Sirach 26

1 {\cf2 Blessed is the man that hath a vertuous wife: for the number of his yeeres shalbe double.}

2 {\cf2 An honest woman reioyceth her husbande, and she shall fill the yeeres of his life with peace.}

3 {\cf2 A vertuous woman is a good portion which shalbe giuen for a gift vnto such as feare the Lord.}

4 {\cf2 Whether a man be rich or poore, he hath a good heart towarde the Lorde, and they shall at all times haue a cheerefull countenance.}

5 {\cf2 There be three things that mine heart feareth, and my face is afrayde of the fourth: treason in a citie: the assemblie of the people, and false accusation: all these are heauier then death.}

6 {\cf2 But the sorowe and griefe of the heart is a woman that is ielous ouer another: and she that communeth with all, is a scourge of the tongue.}

7 {\cf2 An euill wife is as a yoke of oxen that draw diuers wayes: he that hath her, is a though hee helde a scorpion.}

8 {\cf2 A drunken woman and such as can not be tamed, is a great plague: for she can not couer her owne shame.}

9 {\cf2 The whoredome of a woman may be knowen in the pride of her eyes, and eye liddes.}

10 {\cf2 If thy daughter be not shamefast, holde her straitly, least she abuse her selfe through ouermuch libertie.}

11 {\cf2 Take heede of her that hath an vnshamefast eye: and marueile not if she trespasse against thee.}

12 {\cf2 As one that goeth by the way, and is thirsty, so shall she open her mouth, and drinke of euery next water: by euery hedge shall she sit downe, & open her quiuer against euery arrowe.}

13 {\cf2 The grace of a wife reioyceth her husbande, and feedeth his bones with her vnderstanding.}

14 {\cf2 A peaceable woman and of a good heart is a gifte of the Lorde, and there is nothing so much worth as a woman well instructed.}

15 {\cf2 A shamefast and faithful woman is a double grace, and there is no weight to be compared vnto her continent minde.}

16 {\cf2 As the sunne when it ariseth the high places of the Lorde, so is the beautie of a good wife the ornament of her house.}

17 {\cf2 As the cleere light is vpon the holy candlesticke, so is the beautie of the face in a ripe age.}

18 {\cf2 As the golden pillars are vpon the sockets of siluer: so are faire feete with a constant minde.}

19 {\cf2 Perpetuall are the foundations that be laid vpon a strong rocke: so are the commandements of God in the heart of an holy woman.}

20 {\cf2 My sonne, keepe the strength of thine age stable, and giue not thy strength to strangers.}

21 {\cf2 When thou hast gotten a fruitful possession through all the fieldes, sowe it with thine owne seede, trusting in thy nobilitie.}

22 {\cf2 So thy stocke that shall liue after thee, shall grow, trusting in ye great liberalitie of their nobility.}

23 {\cf2 An harlot is compared to a sowe: but the wife that is marryed, is counted as a towre against death to her husband.}

24 {\cf2 A wicked woman is giuen as a rewarde to a wicked man: but a godly woman is giuen to him that feareth the Lorde.}

25 {\cf2 A shameles woman contemneth shame: but a shamefast woman will reuerence her husband.}

26 {\cf2 A shamelesse woman is compared to a dog: but she that is shamefast, reuerenceth the Lorde.}

27 {\cf2 A woman that honoureth her husband, shal be iudged wise of all: but she that despiseth him, shalbe blased for her pride.}

28 {\cf2 A loude crying woman and a babbler let her be sought out to driue away the enemies: the mind of euery man that liueth with such, shalbe conuersant among the troubles of warre.}

29 {\cf2 There be two things that grieue mine heart, and the thirde maketh me angrie: a man of warre that suffreth pouertie: and men of vnderstanding that are not set by: and when one departeth from righteousnesse vnto sinne: the Lorde appointeth such to the sworde.}

30 {\cf2 There be two things, which me thinke to be hard and perillous. A marchant can not lightly keepe him from wrong, & a vitailer is not without sinne.}