My Son…

My son, help thy father in his age,
and grieve him not as long as he liveth.
And if his understanding fail, have patience with him;
and despise him not when thou art in thy full strength.
For the relieving of thy father shall not be forgotten:
and instead of sins it shall be added to build thee up.
In the day of thine affliction it shall be remembered;
thy sins also shall melt away, as the ice in the fair warm weather.
-Ecclesiasticus, or,
The Wisdom of Jesus, the Son of Sirach 3:12−15

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