Neither to son nor wife, brother nor friend,
Give power over yourself during your own lifetime.
And do not give your property to anyone else,
In case you regret it and have to ask for it back.
As long as you live and there is breath in your body,
Do not yield power over yourself to anyone;
Since it is better for your children to be your supplicants,
Than for you to have to look to the generosity of your sons.
In all you do be the master,
And do not spoil the honour that is rightly yours,
The day your life draws to a close,
When death is approaching;
That is the time to distribute your inheritance.
Ecclesiasticus 33: 20-24