1Hear me your father, O my children,
And do thereafter, that you⌃ may be saved.
2For the Lord has given the father glory as touching the children,
And has confirmed the judgement of the mother as touching the sons.
3He that honors his father shall make atonement for sins:
4And he that gives glory to his mother is as one that lays up treasure.
5Whoso honors his father shall have joy of his children;
And in the day of his prayer he shall be heard.
6He that gives glory to his father shall have length of days;
And he that hearkens to the Lord shall bring rest to his mother,
7 # The preceding words of this verse are omitted by the best authorities. And will do service under his parents, as to masters.
8In deed and word honor your father,
That a blessing may come upon you from him.
9For the blessing of the father establishes the houses of children;
But the curse of the mother roots out the foundations.
10Glorify not yourself in the dishonor of your father;
For your father’s dishonor is no glory to you.
11For the glory of a man is from the honor of his father;
And a mother in dishonor is a reproach to her children.
12My son, help your father in his old age;
And grieve him not as long as he lives.
13And if he fails in understanding, have patience with him;
And dishonor him not while you are in your full strength.
14For the relieving of your father shall not be forgotten:
And instead of sins it shall be added to build you up.
15In the day of your affliction it shall remember you;
As fair weather upon ice,
So shall your sins also melt away.
16He that forsakes his father is as a blasphemer;
And he that provoketh his mother is cursed of the Lord.
17My son, go on with your business in meekness;
So shall you be beloved of an acceptable man.
18The greater you are, humble yourself the more,
And you shall find favor before the Lord. 19#Verse 19 is omitted by the best authorities.
20For great is the potency of the Lord,
And he is glorified of them that are lowly.
21Seek not things that are too hard for you,
And search not out things that are above your strength.
22The things that have been commanded you, think thereupon;
For you have no need of the things that are secret.
23Be not over busy in your superfluous works:
For more things are showed to you than men can understand.
24For the conceit of many has led them astray;
And evil surmising has caused their judgement to slip. 25#Most authorities omit verse 25, and transpose the lines in verse 26.
26A stubborn heart shall fare ill at the last;
And he that loves danger shall perish therein.
27A stubborn heart shall be laden with troubles;
And the sinner shall heap sin upon #Gr. sins. sin.
28The calamity of the proud is no healing;
For a plant of wickedness has taken root in him.
29The heart of the prudent will understand a parable;
And the ear of a listener is the desire of a wise man.
30Water will quench a flaming fire;
And almsgiving will make atonement for sins.
31He that requites good turns is mindful of that which comes afterward;
And in the time of his falling he shall find a support.