What does the Bible say about "nagging"?


Clarify Share Report Asked February 22 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The verses that come most readily to my mind are Proverbs 21:19 ("It is better to live in a desert than to live with a nagging wife who loves to argue."); Proverbs 25:24 ("It is better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife"); and Proverbs 27:15-16 ("A nagging wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm. Stopping her is like trying to stop the wind. It’s like trying to grab olive oil with your hand.")

(If Solomon was the author of these verses, he may have been drawing on his personal experiences with his 700 wives and 300 concubines.)

February 23 2021 3 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
NAVE (Nave’s Topical Bible) lists only 2 references for “nagging”: Judg. 14:17; 16:16. Pressure can also come in the form of psychological force upon an individual to wear down his resistance. Samson relented and told his wife the riddle he had devised because she had cried for a week and had pressed him so hard (Judg. 14:17). Similarly, Delilah "pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death," and he told her the secret of his strength (Judg. 16:16).

The two uses in Judges describe women who are persistently nagging Samson, and in both cases he succumbs to their pestering him! (Jdg. 14:17, Jdg. 16:16). Personally, though, I hate nagging. I was once in charge of writing the “thought for the day” for a factory of 75 employees, this thought being close to the time clock where everyone saw it. I once posted a thought about nagging, from a Christian point of view, about a nagging wife, and boy, did I get push-back from one of the women, probably a married woman! Her response was, “If you treat your wife like a thoroughbred, you'll never end up with a nag.”

August 13 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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