Children (Sir 26:19-26:21)

My child!

Keep sound

The bloom of your youth!

Do not give your strength

To strangers.

Seek a fertile field

Within the whole plain.

Sow it

With your own seed.

Trust in your fine stock.

Your offspring will prosper.

Have confidence

In their good descent.

They will grow great.”

This section does not appear in some editions. Sirach wants you to remember your great youth. Do not give your strength to strangers. When you sow, you should use your own seed on a fertile plain. Apparently he is talking about producing children with sexual interactions. He then implies that you should trust your fine stock. You should have confidence that your offspring will prosper because they come from good descendants so that they will become great.

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