Ben Sira 7:18-28 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
Duties of Family Life, Religion and Charity
18 Do not barter a friend for money,
or a true brother for the gold of Ophir.
19 Do not reject a sensible wife;
a gracious wife is more precious than pearls.
20 Do not mistreat a servant who works faithfully,
or laborers who devote themselves to their task.
21 Love wise servants as yourself;
do not refuse them freedom.
22 Do you have livestock? Look after them;
if they are dependable, keep them.
23 Do you have sons? Correct them
and cure their stubbornness in their early youth.
24 Do you have daughters? Keep them chaste,
and do not be indulgent to them.
25 Give your daughter in marriage, and a worry comes to an end;
but give her to a sensible man.
26 Do you have a wife? Do not mistreat her,
but do not trust the wife you hate.
27 With your whole heart honor your father;
your mother’s birth pangs do not forget.
28 Remember, of these parents you were born;
what can you give them for all they gave you?
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
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