Chapter 2 1 My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation.2 Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble.3 Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end.4 Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate.5 For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.6 Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him.7 Ye that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall.8 Ye that fear the Lord, believe him; and your reward shall not fail.9 Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy.10 Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? or whom did he ever despise, that called upon him?11 For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy, longsuffering, and very pitiful, and forgiveth sins, and saveth in time of affliction.12 Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways!13 Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended.14 Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you?15 They that fear the Lord will not disobey his Word; and they that love him will keep his ways.16 They that fear the Lord will seek that which is well, pleasing unto him; and they that love him shall be filled with the law.17 They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and humble their souls in his sight,18 Saying, We will fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men: for as his majesty is, so is his mercy.
Chapter 3 1 Hear me your father, O children, and do thereafter, that ye may be safe.2 For the Lord hath given the father honour over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.3 Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins:4 And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure.5 Whoso honoureth his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall be heard.6 He that honoureth his father shall have a long life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord shall be a comfort to his mother.7 He that feareth the Lord will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters.8 Honour thy father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon thee from them.9 For the blessing of the father establisheth the houses of children; but the curse of the mother rooteth out foundations.10 Glory not in the dishonour of thy father; for thy father's dishonour is no glory unto thee.11 For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonour is a reproach to the children.12 My son, help thy father in his age, and grieve him not as long as he liveth.13 And if his understanding fail, have patience with him; and despise him not when thou art in thy full strength.14 For the relieving of thy father shall not be forgotten: and instead of sins it shall be added to build thee up.15 In the day of thine affliction it shall be remembered; thy sins also shall melt away, as the ice in the fair warm weather.16 He that forsaketh his father is as a blasphemer; and he that angereth his mother is cursed: of God.17 My son, go on with thy business in meekness; so shalt thou be beloved of him that is approved.