The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 22:3–8

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An undisciplined son is the shame of his father, but an undisciplined daughter will be to his degradation.

An evilnurtured man is the dishonour of his father that begat him: and a foolish daughter is born to his loss.

A prudent daughter brings an inheritance to her husband. But she who causes shame will be a disgrace to him who conceived her.

A wise daughter shall bring an inheritance to her husband: but she that liveth dishonestly is her father’s heaviness.

She who is bold shames her father and her husband, and she will not be less offensive to the impious. For she will be held in dishonor by both.

She that is bold dishonoureth both her father and her husband, but they both shall despise her.

An untimely explanation is like music in a time of mourning. But the sharp correction and doctrine of wisdom are ever timely.

A tale out of season is as musick in mourning: but stripes and correction of wisdom are never out of time.

Whoever teaches the foolish is like someone who glues together a broken pot.

Whoso teacheth a fool is as one that glueth a potsherd together, and as he that waketh one from a sound sleep.

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Whoever explains a word to one who is not listening is like someone who suddenly awakens a sleeping person from a deep sleep.