Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.
(Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible interpretation of this verse with my additions in parenthesis.)
Every wise woman buildeth her house,…. Not only by her fruitfulness, as Leah and Rachel built up the house of Israel (by bearing and raising children); but by her good housewifery (keeping their homes clean and tidy), prudent economy (spending their husband’s money carefully); looking well to the ways of her household (making sure everyone is well-fed, well-clothed, and well-loved); guiding the affairs of her house with discretion (she shows the love of Christ to all who live in and visit her home and she makes sure no evil enters into her home so it will not be defiled); keeping all things in a good decorum (taking good care of what her family owns so that it lasts a long time); and bringing up her children in virtue, and in the fear and admonition of the Lord (reading the Word to them, having them memorize scripture, and teaching them continually about the ways of the Lord).
…but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands; the Vulgate Latin version adds, “being built”; this she does by her idleness and laziness (entertaining herself instead of keeping a clean and tidy home); by her lavish and profuse way of living (spending more than her husband earns); by her negligence and want of economy (wasteful and not careful with what her family owns); by her frequenting playhouses, and attention to other diversions (constantly on her iPhone, the Internet, or watching TV); and so her family and the affairs of it go to wreck and ruin.
So likewise all false teachers do as this foolish woman does, by their impure lives and impious doctrines, defile the temple of God, subvert the faith of many; by means of whom the tabernacle of David, or house of God, is fallen down; the ruins and breaches of which Christ will repair in the latter day.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
2 Corinthians 13:5
“The home is powerful. If it were not an important institution, the enemies of God and of man would leave it alone. The people who control the home control the future, parents are the first representatives of God on earth, within the home is the hope of morality”. (Fr. Daniel A. Lord)