Sirach - 3

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1Children, listen to me for I am your father: do what I tel you, and so be safe; 2for the Lord honours the father above his children and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons. 3Whoever respects a father expiates sins, 4whoever honours a mother is like someone amassing a fortune. 5Whoever respects a father will in turn be happy with children, the day he prays for help, he will be heard. 6Long life comes to anyone who honours a father, whoever obeys the Lord makes a mother happy. 7Such a one serves parents as wel as the Lord. 8Respect your father in deed as wel as word, so that blessing may come on you from him; 9since a father's blessing makes his children's house firm, while a mother's curse tears up its foundations. 10Do not make a boast of disgrace overtaking your father, your father's disgrace reflects no honour onyou; 11for a person's own honour derives from the respect shown to his father, and a mother held in dishonouris a reproach to her children. 12My child, support your father in his old age, do not grieve him during his life. 13Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy, do not despise him in your health and strength; 14for kindness to a father will not be forgotten but wil serve as reparation for your sins. 15On your own day of ordeal God wil remember you: like frost in sunshine, your sins wil melt away. 16Whoever deserts a father is no better than a blasphemer, and whoever distresses a mother is accursedof the Lord. 17My child, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver. 18The greater you are, the more humbly you should behave, and then you wil find favour with the Lord; 19 20for great though the power of the Lord is, he accepts the homage of the humble. 21Do not try to understand things that are too difficult for you, or try to discover what is beyond yourpowers. 22Concentrate on what has been assigned you, you have no need to worry over mysteries. 23Do not meddle with matters that are beyond you; what you have been taught already exceeds thescope of the human mind. 24For many have been misled by their own notions, wicked presumption having warped their judgement. 25 26A stubborn heart wil come to a bad end, and whoever dal ies with danger wil perish in it. 27A stubborn heart is weighed down with troubles, the sinner heaps sin on sin. 28For the disease of the proud there is no cure, since an evil growth has taken root there. 29The heart of the sensible wil reflect on parables, an attentive ear is the sage's dream. 30Water puts out a blazing fire, almsgiving expiates sins. 31Whoever gives favours in return is mindful of the future; at the moment of falling, such a person wil findsupport.
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