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Ben Sira 30:1-13New 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.

Footnotes:

  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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Sirach 30:1-13New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Concerning Children[a]

30 He who loves his son will whip him often,
    so that he may rejoice at the way he turns out.
He who disciplines his son will profit by him,
    and will boast of him among acquaintances.
He who teaches his son will make his enemies envious,
    and will glory in him among his friends.
When the father dies he will not seem to be dead,
    for he has left behind him one like himself,
whom in his life he looked upon with joy
    and at death, without grief.
He has left behind him an avenger against his enemies,
    and one to repay the kindness of his friends.

Whoever spoils his son will bind up his wounds,
    and will suffer heartache at every cry.
An unbroken horse turns out stubborn,
    and an unchecked son turns out headstrong.
Pamper a child, and he will terrorize you;
    play with him, and he will grieve you.
10 Do not laugh with him, or you will have sorrow with him,
    and in the end you will gnash your teeth.
11 Give him no freedom in his youth,
    and do not ignore his errors.
12 Bow down his neck in his youth,[b]
    and beat his sides while he is young,
or else he will become stubborn and disobey you,
    and you will have sorrow of soul from him.[c]
13 Discipline your son and make his yoke heavy,[d]
    so that you may not be offended by his shamelessness.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 30:1 This heading is included in the Gk text.
  2. Sirach 30:12 Other ancient authorities lack this line and the preceding line
  3. Sirach 30:12 Other ancient authorities lack this line
  4. Sirach 30:13 Heb: Gk take pains with him
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Sirach 30:1-13Good News Translation (GNT)

Bringing up Children

30 A father who loves his son will whip him often, so that he can be proud of him later. If a son is disciplined, he will be of some use, and his father can boast of him to his friends. Anyone who gives good guidance to his son cannot only take pride in him among his friends, but he can make his enemies jealous. 4-5 While the father is alive, the sight of his son makes him happy, and when he dies, he has no regrets. He is not really dead, because his son is like him. He has left someone to take vengeance on his enemies and to return the favors he owes his friends.

But anyone who spoils his son will have to bandage his wounds.[a] His heart will stop every time he hears a shout. An untamed horse is going to be stubborn, and an undisciplined son is no different. If you pamper your child and play with him, he will be a disappointment and a source of grief. 10 Laugh with him now, and one day you will have to cry over him, grinding your teeth in regret. 11 Don't give him freedom while he is young, and don't overlook what he does wrong. 12 Whip him while he is still a child, and make him respect your authority. If you don't, he will be stubborn and disobedient and cause you nothing but sorrow. 13 So discipline your son and give him work to do, or else he will be an embarrassment to you.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 30:7 will have...wounds; or is going to be hurt.
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