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51

Of correction of children. Health is better than wealth. Excessive grief is hurtful.

[1] He that loveth his son, frequently chastiseth him, that he may rejoice in his latter end, and not grope after the doors of his neighbours. [2] He that instructeth his son shall be praised in him, and shall glory in him in the midst of them of his household. [3] He that teacheth his son, maketh his enemy jealous, and in the midst of his friends he shall glory in him. [4] His father is dead, and he is as if he were not dead: for he hath left one behind him that is like himself. [5] While he lived he saw and rejoiced in him: and when he died he was not sorrowful, neither was he confounded before his enemies.

[6] For he left behind him a defender of his house against his enemies, and one that will requite kindness to his friends. [7] For the souls of his sons he shall bind up his wounds, and at every cry his bowels shall be troubled. [8] A horse not broken becometh stubborn, and a child left to himself will become headstrong. [9] Give thy son his way, and he shall make thee afraid: play with him, and he shall make thee sorrowful. [10] Laugh not with him, lest thou have sorrow, and at the last thy teeth be set on edge.

[11] Give him not liberty in his youth, and wink not at his devices. [12] Bow down his neck while he is young, and beat his sides while he is a child, lest he grow stubborn, and regard thee not, and so be a sorrow of heart to thee. [13] Instruct thy son, and labour about him, lest his lewd behaviour be an offence to thee. [14] Better is a poor man who is sound, and strong of constitution, than a rich man who is weak and afflicted with evils. [15] Health of the soul in holiness of justice, is better then all gold and silver: and a sound body, than immense revenues.

[16] There is no riches above the riches of the health of the body: and there is no pleasure above the joy of the heart. [17] Better is death than a bitter life: and everlasting rest, than continual sickness. [18] Good things that are hidden in a mouth that is shut, are as masses of meat set about a grave. [19] What good shall an offering do to an idol? for it can neither eat, nor smell: [20] So is he that is persecuted by the Lord, bearing the reward of his iniquity:

[21] He seeth with his eyes, and groaneth, as an eunuch embracing a virgin, and sighing. [22] Give not up thy soul to sadness, and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. [23] The joyfulness of the heart, is the life of a man, and a never failing treasure of holiness: and the joy of a man is length of life. [24] Have pity on thy own soul, pleasing God, and contain thyself: gather up thy heart in his holiness: and drive away sadness far from thee. [25] For sadness hath killed many, and there is no profit in it.

[26] Envy and anger shorten a man' s days, and pensiveness will bring old age before the time. [27] A Cheerful and good heart is always feasting: for his banquets are prepared with diligence.

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