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Ben Sira 30:1-13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 30

The Training of Children[a]

Whoever loves a son will chastise him often,
    that he may be his joy when he grows up.
Whoever disciplines a son will benefit from him,
    and boast of him among acquaintances.
Whoever educates a son will make his enemy jealous,
    and rejoice in him among his friends.
At the father’s death, he will seem not dead,
    for he leaves after him one like himself,
Whom he looked upon through life with joy,
    and in death, without regret.
Against his enemies he has left an avenger,
    and one to repay his friends with kindness.

Whoever spoils a son will have wounds to bandage,
    and will suffer heartache at every cry.
An untamed horse turns out stubborn;
    and a son left to himself grows up unruly.
Pamper a child and he will be a terror for you,
    indulge him, and he will bring you grief.
10 Do not laugh with him lest you share sorrow with him,
    and in the end you will gnash your teeth.
11 Do not give him his own way in his youth,
    and do not ignore his follies.
12 Bow down his head in his youth,
    beat his sides while he is still young,
Lest he become stubborn and disobey you,
    and leave you disconsolate.
13 Discipline your son and make heavy his yoke,
    lest you be offended by his shamelessness.


  1. 30:1–13 Sound discipline (which would include physical beating) and careful education of children correct self-indulgence and stubbornness, prevent remorse and humiliation, and bring to parents lasting joy and delight, prestige among friends, jealousy of enemies, perpetuation and vindication of themselves through their offspring (vv. 1–6). Lack of discipline and overindulgence of children bring sorrow and disappointment, terror and grief (vv. 7–13).
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