|He who loves his son will whip him often, |
in order that he may rejoice at the way he turns out.
|He who disciplines his son will profit by him, |
and will boast of him among acquaintances.
|He who teaches his son will make his enemies envious, |
and will glory in him in the presence of friends.
|The father may die, and yet he is not dead, |
for he has left behind him one like himself;
|while alive he saw and rejoiced, |
and when he died he was not grieved;
|he has left behind him an avenger against his enemies, |
and one to repay the kindness of his friends.
|He who spoils his son will bind up his wounds, |
and his feelings will be troubled at every cry.
|A horse that is untamed turns out to be stubborn, |
and a son unrestrained turns out to be wilful.
|Pamper a child, and he will frighten you; |
play with him, and he will give you grief.
|Do not laugh with him, lest you have sorrow with him, |
and in the end you will gnash your teeth.
|Give him no authority in his youth, |
and do not ignore his errors.
|Bow down his neck in his youth, |
and beat his sides while he is young,
lest he become stubborn and disobey you,
and you have sorrow of soul from him.
|Discipline your son and take pains with him, |
that you may not be offended by his shamelessness.
|Better off is a poor man who is well and strong in constitution |
than a rich man who is severely afflicted in body.
|Health and soundness are better than all gold, |
and a robust body than countless riches.
|There is no wealth better than health of body, |
and there is no gladness above joy of heart.
|Death is better than a miserable life, |
and eternal rest than chronic sickness.
|Good things poured out upon a mouth that is closed |
are like offerings of food placed upon a grave.
|Of what use to an idol is an offering of fruit? |
For it can neither eat nor smell.
So is he who is afflicted by the Lord;
|he sees with his eyes and groans, |
like a eunuch who embraces a maiden and groans.
|Do not give yourself over to sorrow, |
and do not afflict yourself deliberately.
|Cheerfulness & sadness. Sir.30.21-25|
|Gladness of heart is the life of man, |
and the rejoicing of a man is length of days.
|Delight your soul and comfort your heart, |
and remove sorrow far from you,
for sorrow has destroyed many,
and there is no profit in it.
|Jealousy and anger shorten life, |
and anxiety brings on old age too soon.
|A man of cheerful and good heart |
will give heed to the food he eats.
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