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Sirach 36:18-26 Good News Translation (GNT)

Choosing a Wife

18 Any kind of food can be eaten, but some foods are better than others. 19 And just as the tongue can distinguish the flavors of different kinds of meat, so a sharp mind can detect lies. 20 A person with a warped mind causes trouble, but an experienced person knows how to pay it back.

21 A woman has to take any man as a husband, but a man must choose his wife carefully. 22 A woman's beauty makes a man happy; there is no fairer sight for the human eye to see. 23 If the woman is kind and gentle in her speech, her husband is the most fortunate of men. 24 When a man marries, he gets the finest thing he will ever have—a wife to help and encourage him.

25 If property is not fenced in, thieves will wander in and help themselves. And if a man has no wife, he is a sighing wanderer; 26 people have no more trust in a homeless person who sleeps in a different place every night than they have in a wandering thief who goes from town to town.

Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Sirach 36:18-27 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

18 Have pity on the city of your sanctuary,[a]
    Jerusalem, the place of your dwelling.[b]
19 Fill Zion with your majesty,[c]
    and your temple[d] with your glory.
20 Bear witness to those whom you created in the beginning,
    and fulfill the prophecies spoken in your name.
21 Reward those who wait for you
    and let your prophets be found trustworthy.
22 Hear, O Lord, the prayer of your servants, according to your goodwill toward[e] your people,
and all who are on the earth will know
    that you are the Lord, the God of the ages.

Concerning Discrimination

23 The stomach will take any food,
    yet one food is better than another.
24 As the palate tastes the kinds of game,
    so an intelligent mind detects false words.
25 A perverse mind will cause grief,
    but a person with experience will pay him back.
26 A woman will accept any man as a husband,
    but one girl is preferable to another.
27 A woman’s beauty lights up a man’s face,
    and there is nothing he desires more.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 36:18 Or on your holy city
  2. Sirach 36:18 Heb: Gk your rest
  3. Sirach 36:19 Heb Syr: Gk the celebration of your wondrous deeds
  4. Sirach 36:19 Heb Syr: Gk Lat people
  5. Sirach 36:22 Heb and two Gk witnesses: Lat and most Gk witnesses read according to the blessing of Aaron for
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Ben Sira 36:18-27 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

18 Take pity on your holy city:
    Jerusalem, your dwelling place.
19 Fill Zion with your majesty,
    your temple with your glory.

20 Give evidence of your deeds of old;
    fulfill the prophecies spoken in your name.
21 Reward those who have hoped in you,
    and let your prophets be proved true.
22 Hear the prayer of your servants,
    according to your good will toward your people.
Thus all the ends of the earth will know
    that you are the eternal God.

Choice of Associates[a]

23 The throat can swallow any food,
    yet some foods are more agreeable than others.
24 The palate tests delicacies put forward as gifts,
    so does a keen mind test deceitful tidbits.
25 One with a tortuous heart brings about grief,
    but an experienced person can turn the tables on him.

26 A woman will accept any man as husband,
    but one woman will be preferable to another.
27 A woman’s beauty makes her husband’s face light up,
    for it surpasses all else that delights the eye.

Footnotes:

  1. 36:23–37:15 In the choice of wife, friend, or associate, experience is a discerner of character (36:23–26). Beauty and soothing speech make a woman desirable as wife (36:27–28). The good wife becomes her husband’s richest treasure, his help in establishing his household (36:29–31). Good friends fight for comrades and share the spoils with them (37:5–6); false friends deceive and abandon in time of need (37:1–4). A true counselor and associate should be sought among those who keep the commandments, not among those who break them and seek their own advantage (37:7–12). In all things one should pray to God for light and follow conscience (37:13–15).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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Sirach 36:18-27 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)

18 Have pity on the city of your sanctuary,[a]
    Jerusalem, the place of your dwelling.[b]
19 Fill Zion with your majesty,[c]
    and your temple[d] with your glory.
20 Bear witness to those whom you created in the beginning,
    and fulfil the prophecies spoken in your name.
21 Reward those who wait for you
    and let your prophets be found trustworthy.
22 Hear, O Lord, the prayer of your servants, according to your goodwill towards[e] your people,
and all who are on the earth will know
    that you are the Lord, the God of the ages.

Concerning Discrimination

23 The stomach will take any food,
    yet one food is better than another.
24 As the palate tastes the kinds of game,
    so an intelligent mind detects false words.
25 A perverse mind will cause grief,
    but a person with experience will pay him back.
26 A woman will accept any man as a husband,
    but one girl is preferable to another.
27 A woman’s beauty lights up a man’s face,
    and there is nothing he desires more.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 36:18 Or on your holy city
  2. Sirach 36:18 Heb: Gk your rest
  3. Sirach 36:19 Heb Syr: Gk the celebration of your wondrous deeds
  4. Sirach 36:19 Heb Syr: Gk Lat people
  5. Sirach 36:22 Heb and two Gk witnesses: Lat and most Gk witnesses read according to the blessing of Aaron for
New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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