Wisdom’s Corner No. 23: Fathers and Daughters

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“Although he will not let his daughter know it, a father will lie awake at night worrying about her.  If she is young, he worries that she might not get married.  If she is already married, he worries about her happiness.  If she is a virgin, he worries that she might be seduced and become pregnant while living in his house.  If she is married, he worries that she might be unfaithful, or that she might not be able to have children.

Keep a close watch over your daughter if she is determined to have her own way.  If you don’t she may make a fool of you in front of your enemies. You will be a constant joke to everyone in town, a public disgrace.  Make sure that her room has no windows or any place where she can look out to the entrance of the house.  Don’t let here show off her beauty in front of men, or spend her time talking with the women.  Women hurt other women just as moths damage clothing.

A man’s wickedness is better that a woman’s goodness; women bring shame and disgrace.”

Sirach 42

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