Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
It means literally "the band of the house," the support of it, the person who keeps it together, as a band keeps together a sheaf of corn. There are many married men who are not husbands, because they are not bands of the house. In many cases the wife is the husband, who by her prudence and economy keeps the house together. The man who by his dissolute habits strips his house of all comfort, is only a husband in a legal sense. He is not a houseband; instead of keeping things together he scatters them.
Parallel VersesKJV: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.