The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 3:1–16


The sons of wisdom are the Church of the just: and their generation is obedience and love.


Sons, listen to the judgment of your father, and act accordingly, so that you may be saved.

Sir3:1  Hear me your father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe.

For God has honored the father in the sons, and, when seeking the judgment of the mother, he has confirmed it in the children.

Sir3:2  For the Lord hath given the father honour over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.

He who loves God will plead with him on behalf of sins, and will keep himself away from sin, and will be heeded in the prayers of his days.

Sir3:3  Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins

And, like one who stores up treasure, so also is he who honors his mother.

Sir3:4  And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure.

He who honors his father will find happiness in his own children, and he will be heeded in the day of his prayer.

Sir3:5  Whoso honoureth his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall be heard.

He who honors his father will live a long life. And he who obeys his father will be a refreshment to his mother.

Sir3:6  He that honoureth his father shall have a long life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord shall be a comfort to his mother.

He who fears the Lord honors his parents, and he will serve them as masters, for it is they who conceived him.

Sir3:7  He that feareth the Lord will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters.

In word and deed, and in all things, honor your father with patience,

Sir3:8  Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon thee from them.


10  so that a blessing may come to you from him, and so that his blessing may remain to the very end.


11  The blessing of the father strengthens the houses of the sons; but the curse of the mother uproots even its foundation.

Sir3:9  For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children; but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations.

12  Do not boast in the disgrace of your father; for his shame is not your glory.

Sir3:10  Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; for thy father’s dishonour is no glory unto thee.


13  For the glory of a man is from the honor of his father, and a father without honor is a discredit to the son.


14  Son, support your father in his old age, and do not grieve him in his life.

Sir3:12  My son, help thy father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he liveth.

15  And if his mind should fail, show kindness; and do not spurn him when you are in your strength. For almsgiving to the father will never be forgotten.

Sir3:13  And if his understanding fail, have patience with him; and despise him not when thou art in thy full strength.

16  For even in return for the sin of the mother, good will be repaid to you.

Sir3:14  For the relieving of thy father shall not be forgotten: and instead of sins it shall be added to build thee up.