1 A Canticle in steps. Blessed are all those who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.
2 For you will eat by the labors of your hands. Blessed are you, and it will be well with you.
3 Your wife is like an abundant vine on the sides of your house. Your sons are like young olive trees surrounding your table.
4 Behold, so will the man be blessed who fears the Lord.
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion, and may you see the good things of Jerusalem, all the days of your life.
6 And may you see the sons of your sons. Peace be upon Israel.
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
2 Sons, listen to the judgment of your father, and act accordingly, so that you may be saved.
3 For God has honored the father in the sons, and, when seeking the judgment of the mother, he has confirmed it in the children.
4 He who loves God will plead with him on behalf of sins, and will keep himself away from sin, and will be heeded in the prayers of his days.
5 And, like one who stores up treasure, so also is he who honors his mother.
6 He who honors his father will find happiness in his own children, and he will be heeded in the day of his prayer.
12 Do not boast in the disgrace of your father; for his shame is not your glory.
13 For the glory of a man is from the honor of his father, and a father without honor is a discredit to the son.
14 Son, support your father in his old age, and do not grieve him in his life.
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