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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 30

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1A MAN who loves his son will not spare the rod, and then in his old age he may have joy of him. 2He who disciplines his son will find profit in him and take pride in him among his acquaintances. 3He who educates his son makes his enemy envious and will boast of him among friends. 4When the father dies, it is as if he were still alive, for he has left behind a copy of himself. 5During his lifetime he saw and rejoiced, and on his deathbed he had no regrets. 6He has left an heir to take vengeance on his enemies and to repay friends for their kindness.

7A man who coddles his son will bandage every scratch and be on tenterhooks at every cry. 8An unbroken horse turns out stubborn, and an unchecked son turns out headstrong. 9Pamper a boy and he will shock you; join in his games and he will grieve you. 10Do not share his laughter, or you will share his pain and end by grinding your teeth. 11While he is young do not give him freedom or overlook his errors. 12While he is young break him in, and beat him soundly while he is still a child; otherwise he may grow stubborn and disobedient and cause you distress. 13Discipline your son and take pains with him or he may affront you by some disgraceful act.

14 BETTER to be poor and healthy and fit than to be rich and racked by disease. 15Health and fitness are better than any amount of gold, and vigour of body than boundless prosperity. 16There is no wealth to compare with bodily health, no joy to surpass gladness of heart. 17Better death than a life of misery, eternal rest than a long illness. 18Delicacies heaped before someone with no appetite are like offerings of food placed on a tomb. 19What use is a sacrifice to an idol which can neither taste nor smell? So it is with one afflicted by the Lord: 20he gazes at the food before him and groans as a eunuch groans when he embraces a virgin.

21Do not abandon yourself to grief or go out of your way to distress yourself. 22A merry heart keeps a person alive, and joy lengthens his span of days. 23Indulge yourself, take comfort, and banish grief far from you; for grief has been the death of many and no advantage ever came of it. 24Envy and anger shorten life, and anxiety brings premature old age. 25He who has a light heart has a good appetite and relishes the food he eats.

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