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德訓篇 Sirach
1有賢妻的丈夫,是有福的!他的壽數必要增加一倍。1Happy the husband of a good wife, the number of his days will be doubled.
2有才能的婦人,是丈夫的喜樂,使他在平安中終其天年。2A woman of character is her husband's joy, he will live in peace all the years of his life.
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 the best of gifts, reserved for those who fear the Lord;
4她不論是富是貧,心神總是快樂,時常面帶笑容。4rich or poor, he will have a serene heart and a happy face.
5有三件事,我心中恐懼,對第四件事,我更害怕,那就是:5Three things disturb me and a fourth frightens me: neighborhood gossip, a rioting mob, a false accusation, all these are worse than death.
6市民的控告,暴徒的集會,6But the woman jealous of another woman brings heartbreak, her tongue lashes out at everyone.
7誣妄的誹謗:這一切比死亡更為不幸;7A bad wife is like a badly fixed yoke; taking her is like grasping a scorpion.
8但是,娭妒別的婦女的女人,令人心痛悲傷;8A drunken wife causes scandal; her disgrace will not remain hidden.
9她向眾人傳話的舌頭,是一條鞭子。9A licentious woman is noticed by her secretive looks and recognized by her lively eyes.
10惡婦有如擺動的牛軛,誰要管治她,無異是用手去捉蠍子。10Keep a firm eye on a defiant daughter, so that she may not take advantage of some occasion.
11好醉酒的婦女,是大怒的原因;她的恥辱和醜態,不能隱藏。11Guard against the provocative woman and do not be surprised if she wishes to drag you into disgrace.
12眼波流動,是婦女淫蕩的表示;從她的眉毛,可以認出。12She opens her mouth like a thirsty traveler to drink any water coming her way; she sits by any pole and opens her quiver to every arrow.
13對無恥的女兒,你應嚴加管束,怕她有機可乘,就放縱起來。13A wife's grace gladdens her husband and her prudence refreshes his body.
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。14A wife who knows how to be silent is a gift from the Lord; the well-trained wife is invaluable.
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。15A modest wife is a favor among favors; the chaste wife is priceless.
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。16Like the sun rising over the mountains of the Lord, such is the enchantment of a good wife in a well-kept house.
17沉默寡言而明智的婦女,是上主的恩賜。17Like the light which shines from the sacred lampstand, such is a beautiful face in a well-shaped body.
18受過好教養的人,是無價之寶。18Like pillars of gold on a silver base, such are beautiful legs on sturdy feet.
19聖潔而知恥的婦女,乃無上的恩賜。19There are two things which grieve me and a third which makes me angry: a warrior who suffers want; intelligent men who are treated contemptuously; a man who turns from virtue to sin. The Lord singles this man out to strike him down.
20貞潔的靈魂,實尊貴無比。20The merchant can barely avoid greed; the shopkeeper cannot remain sinless.
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