Wisdom of Sirach 30

1He that loves his son causes him often to feel the rod, that he may have joy of him in the end.
2He that chastises his son shall have joy in him, and shall rejoice of him among his acquaintance.
3He that teaches his son grieves the enemy: and before his friends he shall rejoice of him.
4Though his father die, yet he is as though he were not dead: for he has left one behind him that is like himself.
5While he lived, he saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died, he was not sorrowful.
6He left behind him an avenger against his enemies, and one that shall requite kindness to his friends.
7He that makes too much of his son shall bind up his wounds; and his bowels will be troubled at every cry.
8An horse not broken becomes headstrong: and a child left to himself will be wilful.
9Cocker your child, and he shall make you afraid: play with him, and he will bring you to heaviness.
10Laugh not with him, lest you have sorrow with him, and lest you gnash your teeth in the end.
11Give him no liberty in his youth, and wink not at his follies.
12Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat him on the sides while he is a child, lest he wax stubborn, and be disobedient to you, and so bring sorrow to your heart.
13Chastise your son, and hold him to labor, lest his lewd behavior be an offense to you.
14Better is the poor, being sound and strong of constitution, than a rich man that is afflicted in his body.
15Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth.
16There is no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart.
17Death is better than a bitter life or continual sickness.
18Delicates poured upon a mouth shut up are as messes of meat set upon a grave.
19What good does the offering to an idol? for neither can it eat nor smell: so is he that is persecuted of the Lord.
20He sees with his eyes and groanes, as an eunuch that embraces a virgin and sighs.
21Give not over your mind to heaviness, and afflict not yourself in your own counsel.
22The gladness of the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongs his days.
23Love your own soul, and comfort your heart, remove sorrow far from you: for sorrow has killed many, and there is no profit therein.
24Envy and wrath shorten the life, and carefulness brings age before the time.
25A cheerful and good heart will have a care of his meat and diet.

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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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