We don't read in many Protestant circles the Apocryphal books unless we might minister in Anglican, or Catholic settings. However, this passage was brought to my attention the other day in speaking toward the subject of the superiority of women. This passage I mention is the third response from some young men who are asked to give statements to clarify their statements. The third one by Zerubbabel is extremely profound in many ways. Let me know your thoughts on this passage.
We have been discussing " RESPECT " in some of our CGMF bible study groups, and the lack thereof considering this generation toward, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, etc.. This passage came out of nowhere in that discussion.
13 Then the third young man, Zerubbabel, who had spoken of women and truth, began to speak: 14 “Gentlemen, isn’t the king great, aren’t men abundant, and isn’t wine strong? Who is it, though, that masters them or rules over them? Isn’t it women? 15 Women give birth to the king and to all the people who rule over the sea and land. 16 From women they all are born. It was women who brought up those men who plant the vineyards from which wine is produced.
17 “Women make men’s clothes. They bring men honor. Without women, men aren’t even able to exist. 18 If men gather gold and silver or any valuable thing, and then see a desirable and beautiful woman, 19 they forget everything to gaze at her. With mouths wide open, they stare at her. All choose her over gold, silver, or any other valuable thing. 20 A man leaves his own father, who raised him, and his own country, and clings to his own wife. 21 With his wife he departs this life, with no memory of his father or mother or country. 22 Therefore, surely you must recognize that women rule over you!
1 Esdras 4:13-22 CEB
Reverend Patrick Vossen,