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Sirach 42

1 of repeating gossip; and of revealing secrets— then you will be truly modest and find favor with every human being. Don't be ashamed of these things, and don't show favoritism so that you sin.
2 Don't be ashamed: of the Law of the Most High or the covenant, of a just verdict in favor of an ungodly person,
3 of keeping a record of expenses with a partner or a traveling companion, of distributing an inheritance to others,
4 of accuracy with scales and weights, of acquiring a lot or a little,
5 of profit from business with merchants, of frequent discipline of children, and of whipping wicked household slaves until they bleed.
6 In the case of a wicked wife, using your seal on your documents and supplies is an excellent idea, and lock up things anywhere there are lots of hands.
7 Whatever you deposit, whether by number and weight, and whatever you give or receive, put everything in writing.
8 Don't be ashamed of discipline for the stupid and foolish and for the old codger who is guilty of sexual immorality. Then you will have been truly educated and approved by everyone alive.

On daughters

9 A daughter is a hidden source of sleeplessness for her father, and anxiety about her deprives him of sleep: in her youth, that she doesn't pass her prime, and when she's married, that she not be hated;
10 while she's a virgin, that she not be seduced and become pregnant while still living at home; when she's married, that she not go straying; or having married, that she not be infertile.
11 Keep a strict watch over an unruly daughter so that she doesn't make you an object of ridicule to your enemies, a topic of talk in the city and the assembly of the people, and she shame you before the crowd.
12 Don't consider the beauty of any person, and don't spend time among women.
13 Moths come out of clothes, and a woman's wickedness comes from a woman.
14 A man's wickedness is better than a woman who does good and a disgraced woman who brings shame.

God’s created order

15 Now I'll call to mind the works of the Lord, and I'll tell about what I've seen. The Lord's works came into being by his words.
16 The shining sun looked down on everything, and the Lord's work is radiant with his glory.
17 The Lord has not allowed his holy ones to describe all of his wonders, which the Lord Almighty established so that the universe would stand firm in his glory.
18 He has searched the abyss and the heart, and he took their great achievements into consideration, because the Most High knew everything to be known. He saw the sign of the age,
19 explaining what has passed and what will be, and revealing the clues to things that are hidden.
20 No thought escaped him, and not a single word was hidden from him.
21 He ordered the splendors of his wisdom. He remains the same from the beginning of time all the way to eternity. Nothing can be added to him nor be taken away, and he needed no one to give him advice.
22 How desirable are all of his works, and how brilliant they are to look upon.
23 All these things live and remain forever in every circumstance, and everything obeys him.
24 All things exist in pairs, one opposite the other, and he made nothing that was incomplete.
25 Each thing strengthens the good parts of the other; who can get enough of seeing God's glory?
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