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Chapter 26

Happy the husband of a good wife;[a]
    the number of his days will be doubled.(A)
A loyal wife brings joy to her husband,
    and he will finish his years in peace.
A good wife is a generous gift
    bestowed upon him who fears the Lord.(B)
Whether rich or poor, his heart is content,
    a smile ever on his face.

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  1. 26:1–4, 13–18 A good wife is as a gift from God, bringing joy and peace, happiness and contentment to her husband (vv. 1–4) through her thoughtfulness, reserve, modesty and chastity, beauty, grace, and virtue (vv. 13–18).

13 A gracious wife delights her husband;
    her thoughtfulness puts flesh on his bones.
14 A silent wife is a gift from the Lord;
    nothing is worth more than her self-discipline.
15 A modest wife is a supreme blessing;
    no scales can weigh the worth of her chastity.
16 The sun rising in the Lord’s heavens—
    the beauty of a good wife in her well-ordered home.

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