The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 42:12–14


12  She should not choose to gaze upon the beauty of every man, and she should not choose to spend her time in the midst of married women.

12  Behold not every body’s beauty, and sit not in the midst of women.

13  For a moth goes forth from garments, and iniquity over a man goes forth from a woman.

13  For from garments cometh a moth, and from women wickedness.

14  Yet iniquity over a man is better for her than if a married woman, seeking to benefit her, instead leads her into confusion and disgrace.

14  Better is the churlishness of a man than a courteous woman, a woman, I say, which bringeth shame and reproach.