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Ecclesiasticus (Chapter 6, selected verses)
Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter;
whoever finds one finds a treasure.
Faithful friends are beyond price,
no amount can balance their worth.
Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
those who fear God will find them.
Those who fear the Lord enjoy stable friendship,
for as they are, so will their neighbors be.
My child, from your youth choose discipline.
and when you have gray hair you will find wisdom.
As though plowing and sowing, draw close to her;
then wait for her bountiful crops.
For in cultivating her you will work but little,
and soon you will eat her fruit.
She is rough ground to the fool!
The stupid cannot abide her.
She will be like a burdensome stone to them,
and they will not delay in casting her aside.
For discipline is like her name,
she is not accessible to many.
Listen, my child, and take my advice;
do not refuse my counsel.
Put your feet into her fetters,
and your neck under her yoke.
Bend your shoulders and carry her
and do not be irked at her bonds.
With all your soul draw close to her;
and with all your strength keep her ways.
Inquire and search, seek and find;
when you get hold of her, do not let her go.
Thus at last you will find rest in her,
and she will become your joy.
Her fetters will be a place of strength;
her snare, a robe of spun gold.
Her yoke will be a gold ornament;
her bonds, a purple cord.
You will wear her as a robe of glory,
and bear her as a splendid crown.