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Ben Sira 12:8-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

In prosperity we cannot know our friends;[a]
    in adversity an enemy will not remain concealed.
When one is successful even an enemy is friendly;
    but in adversity even a friend disappears.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:8–18 Adversity distinguishes friends from enemies; to trust the latter or permit them intimacy is to invite disaster. Cf. note on 6:5–17.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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Ben Sira 37:1-5 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 37

Every friend declares friendship,
    but there are friends who are friends in name only.
Is it not a sorrow unto death
    when your other self becomes your enemy?
“Alas, my companion! Why were you created
    to fill the earth with deceit?”
A harmful friend will look to your table,
    but in time of trouble he stands aloof.
A good friend will fight with you against the foe,
    and against your enemies he will hold up your shield.

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Proverbs 19:4 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Wealth adds many friends,
    but the poor are left friendless.

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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