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1有贤妻的丈夫,是有福的!他的寿数必要增加一倍。1Happy is the husband of a good wife: for the number of his years is double.
2有才能的妇人,是丈夫的喜乐,使他在平安中终其天年。2A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband: and shall fulfill the years of his life in peace.
3有贤妇为妻,是一种福份;但是,只有敬畏上主的人,因自己的善行,才能得到她。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她不论是富是贫,心神总是快乐,时常面带笑容。4Rich or poor, if his heart is good, his countenance shall be cheerful at all times.
5有三件事,我心中恐惧,对第四件事,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,暴徒的集会,6The accusation of a city, and the gathering together of the people:
7诬妄的诽谤:这一切比死亡更为不幸;7And a false calumny, all are more grievous than death.
8但是,娭妒别的妇女的女人,令人心痛悲伤;8A jealous woman is the grief and mourning of the heart.
9她向众人传话的舌头,是一条鞭子。9With a jealous woman is a scourge of the tongue which communicateth with all.
10恶妇有如摆动的牛轭,谁要管治她,无异是用手去捉蝎子。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好醉酒的妇女,是大怒的原因;她的耻辱和丑态,不能隐藏。11A drunken woman is a great wrath: and her reproach and shame shall not be hid.
12眼波流动,是妇女淫荡的表示;从她的眉毛,可以认出。12The fornication of a woman shall be known by the haughtiness of her eyes, and by her eyelids.
13对无耻的女儿,你应严加管束,怕她有机可乘,就放纵起来。13On a daughter that turneth not away herself, set a strict watch: lest finding an opportunity she abuse herself.
14你要留心,不要顺从无耻的眼睛;否则,她若冒犯你,你就不用惊奇。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,不管遇到的是什么水,就张口去喝;同样,淫妇坐在任何木桩前,向射来的箭,张开箭袋,直到她疲乏为止。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勤谨妇女的温柔,使自己的丈夫欢乐;她的明智,使丈夫的骨骼丰满。16The grace of a diligent woman shall delight her husband, and shall fat his bones.
17沉默寡言而明智的妇女,是上主的恩赐。17Her discipline is the gift of God.
18受过好教养的人,是无价之宝。18Such is a wise and silent woman, and there is nothing so much worth as a well instructed soul.
19圣洁而知耻的妇女,乃无上的恩赐。19A holy and shamefaced woman is grace upon grace.
20贞洁的灵魂,实尊贵无比。20And no price is worthy of a continent soul.
21在秩序井然的家庭里,贤妇的美丽,有如在上主的至高之天,上升的太阳;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她那健康身材上所衬托的美貌,有如神圣灯台上发光的灯;22As the lamp shining upon the holy candlestick, so is the beauty of the face in a ripe age.
23她那双在结实脚跟上的美腿,有如银座上的金柱。23As golden pillars upon bases of silver, so are the firm feet upon the soles of a steady woman.
24圣妇心里的天主诫命,有如坚固磐石上的永久基础。24As everlasting foundations upon a solid rock, so the commandments of God In the heart of a holy woman.
25有两件事,我心中忧伤,而对第三件事,我更愤怒,那就是:25At two things my heart is grieved, and the third bringeth anger upon me:
26战士为穷苦所困,明智人被人轻视,26A man of was fainting through poverty: and a man of sense despised:
27离弃正义而偏向罪恶的人,上主为他准备了刀剑。27And he that passeth over from justice to sin, God hath prepared such an one for the sword.
28有两件事,依我看来,又难又危险,那就是:商人很难不犯罪,店员难免不失言。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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