18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
If every home did this, we would have far fewer problems. 😉 This is not in any way a blanket statement as to the worth of women in general, simply a description of the function of how the home is intended to run. Even then, it’s not a universal statement that wives are to do everything they are commanded by their husbands, far from it. I think there is probably too much emotional baggage tied up verse 18 for most people to simply read it for what it’s actually saying, without reading anything into it that’s not really there. Wives are told to follow their husband’s godly leadership “as is fitting in the Lord.” That God’y leadership will be to love and not be harsh. The wife is not commanded to obey her husband like a child, the instruction for children is quite different “obey your parents in everything.” The father is still given peramaters of how to lead well, not provoking their children. This is the model for a biblical home.