- 1 Children, pay heed to a father's right; do so that you may live.
- For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother's authority he confirms over her sons.
- He who honors his father atones for sins;
- he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
- He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard.
- He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother.
- He who fears the LORD honors his father, and serves his parents as rulers.
- In word and deed honor your father that his blessing may come upon you;
- For a father's blessing gives a family firm roots, but a mother's curse uproots the growing plant.
- Glory not in your father's shame, for his shame is no glory to you!
- His father's honor is a man's glory; disgrace for her children, a mother's shame.
- My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives.
- Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength.
- For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering--it will take lasting root.
- In time of tribulation it will be recalled to your advantage, like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins.
- A blasphemer is he who despises his father; accursed of his Creator, he who angers his mother.
- 2 My son, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
- Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.
- 3 For great is the power of God; by the humble he is glorified.
- What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not.
- What is committed to you, attend to; for what is hidden is not your concern.
- With what is too much for you meddle not, when shown things beyond human understanding.
- Their own opinion has misled many, and false reasoning unbalanced their judgment.
- Where the pupil of the eye is missing, there is no light, and where there is no knowledge, there is no wisdom.
- A stubborn man will fare badly in the end, and he who loves danger will perish in it.
- A stubborn man will be burdened with sorrow; a sinner will heap sin upon sin.
- For the affliction of the proud man there is no cure; he is the offshoot of an evil plant.
- The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the wise man's joy.
- 4 Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins.
- He who does a kindness is remembered afterward; when he falls, he finds a support.
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Footnotes1 [1-16] Besides the virtues that must characterize our conduct toward God, special duties toward our neighbor are enjoined, such as honor and respect toward parents, with corresponding blessings (Sirach 3:1-9). Even to old and infirm parents this respect is due (Sirach 3:10-13); through it, the sins of children are pardoned (Sirach 3:14, 15). Failure to render respect is blasphemy and merits a curse from God (Sirach 3:16). Cf Exodus 20:12; Eph 6:2-3.
2 [17-27] Humility gives a true estimate of self (Sirach 3:17-19). Through it a man performs duty, avoids what is beyond his understanding and strength (Sirach 3:20-22). Pride, however, begets false greatness, misjudgment, stubborness, sorrow, affliction and perdition (Sirach 3:23-27).
3 An alternate or additional line would read: "For though many have been great in the course of time, it is to the humble he reveals his secrets." Cf Matthew 11:25-26; 1 Cor 1:26-29.
4 [29-4:10] Mercy and kindness toward those in misfortune atone for sin and endear a man to God and to his fellow men.
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