Sir 25

1My spirit is pleased with three things; these are approved in the sight of God and men: 2the harmony of brothers, and the love of neighbors, and a husband and wife agreeing well together. 3My soul hates three kinds of things; and I am greatly distressed over their souls: 4an arrogant pauper, a wealthy liar, a foolish and senseless elder. 5The things that you have not obtained in your youth, how will you find them in your old age? 6How beautiful it is for a grey head to have judgment, and for elders to know counsel! 7How beautiful it is for those who are aged to have wisdom, and for those who are honored to have understanding and counsel! 8Great experience is the crown of the aged, and the fear of God is their glory. 9I have magnified nine things, overlooked by the heart; and a tenth, I will declare to men with my tongue: 10a man who finds joy in his children, and one who lives to see the undoing of his enemies. 11Blessed is he who lives with a wise wife, and he who has not slipped with his tongue, and he who has not served those unworthy of himself. 12Blessed is he who finds a true friend, and he who describes justice to an attentive ear. 13How great is he who finds wisdom and knowledge! But there is no one above him who fears the Lord. 14The fear of God has set itself above all things. 15Blessed is the man to whom it has been given to have the fear of God. He who holds to it, to whom can he be compared? 16The fear of God is the beginning of his love; and the beginning of faith has been joined closely to the same. 17The sadness of the heart is every wound. And the wickedness of a wife is every malice. 18And a man will choose any wound, but the wound of the heart, 19and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a wife, 20and any obstacle, but the obstacle of those who hate him, 21and any vindication, but the vindication of his enemies. 22There is no head worse than the head of a serpent, 23and there is no anger above the anger of a wife. It would be more agreeable to abide with a lion or a dragon, than to live with a wicked wife. 24A wicked wife changes her face. And she darkens her countenance like a bear. And she displays it like sackcloth. In the midst of her neighbors, 25her husband groans, and hearing of this, he sighs a little. 26All malice is brief compared to the malice of a wife. Let the fate of sinners fall upon her! 27As climbing over sand is to the feet of the aged, so is a talkative wife to a quiet man. 28You should not favor a woman’s beauty, and you should not desire a wife for her beauty. 29The anger and disrespect and shame from a wife can be great. 30The wife, if she has primacy, is set against her husband. 31A wicked wife debases the heart, and saddens the face, and wounds the heart. 32A wife who does not make her husband happy enfeebles the hands and weakens the knees. 33The beginning of sin came from a woman; and through her, we all die. 34You should not provide an exit to your water, not even a little; nor should you give permission for a wicked wife to exceed the limit. 35If she will not walk at your hand, she will confound you in the sight of your enemies. 36Tear her away from your body, lest she abuse you continually.
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