Sirach 26:8

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

6 But it is heartache and sorrow when a wife is jealous of a rival, and a tongue-lashing makes it known to all. 7 A bad wife is a chafing yoke; taking hold of her is like grasping a scorpion. 8 A drunken wife arouses great anger; she cannot hide her shame. 9 The haughty stare betrays an unchaste wife; her eyelids give her away. 10 Keep strict watch over a headstrong daughter, or else, when she finds liberty, she will make use of it.

Date: 195-175 B.C.E.
* Dates are based on scholarly estimates

Clement of Alexandria The Instructor 2.2


An intoxicated woman is great wrath, it is said, as if a drunken woman were the wrath of God. Why? Because she will not conceal her shame. For a woman is quickly drawn down to licentiousness, if she only set her choice on pleasures. And we have not prohibited drinking from alabastra; but we forbid studying to drink from them alone, as arrogant; counselling women to use with indifference what comes in the way, and cutting up by the roots the dangerous appetites that are in them. Let the rush of air, then, which regurgitates so as to produce hiccup, be emitted silently.

Date: 198 C.E.
* Dates are based on scholarly estimates