1But of these things be not ashamed, lest you sin through human respect: u Prv 24, 23; Jas 2, 1 . 2Of the law of the Most High and his precepts, or of the sentence to be passed upon the sinful; 3Of sharing the expenses of a business or a journey, or of dividing an inheritance or property; 4Of accuracy of scales and balances, or of tested measures and weights; v Prv 11, 1 . 5Of acquiring much or little, or of bargaining in dealing with a merchant; Of constant training of children, or of beating the sides of a disloyal servant; w Sir 30, 1–13; 33, 25–33 . 6Of a seal to keep an erring wife at home, or of a lock placed where there are many hands; 7Of numbering every deposit, or of recording all that is given or received; 8Of chastisement of the silly and the foolish, or of the aged and infirm answering for wanton conduct. Thus you will be truly cautious and recognized by all men as discreet.
A Father’s Care for His Daughter*
9A daughter is a treasure that keeps her father wakeful, and worry over her drives away rest: x Sir 7, 24f . Lest she pass her prime unmarried, or when she is married, lest she be disliked; 10While unmarried, lest she be seduced, or, as a wife, lest she prove unfaithful; Lest she conceive in her father’s home, or be sterile in that of her husband. 11Keep a close watch on your daughter, lest she make you the sport of your enemies, A byword in the city, a reproach among the people, an object of derision in public gatherings. See that there is no lattice in her room, no place that overlooks the approaches to the house. y Sir 26, 10 . 12Let her not parade her charms before men, z 12f: Sir 9, 1–9 . or spend her time with married women; 13For just as moths come from garments, so harm to women comes from women: 14Better a man’s harshness than a woman’s indulgence, and a frightened daughter than any disgrace.
The Works of God in Nature*
15Now will I recall God’s works; what I have seen, I will describe. At God’s word were his works brought into being; they do his will as he has ordained for them. a Ps 77, 12f . 16As the rising sun is clear to all, so the glory of the LORD fills all his works; 17Yet even God’s holy ones must fail in recounting the wonders of the LORD, Though God has given these, his hosts, the strength to stand firm before his glory. 18He plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart; their innermost being he understands. The Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from of old the things that are to come: 19He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets. 20No understanding does he lack; no single thing escapes him. b Sir 39, 19; Wis 1, 6–10 . 21Perennial is his almighty wisdom; he is from all eternity one and the same, 22With nothing added, nothing taken away; no need of a counselor for him! c Is 40, 13; Rom 11, 34 . 23How beautiful are all his works! even to the spark and fleeting vision! 24The universe lives and abides forever; to meet each need, each creature is preserved. 25All of them differ, one from another, yet none of them has he made in vain, For each in turn, as it comes, is good; can one ever see enough of their splendor? d Sir 33, 15 .