Sirach 26

Geneva(i) 1 Blessed is the man that hath a vertuous wife: for the number of his yeeres shalbe double. 2 An honest woman reioyceth her husbande, and she shall fill the yeeres of his life with peace. 3 A vertuous woman is a good portion which shalbe giuen for a gift vnto such as feare the Lord. 4 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 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 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 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 A drunken woman and such as can not be tamed, is a great plague: for she can not couer her owne shame. 9 The whoredome of a woman may be knowen in the pride of her eyes, and eye liddes. 10 If thy daughter be not shamefast, holde her straitly, least she abuse her selfe through ouermuch libertie. 11 Take heede of her that hath an vnshamefast eye: and marueile not if she trespasse against thee. 12 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 The grace of a wife reioyceth her husbande, and feedeth his bones with her vnderstanding. 14 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 A shamefast and faithful woman is a double grace, and there is no weight to be compared vnto her continent minde. 16 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 As the cleere light is vpon the holy candlesticke, so is the beautie of the face in a ripe age. 18 As the golden pillars are vpon the sockets of siluer: so are faire feete with a constant minde. 19 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 My sonne, keepe the strength of thine age stable, and giue not thy strength to strangers. 21 When thou hast gotten a fruitful possession through all the fieldes, sowe it with thine owne seede, trusting in thy nobilitie. 22 So thy stocke that shall liue after thee, shall grow, trusting in ye great liberalitie of their nobility. 23 An harlot is compared to a sowe: but the wife that is marryed, is counted as a towre against death to her husband. 24 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 A shameles woman contemneth shame: but a shamefast woman will reuerence her husband. 26 A shamelesse woman is compared to a dog: but she that is shamefast, reuerenceth the Lorde. 27 A woman that honoureth her husband, shal be iudged wise of all: but she that despiseth him, shalbe blased for her pride. 28 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 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 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.