Sirach - Chapter 25

[Sirach 25]
{25:1} My spirit is pleased with three things; these are approved in the sight of God and men:
{25:2} the harmony of brothers, and the love of neighbors, and a husband and wife agreeing well together.
{25:3} My soul hates three kinds of things; and I am greatly distressed over their souls:
{25:4} an arrogant pauper, a wealthy liar, a foolish and senseless elder.
{25:5} The things that you have not obtained in your youth, how will you find them in your old age?
{25:6} How beautiful it is for a grey head to have judgment, and for elders to know counsel!
{25:7} How beautiful it is for those who are aged to have wisdom, and for those who are honored to have understanding and counsel!
{25:8} Great experience is the crown of the aged, and the fear of God is their glory.
{25:9} I have magnified nine things, overlooked by the heart; and a tenth, I will declare to men with my tongue:
{25:10} a man who finds joy in his children, and one who lives to see the undoing of his enemies.
{25:11} Blessed is he who lives with a wise wife, and he who has not slipped with his tongue, and he who has not served those unworthy of himself.
{25:12} Blessed is he who finds a true friend, and he who describes justice to an attentive ear.
{25:13} How great is he who finds wisdom and knowledge! But there is no one above him who fears the Lord.
{25:14} The fear of God has set itself above all things.
{25:15} Blessed is the man to whom it has been given to have the fear of God. He who holds to it, to whom can he be compared?
{25:16} The fear of God is the beginning of his love; and the beginning of faith has been joined closely to the same.
{25:17} The sadness of the heart is every wound. And the wickedness of a wife is every malice.
{25:18} And a man will choose any wound, but the wound of the heart,
{25:19} and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a wife,
{25:20} and any obstacle, but the obstacle of those who hate him,
{25:21} and any vindication, but the vindication of his enemies.
{25:22} There is no head worse than the head of a serpent,
{25:23} and there is no anger above the anger of a wife. It would be more agreeable to abide with a lion or a dragon, than to live with a wicked wife.
{25:24} A wicked wife changes her face. And she darkens her countenance like a bear. And she displays it like sackcloth. In the midst of her neighbors,
{25:25} her husband groans, and hearing of this, he sighs a little.
{25:26} All malice is brief compared to the malice of a wife. Let the fate of sinners fall upon her!
{25:27} As climbing over sand is to the feet of the aged, so is a talkative wife to a quiet man.
{25:28} You should not favor a woman's beauty, and you should not desire a wife for her beauty.
{25:29} The anger and disrespect and shame from a wife can be great.
{25:30} The wife, if she has primacy, is set against her husband.
{25:31} A wicked wife debases the heart, and saddens the face, and wounds the heart.
{25:32} A wife who does not make her husband happy enfeebles the hands and weakens the knees.
{25:33} The beginning of sin came from a woman; and through her, we all die.
{25:34} You should not provide an exit to your water, not even a little; nor should you give permission for a wicked wife to exceed the limit.
{25:35} If she will not walk at your hand, she will confound you in the sighs a little.
{25:26} All malice is brief compared to the malice of a wife. Let the fate of sinners fall upon her!
{25:27} As climbing over sand is to the feet of the aged, so is a talkative wife to a quiet man.
{25:28} You should not favor a woman's beauty, and you should not desire a wife for her beauty.
{25:29} The anger and disrespect and shame from a wife can be great.
{25:30} The wife, if she has primacy, is set against her husband.
{25:31} A wicked wife debases the heart, and saddens the face, and wounds the heart.
{25:32} A wife who does not make her husband happy enfeebles the hands and weakens the knees.
{25:33} The beginning of sin came from a woman; and through her, we all die.
{25:34} You should not provide an exit to your water, not even a little; nor should you give permission for a wicked wife to exceed the limit.
{25:35} If she will not walk at your hand, she will confound you in the sight of your enemies.
{25:36} Tear her away from your body, lest she abuse you continually.

 

In 25:1-4 what are the three things Sirach is pleased with and the ones he hates?

In 25:5-8 what does Sirach say about aging?

In 25:9 Sirach mentions 9 things he magnified. What are some of those he mentions in subsequent verses?

In 25:17-36 what does Sirach say at leangth about wives and women?

 

 

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