3 Don't put much hope in their future or expect them to live a long time. One child who does the Lord's will is better than a thousand who do not. It is better to go to your grave with no children at all than to have children who are godless.

References for Ben Sira 16:3

    • a 16:3 - [Hebrew] who does . . . do not; [Greek] is better than a thousand.