1Whoever loves his son will beat him frequently so that in after years the son may be his comfort. 2Whoever is strict with his son wil reap the benefit, and be able to boast of him to his acquaintances. 3Whoever educates his son wil be the envy of his enemy, and wil be proud of him among his friends. 4Even when the father dies, he might wel not be dead, since he leaves his likeness behind him. 5In life he has had the joy of his company, dying, he has no anxieties. 6He leaves an avenger against his enemies and a rewarder of favours for his friends. 7Whoever coddles his son will bandage his wounds, his heart wil turn over at every cry. 8A badly broken-in horse turns out stubborn, a son left to himself turns out headstrong. 9Pamper your child and he wil terrorise you, play along with him and he wil bring you sorrow. 10Do not laugh with him, or one day you wil weep with him and end up gnashing your teeth. 11While he is young, do not al ow him his freedom and do not wink at his mistakes. 12Bend his neck in youth, bruise his ribs while he is a child, or else he wil grow stubborn anddisobedient, and hurt you very deeply. 13Be strict with your son, and persevere with him, or you will rue his insolence. 14Better be poor if healthy and fit than rich if tormented in body. 15Health and strength are better than any gold, a robust body than untold wealth. 16No riches can outweigh bodily health, no enjoyment surpass a cheerful heart. 17Better death than a wretched life, and everlasting rest than chronic il ness. 18Good things lavished on a closed mouth are like food offerings put on a grave. 19What use is an offering to an idol which can neither eat nor smel ? How describe someone pursued bythe Lord's displeasure? 20He looks and sighs like a eunuch embracing a pretty girl -- how he sighs! 21Do not abandon yourself to sorrow, do not torment yourself with brooding. 22Gladness of heart is life to anyone, joy is what gives length of days. 23Give your cares the slip, console your heart, chase sorrow far away; for sorrow has been the ruin ofmany, and is no use to anybody. 24Jealousy and anger shorten your days, and worry brings premature old age. 25A genial heart makes a good trencherman, someone who enjoys a good meal.
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