Sirach 30

Geneva(i) 1 He that loueth his sonne, causeth him oft to feele the rodde, that he may haue ioye of him in the ende. 2 He that chastiseth his sonne, shall haue ioy in him, & shal reioyce of him among his acquaintace. 3 Hee that teacheth his sonne, grieueth the enemie, and before his friends hee shall reioyce of him. 4 Though his father dye, yet is he as though he were not dead: for hee hath left one behinde him that is like him. 5 In his life hee sawe him, and had ioye in him, and was not sorie in his death, neither was hee ashamed before his enemies. 6 He left behinde him an auenger against his enemies, and one that should shew fauour vnto his friendes. 7 Hee that flattereth his sonne, bindeth vp his wounds, and his heart is grieued at euery crie. 8 An vntamed horse will be stubburne, and a wanton childe will be wilfull. 9 If thou bring vp thy sonne delicately, he shall make thee afraide: and if thou play with him, hee shall bring thee to heauinesse. 10 Laugh not with him, lest thou be sorie with him, and lest thou gnash thy teeth in the ende. 11 Giue him no libertie in his youth, & winke not at his folie. 12 Bowe down his necke while he is yong, and beate him on the sides, while he is a childe, lest he waxe stubburne, and be disobedient vnto thee, and so bring sorow to thine heart. 13 Chastise thy childe, and be diligent therein, lest his shame grieue thee. 14 Better is the poore, being whole & strog, then a rich man that is afflicted in his bodie. 15 Health and strength is aboue all golde, and a whole bodie aboue infinite treasure. 16 There is no riches aboue a sound bodie, and no ioy aboue the ioy of the heart. 17 Death is better then a bitter life, and long rest, then continuall sicknes. 18 The good things that are powred on a mouth shut vp, are as messes of meat set vpon a graue. 19 What good doeth the offring vnto an idole? for hee can neither eate nor smell: so is hee that is persecuted of the Lord, and beareth the reward of iniquitie. 20 He seeth with his eies, & groneth like a gelded man, that lieth with a virgin and sigheth. 21 Giue not ouer thy minde to heauines, and vexe not thy selfe in thine owne counsel. 22 The ioy of the heart is the life of man, and a mans gladnesse is the prolonging of his dayes. 23 Loue thine own soule, & cofort thine heart: driue sorowe farre from thee: for sorow hath slayne many, and there is no profite therein. 24 Enuie and wrath shorten the life, and carefulnes bringeth age before the time. 25 A noble and good heart will haue consideration of his meat and diet.