Sirach - Chapter 30

[Sirach 30]
{30:1} He who loves his son will frequently chastise him, so that he may be happy in the very end, and not grope for the doors of his neighbors.
{30:2} He who instructs his son will be praised over him and will glory in him, in the midst of his household.
{30:3} He who teaches his son will make his enemy jealous, and in the midst of his friends, he will glory in him.
{30:4} When his father has died, it will be as if he were not dead. For he will have left behind someone who is like himself.
{30:5} In his life, he saw him and rejoiced in him. And at his passing, he was not sorrowful, nor was he confounded in the sight of his enemies.
{30:6} For he left behind himself a defender of his house against his enemies, and someone who will repay his friends with kindness.
{30:7} For the sake of the souls of his sons, he will bind up his wounds, and at every voice, his gut will be stirred up.
{30:8} An untamed horse becomes stubborn, and a child left to himself becomes headstrong.
{30:9} Coddle a son, and he will make you afraid. Play with him, and he will make you sorrowful.
{30:10} You should not laugh with him; otherwise you may have grief, and in the end, your teeth be clenched.
{30:11} You should not give him power in his youth, but you should not despise his thoughts.
{30:12} Bow down his neck in his youth, and slap his sides while he is a child, lest perhaps he may become stubborn, and then he will not trust you, and so he will bring sorrow to your soul.
{30:13} Instruct your son, and work with him, lest you give offense by his shameful behavior.
{30:14} Better is a healthy pauper with a strong constitution, than a wealthy man who is weak and afflicted by maladies.
{30:15} A healthy soul with the sanctity of justice is better than all the gold and silver. And a sound body is better than immense revenues.
{30:16} There is no revenue above the revenue of a healthy body. And there is no delight above a joyful heart.
{30:17} Death is better than a bitter life. And eternal rest is better than continual sickness.
{30:18} Good things hidden in a closed mouth are like seats at a feast placed around a grave.
{30:19} What benefit is there in an offering to an idol? For it can neither eat, nor smell.
{30:20} So is he who flees from the Lord, carrying the wages of his iniquity.
{30:21} He sees with his eyes and groans, like a eunuch who embraces a virgin and sighs.
{30:22} You should not give your soul to sadness, and you should not afflict yourself by your own counsel.
{30:23} The gladness of the heart is the life of a man, and it is a treasure of sanctity without defect. And the exultation of a man is length of life.
{30:24} Take pity on your own soul by pleasing God, and show self-restraint. Gather your heart into his sanctity, and drive sadness far away from yourself.
{30:25} For sadness has killed many, and there is no usefulness in it.
{30:26} Envy and anger will diminish your days, and pensiveness will bring old age before its time.
{30:27} A cheerful and good heart is like a feast. And its feasts are formed by diligence.

 

In 30:1-13 what advice does Sirach offer on raising sons?

In 30:22-27 Sirach compares sadness and health for the soul. What does he say?

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