Does the Bible actually say that mothers should not work outside of the home?
First, Titus 2:5 does not
specifically teach that just mothers
are to be "keepers at home," but it
is applied to all young women. The
phrase "keepers at home" (KJV) is
from the Greek word: oijkourgovß.
(i.e.oikourgos.) This is combination
of two Greek words: oikos, meaning
"home" and urgos, translated
is derived from the root word
"ergon" which means: work,
employment, or task (Vines
Expository Dictionary of NT Words).
Robertson notes that the older
manuscripts contain the word
"oikourgos," while some newer ones
transliterate "urgos" to "ouros"
i.e. "keeper," which more accurately
means someone who is watching over
something or being a guardian.
Thus, a woman's work, employment,
or task is to be working in, and
watching over the home. John Gill's
commentary on Titus states that the
Jews taught that is what is meant by
being the "helpmeet" of her husband:
"that while he is abroad about his
business, she is (tybb tbvwy),
"sitting at home" and "keeping his
How is the word of God blasphemed
if this is not followed? I have
often wondered where Adam was when
Eve was being tempted. The bible
teaches that the woman was more
susceptible to the temptations of
the devil. It seems that she got
into lengthy discussion about God's
will over the forbidden fruit and
Adam had no input into that
conversation. The curse that they
brought upon themselves was that
Adam was to have toil in his labor
in earning a living, and Eve was to
have pain in childbirth and struggle
against the urge to usurp her
husband's authority over her.
While Eve's temptation was
distinctly limited to her female
characteristics, it can also be
reasonably concluded that Adam's
toil in providing for his family is
representative that it is the man
who is to earn the living.
Today, the divorce rate in this
country is said to be about 50%.
Some marriage counselors have
reported that adulterous
relationships occur mostly between
people who meet each other through
their jobs. Likewise, it is
estimated that women hold
approximately 50% of the jobs in the
workforce. Are these statistics just
coincidental? How many lives have
been ruined because two co-workers
of the opposite sex fell into
temptation? How many lives and
businesses have been ruined by
sexual harassment in the work place?
How many pastors have run off with
their church secretary? How is a
person to obey the command to "flee
immorality" if they are enduring
temptation at work for another
person? Must they quit their job?
Proverbs 31 describes the
"excellent wife" as one who "looks
well to the ways of her household."
All of her work and enterprise, and
even running a small home business,
are all done in the home. I believe
this is what is meant in Titus 2:6
when it says that a woman must be
subject to her "own husband." I used
to ask, "Well, who else's husband
would she be subject to?"
a woman at work in the workforce is
subject to another authority, her
employer - who may be a male
supervisor. A woman in an
employer/employee relationship is
under authorities that God has not
enjoined her to.