I have still been reading the Book of Sirach and how it pertains to wives:
Sirach 40:19-20 (GNT)
"Your name can be preserved if you have children or if you establish a city, but finding Wisdom is a better way. Owning livestock and orchards will make you famous, but it is better to have a wife you love. Wine and music can make you happy, but a happy marriage is even better."
Sirach 40:23 (GNT)
"You can't go wrong with a good friend or neighbor, but an intelligent wife is better than either."
Sirach 7:19 GNT
"Don't miss your chance to marry a wise and good woman. A gracious wife is worth more than gold."
Sirach 7:26 GNT
"If you have a good wife, do not divorce her, but do not trust yourself to someone you don't love."
ON BEING A TRUSTWORTHY WIFE
Sirach 42:6 GNT
"It is wise to lock things up if you cannot trust your wife or if too many people are around."
Any wonder why Proverbs 31:11 AMP says,
"The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil."?
The book of Sirach also has some very unflattering things to say about women. I will not list them here because I don't want to examine them in the light of today's sociopolitical standards. But these verses on the importance of marrying an intelligent wife and making a happy marriage, these are timeless. :-)