Sirach 3

1 {\cf2 The children of wisdome are the Church of the righteous, and their offspring is obedience and loue.}

2 {\cf2 Heare your fathers iudgement, O children, and doe thereafter, that yee may be safe.}

3 {\cf2 For the Lorde wil haue the father honoured of the children, and hath confirmed the authoritie of the mother ouer the children.}

4 {\cf2 Who so honoureth his father, his sinnes shall be forgiuen him, and he shall absteine from them, and shall haue his daily desires.}

5 {\cf2 And hee that honoureth his mother, is like one that gathereth treasure.}

6 {\cf2 Who so honoureth his father, shall haue ioy of his owne children, and when he maketh his praier, he shalbe heard.}

7 {\cf2 Hee that honoureth his father, shall haue a long life, and hee that is obedient vnto the Lorde, shall comfort his mother.}

8 {\cf2 He that feareth the Lord, honoureth his parents, & doeth seruice vnto his parents, as vnto lords.}

9 {\cf2 Honour thy father and mother, in deede and in worde and in all patience, that thou maiest haue Gods blessing, and that his blessing may abide with thee in the ende.}

10 {\cf2 For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of the children, and the mothers curse rooteth out the foundations.}

11 {\cf2 Reioyce not at the dishonour of thy father: for it is not honour vnto thee, but shame.}

12 {\cf2 Seeing that mans glorie commeth by his fathers honour, and the reproche of the mother is dishonour to the children,}

13 {\cf2 My sonne, helpe thy father in his age, and grieue him not as long as he liueth.}

14 {\cf2 And if his vnderstanding faile, haue patience with him, and despise him not when thou art in thy full strength.}

15 {\cf2 For the good intreatie of thy father shall not be forgotten, but it shall be a fortresse for thee against sinnes, and for thy mothers offence, thou shalt be recompenced with good, and it shall be founded for thee in righteousnesse.}

16 {\cf2 And in the day of trouble thou shalt bee remembred: thy sinnes also shall melt away as the yce in the faire weather.}

17 {\cf2 He that forsaketh his father, shal come to shame, and he that angreth his mother, is cursed of God.}

18 {\cf2 My son, performe thy doings with meekenes, so shalt thou be beloued of them that are approued.}

19 {\cf2 The greater thou are, the more humble thy selfe in all things, and thou shalt finde fauour before the Lorde.}

20 {\cf2 Many are excellent and of renowne: but the secretes are reueiled vnto the meeke.}

21 {\cf2 For the power of the Lorde is great, and he is honoured of the lowly.}

22 {\cf2 Seeke not out the things that are too harde for thee, neither searche the things rashly which are too mightie for thee.}

23 {\cf2 But what God hath commaunded thee, thinke vpon that with reuerence, and be not curious in many of his works: for it is not needefull for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are secret.}

24 {\cf2 Be not curious in superfluous things: for many things are shewed vnto thee aboue the capacitie of men.}

25 {\cf2 The medling with such hath beguiled many, and an euil opinion hath deceiued their iudgement.}

26 {\cf2 Thou canst not see without eyes: professe not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not.}

27 {\cf2 A stubberne heart shall fare euill at the last: and he that loueth danger, shall perish therein.}

28 {\cf2 An heart that goeth two waies, shal not prosper: and he that is frowarde of heart, shall stumble therein.}

29 {\cf2 An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrowes: and the wicked man shall heape sinne vpon sinne.}

30 {\cf2 The perswasion of the proude is without remedie, and his steppes shall be plucked vp: for the plant of sinne hath taken roote in him, and he shal not be esteemed.}

31 {\cf2 The heart of him that hath vnderstanding, shall perceiue secrete things, and an attentiue eare is the desire of a wise man.}

32 {\cf2 An heart that is wise and vnderstanding, wil absteine from sinne, and shall prosper in the workes of righteousnesse.}

33 {\cf2 Water quencheth burning fire, and almes taketh away sinnes.}

34 {\cf2 And he that rewardeth good deedes, will remember it afterward, and in the time of the fall, he shall finde a staie.}