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Ecclesiastes 10:17-19 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

17 Happy are you, O land, whose king is of noble birth,
    and whose princes dine at the right time—
    for vigor[a] and not in drinking bouts.
18 Because of laziness, the rafters sag;
    when hands are slack, the house leaks.
19 A feast is made for merriment
    and wine gives joy to the living,
    but money answers[b] for everything.


  1. 10:17 For vigor: or, “with self-control, restraint.”
  2. 10:19 Money answers: a stark reminder that such a life requires money. It could also be an affirmation of the power of wealth: “Money conquers all.”
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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