Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.
Context should be considered as well – read the following verse, verse 11 also:
“To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.”
The “but if she does” is considered to be the escape clause allowing for separation. But of course, the acknowledgement that someone can do something is not a stamp of approval that they should do that thing. Particularly when Paul adds the no-remarriage/reconciliation-only followup, which would actually be a double-whammy against separation, as a single woman in that time and place was quite restricted in other options.
The bottom line is, wives are told, “do not separate.” No need to pray for the Lord’s will. He already let you know what it is.
“But…but…but…! Abusive husband! Lying husband! Husband who doesn’t provide! Husband who is unreasonable!”
Peace, sister. Follow Jesus and learn from him in suffering.
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