Sirach 16

 1 You should not rejoice in impious children, if they are successful; nor should you take delight in them, if the fear of God is not in them 2 You should not approve of their life, nor should you look with favor on their labors 3 For one child who fears God is better than one thousand impious children 4 And it is better to die without children, than to leave behind impious children 5 By means of one person with understanding, a country will be inhabited. The tribe of the impious will become desolate 6 Many such things my eyes have seen, and greater things than these my ear has heard 7 In the synagogue of sinners, a fire will blaze forth; and amid an unbelieving people, wrath will flare up 8 The giants of antiquity did not obtain pardon for their sins; they were destroyed by trusting in their own abilities 9 And he did not spare the place of Lot’s sojourn, and he abhorred them because of the arrogance of their words 10 He did not take pity on them, destroying an entire people, who even extolled themselves concerning their sins 11 And this was so with six hundred thousand men, who were gathered together in the hardness of their hearts. And if even a single obstinate person had escaped unpunished, it would be a wonder 12 For mercy and wrath are with him. He is powerful in forgiveness, and he pours forth wrath 13 As is his mercy, so also is his correction; he judges a man according to his works 14 The sinner, in his violations, will not escape; but the patience of the One who shows mercy will not be diminished 15 Every mercy will make a place for each man, according to the merit of his works, and according to the understanding of his sojourn 16 You should not say: "I am hidden from God," or, "Who, from on high, will take note of me? 17 or, "Among a great number of people, I will not be noticed. For what is my soul amid such an immense creation? 18 Behold: the heavens, and the heaven of the heavens, the abyss, and the entire earth, and the things that are within these, will be shaken by his gaze 19 together with mountains and hills, and the foundations of the earth. When God casts his gaze upon them, they will be struck with trembling 20 And concerning all these things, the heart is without understanding; but every heart is understood by him 21 And who will understand his ways, or the tempest, which no eye of man will see 22 For many of his works are concealed. But who will announce the works of his justice? Or who will endure them? For the testament is far from some persons, and the examination of each thing is in its end 23 Whoever diminishes the heart, thinks empty thoughts. For the imprudent and erring man thinks up foolishness 24 Listen to me, son, and learn the discipline of understanding, and attend to my words in your heart 25 And I will speak with equity about discipline, and I will strive to announce wisdom. So attend to my words in your heart, and I will speak with equity of spirit, about the virtues that God has set within his works from the beginning, and I will announce his knowledge in truth 26 With the judgment of God, his works have been done from the beginning; and from their institution, he himself distinguished their parts and set their beginnings, in their kinds 27 He has beautified their works unto eternity. They have neither hungered, nor labored, and they have not ceased from their works 28 Neither will any one of them cause anguish to his neighbor, forever 29 You should not be incredulous at his word 30 Afterward, God looked with favor upon the earth, and he filled it with his goodness 31 The soul of every living thing brought word from before his face, and their return again is to him