Sirach:Chapter 3

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德訓篇 Sirach
1智慧之子,形成義人的集會;他們的家族充滿服從與友愛。 1My children, it is your father who speaks, listen to me and follow my advice and so be saved.
2孩子們,你們應聽從我,你們的父親;你們要這樣作,以便得救。 2For the Lord established that children should respect their father; he confirmed the right of the mother over her sons.
3因為,上主願父親受兒女的尊敬,且確定了母親對子女的權利。 3Whoever honors his father atones for his sins;
4孝敬父親的人,必能補贖罪過;且能戒避罪惡,在祈禱之日,必蒙應允。 4he who gives glory to his mother prepares a treasure for himself.
5孝敬母親的人,就如積蓄珍寶的人。 5Whoever honors his father will receive joy from his own children and will be heard when he prays.
6孝敬父親的人,必在子女身上獲得喜樂;當他祈禱時,必蒙應允。 6Whoever glorifies his father will have a long life. Whoever obeys the Lord gives comfort to his mother.
7孝敬父親的,必享長壽;聽從上主的,必使母親得到安慰。 7He serves those who brought him to birth as he would serve the Lord.
8敬畏上主的人,必孝敬父母;奉事生他的父母,猶如奉事主人。 8Honor your father in word and deed so that his blessing may come on you.
9你當以言以行,以各樣的忍耐,孝敬你的父親, 9For a father's blessing secures the future of his children, but a mother's curse destroys them at their roots.
10好使他的祝福,降到你身上,而存留至終。 10Do not rejoice at the humiliation of your father because his dishonor is no glory for you.
11因為父親的祝福,鞏固子女的家庭;反之,母親的詛咒,拔除家庭的基礎。 11For a man's glory comes from his father's reputation; a mother who is not respected is a disgrace to her children.
12不要以你父親的羞辱為榮,因為父親的羞辱,為你不是光榮; 12My son, take care of your father in his old age, do not cause him sorrow as long as he lives.
13原來人的光榮,是建在他父親的榮譽上;不名譽的母親,是子女的恥辱。 13Even if he has lost his mind, have patience; do not be disrespectful to him while you are in full health.
14我兒,你父親年老了,你當扶助;在他有生之日,不要使他憂傷。 14For kindness done to one's father will never be forgotten, it will serve as reparation for your sins.
15若他的智力衰弱了,你要對他有耐心,不要因你年富力強就藐視他; 15In the day of adversity the Lord will remember it to your advantage; for just as ice melts in the heat, so will your sins melt away.
16因為,對父親所施的憐憫,是不會被遺忘的,天主必要赦免你的罪過,復興你的家庭。因你容忍母親的過失,必獲賞報; 16The man who abandons his father is like a blasphemer; he who annoys his mother is cursed by the Lord.
17天主必依公義,建立你的家庭;在你困難之日,要記念你,要消滅你的罪過,有如晴天溶化冰霜。 17My son, conduct your affairs with discretion and you will be loved by those who are acceptable to God.
18背棄父親的,形同褻聖;激怒母親的,已為上主所詛咒。 18The greater you are, the more you should humble yourself and thus you will find favor with God.
19我兒,執行你的工作時,應當謙和;這樣,你會比施惠的人更受人愛戴。 19For great is the power of the Lord and it is the humble who give him glory.
20你越偉大,在一切事上越當謙下;這樣,你纔能在上主面前,獲得恩寵。 20Do not seek what is beyond your powers nor search into what is beyond your ability.
21因為,只有上主的權能是偉大的,為謙遜人所尊崇。 21Reflect on what you are commanded to do; there is no need for you to know things that are hidden.
22為你太難的事,你不要尋找;超乎你能力的事,你不要研究;然而天主給你所規定的,你應時常思念,在他的許多工程上,你不應懷著好奇心去追究。 22Do not tire yourself in resolving useless questions since the knowledge you already have goes beyond human understanding.
23因為,親眼觀察那些隱密的事,為你並不需要。 23For many have been led astray by their personal theories and false pretension has undermined reason.
24在超過你能力的事上,你不要勞神;在他的許多工程上,你不要懷著好奇的心; 24The obstinate man will eventually fall into evil, and he who loves danger will perish therein.
25因為,你已見到許多,人類不能理解的事; 25The obstinate man will be weighed down with sufferings; the sinner heaps up sin upon sin.
26的確,有許多人受了自己妄想的欺騙,邪惡的幻想迷惑了他們的明悟。 26For the sufferings of the proud man there is no remedy, the roots of evil are implanted in him.
27心裡頑硬的人,終究必有不幸的結局;愛危險的,必死於危險之中。 27The wise man reflects on proverbs. What the wise man desires is an attentive ear. Almsgiving
28徘徊在兩條路上的心,決不會成功;心術不正的人,必要絆倒。 28As water extinguishes the burning flames, almsgiving obtains pardon for sins.
29頑硬的心,必為愁苦所累;罪人必要罪上加罪。 29The man who responds by doing good prepares for the future, at the moment of his downfall he will find support.
30驕傲人們的創傷,無法醫治,因為惡根在他們身上,已根深蒂固,而他們卻不自覺。 30
31明智人的心,領會寓言;智慧人的心願,是希求熱心的聽眾。 31
32聰明睿智的心,必戒避罪惡;在正義的工作上,必獲成功。 32
33水可以消滅烈火,施捨可以補贖罪過。 33
34天主保佑施捨的人,此後必要記念他,在他跌倒時,要使他獲得扶助。 34

 

 

 

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