Paul did not tell wives to reverence husbands

 Nevertheless [even though you cannot fully comprehend this] so love everyone after the manner [of Christ and] particularly love your wives even as yourselves and wives to [1] fear [2] husbands

Ephesians 5:33

[1] In Ephesians 5:33, Gender-biased-translator-supplements add an emphatic flavor to translations that favor male-headship but is not present in the texts. The text simply reads “…and wives to fear husbands.” Here are examples of misleading English-translation-theology that add a non-existent emphatic flavor to the the verse: …the wife see that she…KJV; …the wife must… NIV; …the wife must see to it that…NASB. None of these phrases exist in the Greek texts. The apostle was not commanding wives to be reverent to husbands. He was telling them to have a healthy fear of them.   

[2] In Ephesians 5:33, the Greek word translated as reverence or respect is phobeō or phobetai depending on the text. Sixty-two times the word is translated as fear. Twenty-Three times it is translated as “be afraid.” Another five times it is translated as “be afraid of.” Only once is it translated as reverence, and that with respect to women.

Phobeō is the root of the English word, phobia and never has a connotation of reverence. The most literal meaning of the word is fear or be afraid of. In the first century, there was no legal recourse for women against domestic violence. There was nothing but moral constraint to prevent husbands from beating wives. Sadly, history has shown that moral constraints without legal clout prove inadequate in protecting women from wife beaters.

Out of 90 occurrences of the word phobeō [in the Greek text] with only one translated as reverence, one can only shake their head in wonder at the effort expended to justify the mistranslation.

This is an excerpt from The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary edited by this author

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