“A daughter is a secret anxiety
To her father.
Worry over her robs him of sleep.
When she is young,
He fears that she may not marry.
He fears that she may be disliked.
While a virgin,
He fears that she may be seduced.
He fears that she may become pregnant
In her father’s house.
Or having a husband,
He fears that she may go astray.
He fears that she may be barren.”
Sirach lists all the fears that a father has for his daughter. He has a secret anxiety about her that robs him of sleep. When she is young, he is afraid that she will never marry. He is also afraid that she may be seduced and have a child in his house. If she gets married, he is afraid that her new husband will dislike her. He also is afraid that she may go astray from her new husband. Finally, he worries whether she might be sterile and have no children. He seems like an over protective concerned father who does not have the same concern about his sons.
“To show partiality is not good.
Yet for a piece of bread
A person may do wrong.
A miser is in a hurry to get rich.
He does not know that loss is sure to come.
Whoever rebukes a person,
Will afterward find more favor
Than one who flatters with the tongue.
Anyone who robs his father or his mother
‘That is no crime,’
Is partner to a thug.
The greedy person stirs up strife.
But whoever trusts in Yahweh
Will be enriched.
Those who trust in their own wits are fools.
But those who walk in wisdom
Come through safely.
Whoever gives to the poor
Will lack nothing.
But one who turns a blind eye
Will get many a curse.
When the wicked prevail,
People go into hiding.
But when the wicked perish,
The righteous increase.”
You should not show partiality in judging others. Sometimes people will do wrong things just for a piece of bread. The misers will hurry to gain wealth but they will lose it in the end. It is better to rebuke people than to flatter them. Anyone who robs his mother or father, and then says that it is not a crime, is already the companion of a common thief. The greedy misers are always stirring up strife and trouble. If you trust in your own wits, you are a fool. Those who walk in wisdom come out safe. If you give to the poor, you will not lack anything. However, if you turn a blind eye to the poor, you will be cursed. Then this section ends with a repeat of what was said earlier in this chapter about when the wicked prevail, then people go into hiding. When the wicked perish, then the righteous increase.