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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 30

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The Training of Children*

1He who loves his son chastises him often, that he may be his joy when he grows up. i Prv 13, 24; 23, 13; 29, 15; Heb 12, 7 . 2He who disciplines his son will benefit from him, and boast of him among his intimates. 3He who educates his son makes his enemy jealous, and shows his delight in him among his friends. 4At the father’s death, he will seem not dead, since he leaves after him one like himself, 5Whom he looks upon through life with joy, and even in death, without regret: 6The avenger he leaves against his foes, and the one to repay his friends with kindness.

7He who spoils his son will have wounds to bandage, and will quake inwardly at every outcry. 8A colt untamed turns out stubborn; a son left to himself grows up unruly. 9Pamper your child and he will be a terror for you, indulge him and he will bring you grief. 10Share not in his frivolity lest you share in his sorrow, when finally your teeth are clenched in remorse. 11Give him not his own way in his youth, and close not your eyes to his follies. 12Bend him to the yoke when he is young, thrash his sides while he is still small, Lest he become stubborn, disobey you, and leave you disconsolate. j Sir 7, 23 . 13Discipline your son, make heavy his yoke, lest his folly humiliate you.

Health of Soul and Body*

14Better a poor man strong and robust, than a rich man with wasted frame. 15More precious than gold is health and well-being, contentment of spirit than coral. 16No treasure greater than a healthy body; no happiness, than a joyful heart! 17Preferable is death to a bitter life, k Sir 41, 2 . unending sleep to constant illness.* 18Dainties set before one who cannot eat are like the offerings placed before a tomb. l Tb 4, 17 . 19What good is an offering to an idol that can neither taste nor smell? 20So it is with the afflicted man who groans at the good things his eyes behold!

21Do not give in to sadness, torment not yourself with brooding; m Sir 38, 20; Prv 12, 25; 15, 13; 17, 22 . 22Gladness of heart is the very life of man, cheerfulness prolongs his days. 23Distract yourself, renew your courage, drive resentment far away from you; For worry has brought death to many, nor is there aught to be gained from resentment. n Sir 38, 18f . 24Envy and anger shorten one’s life, worry brings on premature old age. 25One who is cheerful and gay while at table benefits from his food. o Prv 15, 15 .

Notes:

i: Prv 13, 24; 23, 13; 29, 15; Heb 12, 7 .

j: Sir 7, 23 .

k: Sir 41, 2 .

l: Tb 4, 17 .

m: Sir 38, 20; Prv 12, 25; 15, 13; 17, 22 .

n: Sir 38, 18f .

o: Prv 15, 15 .

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