1 Three things delight me and are delightful to God and people: agreement between brothers, friendship between neighbors, and perfect harmony between husband and wife.
2 There are three kinds of persons whom I detest and whose existence I cast away from me: a poor man full of pride, a rich man who is a liar, and an adulterous old man who is a fool.
3 If you have saved nothing in your youth, what will you have in old age?
4 What a great thing is old age with sound judgment, an old man who can counsel!
5 What a great thing is wisdom in those who are old, or understanding and prudence in the great.
6 Rich experience is the crown of the old, their pride is the fear of the Lord.
7 I think of nine things which I consider happy and a tenth to which I will also refer: the man who finds his happiness in his children; the man who sees the ruin of his enemies in his lifetime. 8 Happy the man who lives with a sensible wife; he who does not plow with a donkey and ox; he who has done no wrong in speech; he who does not serve an unworthy master. 9 Happy he who has acquired good sense and is able to speak before an attentive audience! 10 Great is he who has gained wisdom, but no one surpasses the man who fears the Lord.
11 Since the fear of the Lord excels every thing, who can compare with the one who possesses it?
13 Any wound rather than the wound of the heart; any wickedness rather than the wickedness of a woman; 14 any sadness rather than that inflicted by an enemy; any vengeance rather than the ven geance of a foe.
15 There is no poison worse than a snakeís venom, there is no rage worse than an enemyís.
16 Better to live with a lion and a snake than to share a house with a wicked woman.
17 Wickedness disfigures a womanís appearance, it saddens the face, making her look like a bear.
18 When her husband dines with his neighbor, he sighs bitterly, in spite of himself.
19 All wickedness is nothing compared with a womanís wickedness. Let her lot be that of a sinner!
20 As a sandhill is to an old manís feet, so is the talkative woman to her quiet husband. 21 Do not be fooled by a wo manís beauty or fall in love with her.
22 Expect anger, reproach and plenty of shame when the wife rules the husband.
23 Dejected spirits, a sad face and unseen wounds, these are the work of a wicked wo man. Idle hands and unsteady knees are
23 found when a wife brings her husband no happiness.
24 For sin began with woman and we all die because of the inheritance of the congregations of Israel.
25 Do not let water leak out or give free rein to a wicked woman. 26 If she does not do as you tell her, get rid of her.