There are three things in which I can take special delight—–things that are beautiful to the LORD and man alike

  • brothers who get along with each other,
  • neighbors who are friends
  • and a married couple who are happy together

    There are three kinds of people I CANNOT STAND, whose behavior I find highly OFFENSIVE:

  • poor people who are arrogant
  • rich people who lie
  • and foolish old men who commit adultery

    Unless you learn what you can while you are young, you will never be wise when you reach old age. Sound Judgment , good advice, and gray hair go together beautifully.

    Wisdom , Understanding, and Sound Counsel are appropriate to the aged and the respected. Elderly people wear the crown of long experience, and they can boast of nothing finer than their fear of the LORD.

    I will tell you about ten kinds of people that I feel fortunate in the case of the tenth:

  • someone who takes pride in his children
  • someone who lives to see his enemies fall
  • a man fortunate enough to have an understanding wife
  • a married couple who are well-matched
  • a person who never speaks sinfully
  • a person who doesn’t have to work for someone less competent than himself
  • someone fortunate enough to have a real friend
  • a person that people are happy to listen to

  • and the really great one: someone who is wise
  • BUt the greatest one of all is the PERSON WHO FEARS THE LORD.

    Such person has no equal , because the FEAR OF THE LORD is the MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD.

    SIRACH 25:1-11

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