Duties toward God
1My son, when you come to serve the LORD,* prepare yourself for trials. g 2 Tm 3, 12 . 2Be sincere of heart and steadfast, undisturbed in time of adversity. 3Cling to him, forsake him not; thus will your future be great. 4Accept whatever befalls you, in crushing misfortune be patient; 5For in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation. h Prv 17, 3; Wis 3, 6; 1 Pt 1, 7 . 6Trust God and he will help you; make straight your ways and hope in him.
7You who fear the LORD, wait for his mercy, turn not away lest you fall. 8You who fear the LORD, trust him, and your reward will not be lost. 9You who fear the LORD, hope for good things, for lasting joy and mercy. 10Study the generations long past and understand; has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed? Has anyone persevered in his fear and been forsaken? has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed? i Pss 31, 2; 145, 18f . 11Compassionate and merciful is the LORD; he forgives sins, he saves in time of trouble.
12Woe to craven hearts and drooping hands,* to the sinner who treads a double path! 13Woe to the faint of heart who trust not, who therefore will have no shelter! 14Woe to you who have lost hope! what will you do at the visitation of the LORD? 15Those who fear the LORD disobey not his words; those who love him keep his ways. j Jn 14, 23 . 16Those who fear the LORD seek to please him, those who love him are filled with his law. 17Those who fear the LORD prepare their hearts and humble themselves before him. 18Let us fall into the hands of the LORD and not into the hands of men, For equal to his majesty is the mercy that he shows. k Sir 18, 3 .