Sirach, CHAPTER 26
Happy the husband of a good wife;
the number of his days will be doubled.
A loyal wife brings joy to her husband,
and he will finish his years in peace.
A good wife is a generous gift
bestowed upon him who fears the Lord.
Whether rich or poor, his heart is content,
a smile ever on his face.
There are three things I dread,
and a fourth which terrifies me:
Public slander, the gathering of a mob,
and false accusation―all harder to bear than death.
A wife jealous of another wife is heartache and mourning;
everyone feels the lash of her tongue.
A wicked wife is a chafing yoke;
taking hold of her is like grasping a scorpion.
A drunken wife arouses great anger,
for she does not hide her shame.
By her haughty stare and her eyelids
an unchaste wife can be recognized.
Keep a strict watch over an unruly wife,
lest, finding an opportunity, she use it;
Watch out for her impudent eye,
and do not be surprised if she betrays you:
As a thirsty traveler opens his mouth
and drinks from any water nearby,
So she sits down before every tent peg
and opens her quiver for every arrow.
A gracious wife delights her husband;
her thoughtfulness puts flesh on his bones.
A silent wife is a gift from the Lord;
nothing is worth more than her self-discipline.
A modest wife is a supreme blessing;
no scales can weigh the worth of her chastity.
The sun rising in the Lord’s heavens―
the beauty of a good wife in her well-ordered home.
The light which shines above the holy lampstand―
a beautiful face on a stately figure.
Golden columns on silver bases―
so her shapely legs and steady feet.
DANGERS TO INTEGRITY AND FRIENDSHIP
Two things bring grief to my heart,
and a third arouses my anger:
The wealthy reduced to want,
the intelligent held in contempt,
And those who pass from righteousness to sin―
the Lord prepares them for the sword.
A merchant can hardly keep from wrongdoing,
nor can a shopkeeper stay free from sin;