Selected Sunday Scriptures- #128

Today’s first passages comes from the book of Sirach. I was inspired to use it thanks to this comment by Gunner Q about how daughters should be viewed as a potential liability. He is not the first to make this observation:

A daughter keeps her father secretly wakeful,
    and worry over her robs him of sleep;
when she is young, lest she do not marry,
    or if married, lest she be hated;
10 while a virgin, lest she be defiled
    or become pregnant in her father’s house;
or having a husband, lest she prove unfaithful,
    or, though married, lest she be barren.
11 Keep strict watch over a headstrong daughter,
    lest she make you a laughingstock to your enemies,
a byword in the city and notorious among the people,
    and put you to shame before the great multitude.

(Sirach 42:9-11)

An exchange started to develop in my most recent post. Lest it get any worse, I quote from this part of the gospel of Matthew as a refresher course:

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

(Matthew 7:1-5)

Finally, these words of hope in the Lenten season:

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

(2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

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4 responses to “Selected Sunday Scriptures- #128

  1. DJ

    That’s how daughters have generally been viewed throughout history. Thats also why sex selective abortions and post natal abandonment happens more often with girls especially in places like China and India. Funny thing those places are now experiencing a shortage of potential wives. I wonder if they could be connected.
    To be frank it’s a dangerous mental attitude to consider any human being a liability. Makes it to easy to remove them totally from the spreadsheet of those who deserve to live.

  2. “To be frank it’s a dangerous mental attitude to consider any human being a liability. Makes it to easy to remove them totally from the spreadsheet of those who deserve to live.”

    Not like that. Liability as in “quickly depreciating asset” not “useless food-eater”. Daddy is giving up a daughter he can’t keep forever in return for a new son of his choosing. Daughter gets a decent husband and SIL gets sex. Everybody wins. Then Daddy invests in and supports his new son not just to see him succeed, but so his daughter doesn’t boomerang back home post-frivorce. Again, everybody wins.

    The only hard part is seeing the promise in that pencil-necked nerd with unruly hair.

  3. MK

    or, though married, lest she be barren.

    Had a chuckle at this one. Today, it’s a daughter’s fertility that is the liability! First for the father, then for the SIL. I just never hear potential husbands complaining about that part of the marriage equation. Old Sirach needs to catch up with the times…

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