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Chapter 25

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1 THERE are three sights which warm my heart and are beautiful in the eyes of the Lord and of men: concord among brothers, amity among neighbours, and a man and wife who are inseparable. 2There are three kinds of men who arouse my hatred and disgust me by their manner of life: a poor man who boasts, a rich man who lies, and an old fool who commits adultery.

3If you have not gathered wisdom in your youth, will you find it when you are old? 4How well sound judgement befits grey hairs, as wise advice does those advanced in years! 5How well wisdom befits the aged, and ripe counsel persons of eminence! 6Long experience is the crown of the aged, and their pride is the fear of the Lord.

7I can think of nine men I count happy, and I can tell you of a tenth: a man who delights in his children, and one who lives to see the downfall of his enemy. 8Happy the husband of a sensible wife, the farmer who does not plough with ox and ass together a 25:8 the farmer … together: so Heb.; Gk omits. , he whose tongue never trips him, and he who has never had to work for his inferior! 9Happy the man who has found a friend b 25:9 found a friend: so Vss.; Gk found good sense. , and the speaker who has an attentive audience! 10How great is he who finds wisdom! But no greater than he who fears the Lord. 11The fear of the Lord excels all other gifts; to whom can its possessor be compared c 25:11 be compared: some witnesses add 12The fear of the Lord is the source of love for him, and faith is the source of adherence to him. ?

13 ANY wound but a wound in the heart, any malice but a woman's! 14Any disaster but one caused by hate, any vengeance but the vengeance of an enemy! 15There is no venom d 25:15 venom: prob. mng; Gk head. deadlier than a snake's and no anger deadlier than a woman's e a woman's: so some Vss.; Gk an enemy's. .

16I would sooner live with a lion or a serpent than share a house with a malicious wife. 17Her spite changes her expression, making her look as surly as a bear. 18Her husband goes to a neighbour for his meals and cannot repress a bitter sigh.

19There is nothing so bad as a bad wife; may the fate of the wicked overtake her! 20It is as easy for an old man to climb a sand-dune as for a quiet husband to live with a garrulous wife. 21Do not be enticed by a woman's beauty or set your heart on possessing one who has wealth. 22If a man is supported by his wife he must expect tantrums, effrontery, and much humiliation. 23Depression, downcast looks, and a broken heart: these are caused by a worthless wife. Feeble of hand and weak at the knees is the man whose wife fails to bring him happiness. 24Sin began with a woman, and because of her we all die. 25Do not leave a leaky cistern to drip or allow a worthless wife to say whatever she likes. 26If she does not accept your control, bring the marriage to an end.

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a 25:8 the farmer … together: so Heb.; Gk omits.

b 25:9 found a friend: so Vss.; Gk found good sense.

c 25:11 be compared: some witnesses add 12The fear of the Lord is the source of love for him, and faith is the source of adherence to him.

d 25:15 venom: prob. mng; Gk head.

e a woman's: so some Vss.; Gk an enemy's.

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