Sirach 25

Things to be praised

1 My whole being takes pleasure in three things, and these are beautiful to the Lord and to human beings: harmony among brothers and sisters, friendship among neighbors, and a wife and husband who adapt to each other.
2 My whole being despises three types of persons, and I am angered by the way they live: an arrogant poor person, a rich liar, an old adulterer who never learns.
3 If you have gathered nothing in your youth, how then will you find anything in your old age?
4 How beautiful is sound judgment in gray-haired women and finding good advice in elderly men!
5 How beautiful is wisdom in the aged and thought and counsel in those who are respectable!
6 Experience is the crown of the aged and respecting the Lord is their claim to fame.
7 In my heart, I would consider nine conditions to be happy, and I'll name a tenth with my tongue— people who are made glad by their children, and who live to see the downfall of their enemies.
8 Happy are those who live with sensible wives, who don't slip with their tongue, and who haven't been a servant to one inferior to themselves.
9 Happy is the one who has gained good sense and who is passing this along to listening ears.
10 How great is one who finds Wisdom, but no one does better than the one who fears the Lord.
11 Fear of the Lord surpasses everything; those who possess it are incomparable.

Evil and good women

13 Any wound, but not a wound to the heart; and any wickedness, but not a woman's wickedness!
14 Any attack, but not an attack by those who hate; and any vengeance, but not the vengeance of enemies.
15 No poison is worse than a snake's poison, and no anger is worse than an enemy's anger.
16 I would rather live with a lion or a serpent than live with a wicked woman.
17 A woman's wickedness changes her appearance, and it darkens her face like that of a bear.
18 Her husband sits down among his neighbors and unintentionally groans bitterly.
19 Any evil is small when compared to a woman's evil; may she experience a sinner's fate.
20 A talkative wife for a quiet husband is like a sand dune beneath the feet of an elderly person.
21 Don't fall for a woman's beauty, and don't long for a woman.
22 There will be anger, shamelessness, and utter disgrace when a wife provides for her husband.
23 A wicked wife causes a humiliated heart, a gloomy face, and a wounded heart. Drooping hands and weakened knees come from a woman who doesn't make her husband happy.
24 Sin began with a woman, and because of her all of us die.
25 Don't allow an outlet for water, and don't give a wicked wife freedom to speak.
26 If she doesn't do as you say, divorce her.