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

Chapter 42

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1But at other times you must not be ashamed, or you will do wrong out of deference to others. 2Do not be ashamed of the law and covenant of the Most High, or of acting justly even if you acquit the ungodly; 3of settling an account with a partner or travelling companion, or of sharing an inheritance with the other heirs; 4of using accurate weights and measures, or of acquiring possessions, many or few, 5or of making a profit out of trade; of frequent disciplining of children, or of drawing blood from the back of a worthless servant. 6If your wife is untrustworthy, bolt your door; where there are many hands, keep things under lock and key. 7When you make a deposit, see it counted and weighed, and when you give or receive, have it all in writing. 8Do not be ashamed to discipline the ignorant and foolish, or a greybeard on trial for fornication. You will be showing your sound upbringing and win universal approval.

9A daughter is a secret anxiety to her father, and worry about her keeps him awake at night: when she is young, for fear she may grow too old to marry, and when she is married, for fear her husband may divorce her; 10when she is a virgin, for fear she may be seduced and become pregnant in her father's house; when she has a husband, for fear she may prove unfaithful, and after marriage, for fear she may be barren. 11Keep close watch over a headstrong daughter, or she may give your enemies cause to gloat, making you the talk of the town, a byword among the people, shaming you in the eyes of the world. 12Give her a bedroom without windows, a room that does not overlook the entrance. Do not let her display her beauty to any man, or sit gossiping in the women's quarters; 13for out of clothes comes the moth, and out of woman comes woman's wickedness. 14Better a man's wickedness than a woman's goodness; it is woman who brings shame and disgrace.

15 NOW I SHALL call to mind the works of the Lord and describe what I have seen, his works which by his word were made. 16As everything is illumined by the rays of the sun, so the works of the Lord are full of his glory. 17Even to the angels the Lord has not given the power to tell the full tale of the marvels accomplished by the Lord Almighty, so that the universe may stand firm in his glory. 18He fathoms both the abyss and the human heart, he is versed in their intricacies; for the Most High possesses all knowledge, and the signs of the times are under his eye. 19He discloses both past and future, and lays bare the traces of secret things. 20No thought escapes his notice, and not a single word is hidden from him. 21He has set in order the masterpieces of his wisdom, he who is One from eternity to eternity; nothing is added, nothing taken away, and he needs none to give him counsel. 22How pleasing is all that he has made, even the smallest spark the eye can see! 23His works endure, all of them active for ever and all responsive to their several functions. 24All things go in pairs, one the counterpart of the other; he has made nothing incomplete. 25One thing supplements the virtues of another. Of his glory who can ever see too much?

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