1 Peter 3:7 KJV Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
1 Peter 3:7 ISV In a similar way, you husbands must live with your wives in an understanding manner, as with a most delicate partner. Honor them as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing may interfere with your prayers.
Even if we still insist that she is weaker, the Word says ‘vessel” meaning the outward tangible container….her body. That is all. Indeed, it is true that most wives are physically weaker than their husbands BUT that is not universally true…it is NOT true of ALL marriage unions. In some cases, the husband is physically weaker than the wife. I contend that this lack of universal application unto all marriage unions for the phrase “a weaker vessel”, makes it unlikely to be the intended meaning in this scripture. Then we will have to make caveats and insert “ands, ifs or buts” to the testimony of the Written Word. A privilege this generation cannot…dare not usurp! Selah
Is she weaker spiritually? Not necessarily. The fact that she becomes the wife to her husband in the marriage union does not certainly make her weaker spiritually! Definitely not! Spiritual insight, maturity and strength in Christ is entirely dependent on how much of the Word of His Grace she has awakened to. It is same for the husband. He does not suddenly become spiritual stronger because he is married as husband to his wife. No! There are no gender predilections or factors to maturity, strength and growth in Christ. Selah. Then again, is it not arguably true that many of the wives are more spiritually enlightened?
Is she weaker mentally? Emphatically no. There is also no gender predilection here. Only cultural and parochial biases. Her mental fortitude entirely depends on how trained her mind is. It is independent of the marriage union. It cannot be the conclusion inferred in this phrase: “as unto a weaker vessel”
So then what is it?
What does the phrase really mean?
I reiterate my submission in the previous post. The emphasis is on how precious the wife ought to be regarded by the husband. Like a precious priceless jewel, he must hold her with care. He must be careful how he handles his priceless jewel. For indeed the wife is most precious to the husband. God has set it so. Man must live consistent with this Light.