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While Gorgias the orator was reading a speech on unity, Melanthius quipped, “This fellows tells us about unity, when he can’t convince even his household of three (himself, his wife and his female slave) to have unity.” For it seems that a matter arose involving Gorgias’ desire and his wife’s jealousy for that slave girl.
So, it is best for a man’s own house to be in harmony if he seeks to bring harmony to the city and market and friends.
It seems that the crowd forgets the wrongs of a woman before they forget the wrongs done to a woman.
Greek Text and Notes:
This story brings to mind:
4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 1 Timothy 3:4–5 (ESV)