Ben Sira 42:9-12 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
A Father’s Care for His Daughter
9 A daughter is a treasure that keeps her father wakeful,
and worry over her drives away sleep:
Lest in her youth she remain unmarried,
or when she is married, lest she be childless;
10 While unmarried, lest she be defiled,
or in her husband’s house, lest she prove unfaithful;
Lest she become pregnant in her father’s house,
or be sterile in that of her husband.
11 My son, keep a close watch on your daughter,
lest she make you a laughingstock for your enemies,
A byword in the city and the assembly of the people,
an object of derision in public gatherings.
See that there is no lattice in her room,
or spot that overlooks the approaches to the house.
12 Do not let her reveal her beauty to any male,
or spend her time with married women;
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
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