What follows is a passage from one of E.W. Kenyon's books, The Father and His Family. It gives the essence of what we are about to study in detail:
"We know that today no nation rises above its womanhood, that few men are purer than their wife or mother.
We know that the motherhood and the wifehood of the land give us our homes.
Men may turn drunkards and debauchers and defame their marriage vows, but if the wives and mothers stand true, the home remains inviolate and children grow up clean, pure and reverent; but where the mother is a careless
woman, few of her children ever stand the test of the world's temptations." 1 (see Notes)
A comment made by J.E. McFayden, a Scottish theologian (1870-1933); bible translator; writer and scholar of Israel, the psalmists, and Old Testament prophets; and professor of Old Testament theology at the University of Glasgow, is also telling:
"All the Hebrew prophets knew that for the temper and quality of a civilization, the women are greatly responsible. A country is largely what their women make it; if they are careless or unwomanly, the country is on
the road to ruin." Amos 4:1-3 prophesies this, and the overall state of our nation, particularly its young people, bears it out.
What sobering admonitions. Women have been searching for equality, but a woman's
role far transcends it, for she is the very foundation upon which her family's life is built. And as the family unit is the "DNA" of society as a whole, the health and well-being of the world in which we live depends on her, first and foremost.