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

Avert your eyes from a shapely woman;
    do not gaze upon beauty that is not yours;
Through woman’s beauty many have been ruined,
    for love of it burns like fire.
Never recline at table with a married woman,
    or drink intoxicants with her,
Lest your heart be drawn to her
    and you go down in blood[a] to the grave.


  1. 9:9 In blood: perhaps refers to blood revenge; cf. Lv 20:10.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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