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Sirach 36:26–30

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.

28 If kindness and humility mark her speech,

her husband is more fortunate than other men.

29 He who acquires a wife gets his best possession,k

a helper fit for him and a pillar of support.l

30 Where there is no fence, the property will be plundered;

and where there is no wife, a man will become a fugitive and a wanderer.m

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