|Listen to me your father, O children; |
and act accordingly, that you may be kept in safety.
|Duties to parents. Sir.3.1-16|
|For the Lord honored the father above the children, |
and he confirmed the right of the mother over her sons.
|Whoever honors his father atones for sins,|
|and whoever glorifies his mother is like one who lays up treasure.|
|Whoever honors his father will be gladdened by his own children, |
and when he prays he will be heard.
|Whoever glorifies his father will have long life, |
and whoever obeys the Lord will refresh his mother;
|he will serve his parents as his masters.|
|Honor your father by word and deed, |
that a blessing from him may come upon you.
|For a father's blessing strengthens the houses of the children, |
but a mother's curse uproots their foundations.
|Do not glorify yourself by dishonoring your father, |
for your father's dishonor is no glory to you.
|For a man's glory comes from honoring his father, |
and it is a disgrace for children not to respect their mother.
|O son, help your father in his old age, |
and do not grieve him as long as he lives;
|even if he is lacking in understanding, show forbearance; |
in all your strength do not despise him.
|For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, |
and against your sins it will be credited to you;
|in the day of your affliction it will be remembered in your favor; |
as frost in fair weather, your sins will melt away.
|Whoever forsakes his father is like a blasphemer, |
and whoever angers his mother is cursed by the Lord.
|My son, perform your tasks in meekness; |
then you will be loved by those whom God accepts.
|The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; |
so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord.
|For great is the might of the Lord; |
he is glorified by the humble.
|Seek not what is too difficult for you, |
nor investigate what is beyond your power.
|Reflect upon what has been assigned to you, |
for you do not need what is hidden.
|Do not meddle in what is beyond your tasks, |
for matters too great for human understanding have been shown you.
|For their hasty judgment has led many astray, |
and wrong opinion has caused their thoughts to slip.
|A stubborn mind will be afflicted at the end, |
and whoever loves danger will perish by it.
|A stubborn mind will be burdened by troubles, |
and the sinner will heap sin upon sin.
|The affliction of the proud has no healing, |
for a plant of wickedness has taken root in him.
|The mind of the intelligent man will ponder a parable, |
and an attentive ear is the wise man's desire.
|Water extinguishes a blazing fire: |
so almsgiving atones for sin.
|Whoever requites favors gives thought to the future; |
at the moment of his falling he will find support.
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