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1有賢妻的丈夫,是有福的!他的壽數必要增加一倍。1Happy is the husband of a good wife: for the number of his years is double.
2有才能的婦人,是丈夫的喜樂,使他在平安中終其天年。2A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband: and shall fulfill the years of his life in peace.
3有賢婦為妻,是一種福份;但是,只有敬畏上主的人,因自己的善行,纔能得到她。3A good wife is a good portion, she shall be given in the portion of them that fear God, to a man for his good deeds.
4她不論是富是貧,心神總是快樂,時常面帶笑容。4Rich or poor, if his heart is good, his countenance shall be cheerful at all times.
5有三件事,我心中恐懼,對第四件事,我更害怕,那就是:5Of three things my heart hath been afraid, and at the fourth my face hath trembled:
6市民的控告,暴徒的集會,6The accusation of a city, and the gathering together of the people:
7誣妄的誹謗:這一切比死亡更為不幸;7And a false calumny, all are more grievous than death.
8但是,娭妒別的婦女的女人,令人心痛悲傷;8A jealous woman is the grief and mourning of the heart.
9她向眾人傳話的舌頭,是一條鞭子。9With a jealous woman is a scourge of the tongue which communicateth with all.
10惡婦有如擺動的牛軛,誰要管治她,無異是用手去捉蠍子。10As a yoke of oxen that is moved to and fro, so also is a wicked woman: he that hath hold of her, is as he that taketh hold of a scorpion.
11好醉酒的婦女,是大怒的原因;她的恥辱和醜態,不能隱藏。11A drunken woman is a great wrath: and her reproach and shame shall not be hid.
12眼波流動,是婦女淫蕩的表示;從她的眉毛,可以認出。12The fornication of a woman shall be known by the haughtiness of her eyes, and by her eyelids.
13對無恥的女兒,你應嚴加管束,怕她有機可乘,就放縱起來。13On a daughter that turneth not away herself, set a strict watch: lest finding an opportunity she abuse herself.
14你要留心,不要順從無恥的眼睛;否則,她若冒犯你,你就不用驚奇。14Take heed of the impudence of her eyes, and wonder not if she slight thee.
15就如渴了的旅客,一到了水旁,不管遇到的是什麼水,就張口去喝;同樣,淫婦坐在任何木樁前,向射來的箭,張開箭袋,直到她疲乏為止。15She will open her mouth as a thirsty traveller to the fountain, and will drink of every water near her, and will sit down by every hedge, and open her quiver against every arrow, until she fail.
16勤謹婦女的溫柔,使自己的丈夫歡樂;她的明智,使丈夫的骨骼豐滿。16The grace of a diligent woman shall delight her husband, and shall fat his bones.
17沉默寡言而明智的婦女,是上主的恩賜。17Her discipline is the gift of God.
18受過好教養的人,是無價之寶。18Such is a wise and silent woman, and there is nothing so much worth as a well instructed soul.
19聖潔而知恥的婦女,乃無上的恩賜。19A holy and shamefaced woman is grace upon grace.
20貞潔的靈魂,實尊貴無比。20And no price is worthy of a continent soul.
21在秩序井然的家庭裡,賢婦的美麗,有如在上主的至高之天,上升的太陽;21As the sun when it riseth to the world in the high places of God, so is the beauty of a good wife for the ornament of her house.
22她那健康身材上所襯托的美貌,有如神聖燈台上發光的燈;22As the lamp shining upon the holy candlestick, so is the beauty of the face in a ripe age.
23她那雙在結實腳跟上的美腿,有如銀座上的金柱。23As golden pillars upon bases of silver, so are the firm feet upon the soles of a steady woman.
24聖婦心裡的天主誡命,有如堅固磐石上的永久基礎。24As everlasting foundations upon a solid rock, so the commandments of God In the heart of a holy woman.
25有兩件事,我心中憂傷,而對第三件事,我更憤怒,那就是:25At two things my heart is grieved, and the third bringeth anger upon me:
26戰士為窮苦所困,明智人被人輕視,26A man of was fainting through poverty: and a man of sense despised:
27離棄正義而偏向罪惡的人,上主為他準備了刀劍。27And he that passeth over from justice to sin, God hath prepared such an one for the sword.
28有兩件事,依我看來,又難又危險,那就是:商人很難不犯罪,店員難免不失言。28Two sorts of callings have appeared to me hard and dangerous: a merchant is hardly free from negligence: and a huckster shall not be justified from the sins of the lips.

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