1Treat the doctor with the honour that is his due, in consideration of his services; for he too has beencreated by the Lord. 2Healing itself comes from the Most High, like a gift received from a king. 3The doctor's learning keeps his head high, and the great regard him with awe. 4The Lord has brought forth medicinal herbs from the ground, and no one sensible wil despise them. 5Did not a piece of wood once sweeten the water, thus giving proof of its power? 6He has also given some people knowledge, so that they may draw credit from his mighty works. 7He uses these for healing and relieving pain; the druggist makes up a mixture from them. 8Thus, there is no end to his activities; thanks to him, well-being exists throughout the world. 9My child, when you are il , do not rebel, but pray to the Lord and he wil heal you. 10Renounce your faults, keep your hands unsoiled, and cleanse your heart from al sin. 11Offer incense and a memorial of fine flour, make as rich an offering as you can afford. 12Then let the doctor take over -- the Lord created him too -- do not let him leave you, for you need him. 13There are times when good health depends on doctors. 14For they, in their turn, wil pray the Lord to grant them the grace to relieve and to heal, and so prolongyour life. 15Whoever sins in the eyes of his Maker, let such a one come under the care of the doctor! 16My child, shed tears over the dead, lament for the dead to show your sorrow, then bury the body withdue ceremony and do not fail to honour the grave. 17Weep bitterly, beat your breast, observe the mourning the dead deserves for a day or two, to avoidcensorious comment, and then be comforted in your sorrow; 18for grief can lead to death, a grief-stricken heart loses al energy. 19In affliction sorrow persists, a life of grief is hard to bear. 20Do not abandon your heart to grief, drive it away, bear your own end in mind. 21Do not forget, there is no coming back; you cannot help the dead, and you will harm yourself. 22'Remember my doom, since it will be yours too; I yesterday, you today!' 23Once the dead are laid to rest, let their memory rest, do not fret for them, once their spirit departs. 24Leisure gives the scribe the chance to acquire wisdom; a man with few commitments can grow wise. 25How can the ploughman become wise, whose sole ambition is to wield the goad, driving his oxen,engrossed in their work, his conversation limited to bul ocks, 26his thoughts absorbed in the furrows he traces and his long evenings spent in fattening heifers? 27Similarly with al workmen and craftsmen, toiling day and night; those who engrave seals, for evertrying to think of a new design, concentrating on catching a good likeness and staying up late to get the workdone. 28Similarly with the blacksmith sitting by his anvil; he considers what to do with the pig-iron, the breath ofthe fire scorches his skin, as he contends with the heat of the furnace; the noise of the hammer deafens him, hiseyes are fixed on the pattern; he concentrates on getting the job done wel and stays up late to apply thefinishing touches. 29Similarly with the potter, sitting at his work, turning the wheel with his feet; constantly on the alert overhis work, each flick of the finger premeditated; 30he pummels the clay with his arm, and with his feet he kneads it; he concentrates on applying theglaze right and stays up late to clean the kiln. 31Al these people rely on their hands and each is skilled at his own craft. 32A town could not be inhabited without them, there would be no settling, no travel ing. 33But you wil not find them in the parliament, they do not hold high rank in the assembly. They do not siton the judicial bench, and they do not meditate on the Law. 34They are not remarkable for their culture or judgement, nor are they found frequenting thephilosophers. They sustain the structure of the world, and their prayer is concerned with their trade.
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