Make your husband happy (Sir 25:23-25:23)

“A dejected mind,

A gloomy face,

And a wounded heart

Come from an evil wife.

Drooping hands,

Weak knees

Come from the wife

Who does not make

Her husband happy.”

Sirach once again shows his disdain for females. He insists that a major duty of a woman in a marriage is to make her husband happy. This evil wife will produce a man with a dejected mind, a gloomy face, and a wounded heart. He will have drooping hands and weak knees because his wife is not making him happy. Again, there does not seem to be any concern about making the wife happy at all.

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