|Of the following things do not be ashamed, |
and do not let partiality lead you to sin:
|A sense of pride. Sir.42.1-8|
|of the law of the Most High and his covenant, |
and of rendering judgment to acquit the ungodly;
|of keeping accounts with a partner or with traveling companions, |
and of dividing the inheritance of friends;
|of accuracy with scales and weights, |
and of acquiring much or little;
|of profit from dealing with merchants, |
and of much discipline of children,
and of whipping a wicked servant severely.
|Where there is an evil wife, a seal is a good thing; |
and where there are many hands, lock things up.
|Whatever you deal out, let it be by number and weight, |
and make a record of all that you give out or take in.
|Do not be ashamed to instruct the stupid |
or foolish or the aged man who quarrels with the young.
Then you will be truly instructed,
and will be approved before all men.
|A daughter keeps her father secretly wakeful, |
and worry over her robs him of sleep;
when she is young, lest she do not marry,
or if married, lest she be hated;
|Fathers & daughters. Sir.42.9-14|
|while a virgin, lest she be defiled |
or become pregnant in her father's house;
or having a husband, lest she prove unfaithful,
or, though married, lest she be barren.
|Keep strict watch over a headstrong daughter, |
lest she make you a laughingstock to your enemies,
a byword in the city and notorious among the people,
and put you to shame before the great multitude.
|Do not look upon any one for beauty, |
and do not sit in the midst of women;
|for from garments comes the moth, |
and from a woman comes woman's wickedness.
|Better is the wickedness of a man than a woman who does good; |
and it is a woman who brings shame and disgrace.
|I will now call to mind the works of the Lord, |
and will declare what I have seen.
By the words of the Lord his works are done.
|The glory of God in nature. Sir.42.15-43.33|
|The sun looks down on everything with its light, |
and the work of the Lord is full of his glory.
|The Lord has not enabled his holy ones |
to recount all his marvelous works,
which the Lord the Almighty has established
that the universe may stand firm in his glory.
|He searches out the abyss, and the hearts of men, |
and considers their crafty devices.
For the Most High knows all that may be known,
and he looks into the signs of the age.
|He declares what has been and what is to be, |
and he reveals the tracks of hidden things.
|No thought escapes him, |
and not one word is hidden from him.
|He has ordained the splendors of his wisdom, |
and he is from everlasting and to everlasting.
Nothing can be added or taken away,
and he needs no one to be his counselor.
|How greatly to be desired are all his works, |
and how sparkling they are to see!
|All these things live and remain for ever |
for every need, and are all obedient.
|All things are twofold, one opposite the other, |
and he has made nothing incomplete.
|One confirms the good things of the other, |
and who can have enough of beholding his glory?
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