Proverbs 18:22
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22  He who finds a wife has found happiness And has won the favor of Hashem.

ma-TZA i-SHAH MA-tza TOV va-YA-fek ra-TZON may-a-do-NAI

כב  מָצָא אִשָּׁה מָצָא טוֹב וַיָּפֶק רָצוֹן מֵיְהֹוָה׃

 18:22   He who finds a wife has found happiness

This verse is a parallel to the verse in which Hashem says, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper for him” (Genesis 2:18). God wants man to find a wife who will serve as his partner in life. When he does, Hashem will bless that union, as it fulfils His will. The Hebrew word for ‘man’ is eesh (איש), and the word for ‘woman’ is eeshah (אשה). The two words share two out of three Hebrew letters, א and ש. The other two letters, י and ה, spell one of the names of God. The Sages (Sotah 17a) teach that when man and woman unite in marriage and work together, the presence of the Lord resides with them.

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  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
    9 Two are better off than one, in that they have greater benefit from their earnings.
    10 For should they fall, one can raise the other; but woe betide him who is alone and falls with no companion to raise him!
    11 Further, when two lie together they are warm; but how can he who is alone get warm?
    12 Also, if one attacks, two can stand up to him. A threefold cord is not readily broken!

    I wholeheartedly agree! HaShem is that necessary third Cord. When anyone informs me of plans for marriage, I always counsel them this: it takes two…then give them opportunity to jump in with “Yeah, we know—50/50.” My response is, “No. it takes two to make a divorce, three to make a marriage.” It always has, it always will. Marriage is not easy at times, but the presence of HaShem makes it downright do-able.

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Proverbs 18:22

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