What does the Bible say about a husband who turns his back on his wife and children?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
If you are referring to a refusal to provide for them, Paul told Timothy, "Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (1 Timothy 5:8)

If by "turns his back", you mean that he ignores them, neglects them, or even refuses to have anything to do with them (but where his material support for them is not at issue), the Bible frequently likens the relationship of a man to his family (as both a husband and father) to the relationship of God to His people with respect to His love and care for them. If the man refuses to fulfill those roles, he is failing to provide the model that God intended for a husband and father to carry out within the family (Ephesians 5:25-33).

The Bible also refers to the relationship between a husband and wife as "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). This unique closeness that God intended for a husband and wife to have is broken when either spouse becomes indifferent to the other, or ignores them.

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