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Sirach 26:1-4, 16-21

The Joy of a Good Wife

26Happy is the husband of a good wife;
   the number of his days will be doubled.
2 A loyal wife brings joy to her husband,
   and he will complete his years in peace.
3 A good wife is a great blessing;
   she will be granted among the blessings of the man who fears the Lord.
4 Whether rich or poor, his heart is content,
   and at all times his face is cheerful.
16 Like the sun rising in the heights of the Lord,
   so is the beauty of a good wife in her well-ordered home.
17 Like the shining lamp on the holy lampstand,
   so is a beautiful face on a stately figure.
18 Like golden pillars on silver bases,
   so are shapely legs and steadfast feet.

Other ancient authorities add verses 19-27: +a

19 My child, keep sound the bloom of your youth,
   and do not give your strength to strangers.
20 Seek a fertile field within the whole plain,
   and sow it with your own seed, trusting in your fine stock.
21 So your offspring will prosper,
   and, having confidence in their good descent, will grow great.


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