|My soul takes pleasure in three things, |
and they are beautiful in the sight of the Lord and of men;
agreement between brothers, friendship between neighbors,
and a wife and a husband who live in harmony.
|Praiseworthy people. Sir.25.1-11|
|My soul hates three kinds of men, |
and I am greatly offended at their life:
a beggar who is proud, a rich man who is a liar,
and an adulterous old man who lacks good sense.
|You have gathered nothing in your youth; |
how then can you find anything in your old age?
|What an attractive thing is judgment in gray-haired men, |
and for the aged to possess good counsel!
|How attractive is wisdom in the aged, |
and understanding and counsel in honorable men!
|Rich experience is the crown of the aged, |
and their boast is the fear of the Lord.
|With nine thoughts I have gladdened my heart, |
and a tenth I shall tell with my tongue:
a man rejoicing in his children;
a man who lives to see the downfall of his foes;
|happy is he who lives with an intelligent wife, |
and he who has not made a slip with his tongue,
and he who has not served a man inferior to himself;
|happy is he who has gained good sense, |
and he who speaks to attentive listeners.
|How great is he who has gained wisdom! |
But there is no one superior to him who fears the Lord.
|The fear of the Lord surpasses everything; |
to whom shall be likened the one who holds it fast?
|Any wound, but not a wound of the heart! |
Any wickedness, but not the wickedness of a wife!
|Any attack, but not an attack from those who hate! |
And any vengeance, but not the vengeance of enemies!
|There is no venom worse than a snake's venom, |
and no wrath worse than an enemy's wrath.
|I would rather dwell with a lion |
and a dragon than dwell with an evil wife.
|The wickedness of a wife changes her appearance, |
and darkens her face like that of a bear.
|Her husband takes his meals among the neighbors, |
and he cannot help sighing bitterly.
|Any iniquity is insignificant compared to a wife's iniquity; |
may a sinner's lot befall her!
|A sandy ascent for the feet of the aged - |
such is a garrulous wife for a quiet husband.
|Do not be ensnared by a woman's beauty, |
and do not desire a woman for her possessions.
|There is wrath and impudence and great disgrace |
when a wife supports her husband.
|A dejected mind, a gloomy face, |
and a wounded heart are caused by an evil wife.
Drooping hands and weak knees are caused by the wife
who does not make her husband happy.
|From a woman sin had its beginning, |
and because of her we all die.
|Allow no outlet to water, |
and no boldness of speech in an evil wife.
|If she does not go as you direct, |
separate her from yourself.
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