husband? And what sort of pleasure will the husband have if he dwells with his wife as with a slave? Yea, even though you suffer everything on her account, do not scold her; for neither did Christ do this to the Church.”

– John Chrysostom (AD 347–407), Homilies on Ephesians, Homily XX

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