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Ben Sira 19:13-17 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

13 Admonish your friend—he may not have done it;
    and if he did, that he may not do it again.
14 Admonish your neighbor—he may not have said it;
    and if he did, that he may not say it again.
15 Admonish your friend—often it may be slander;
    do not believe every story.
16 Then, too, a person can slip and not mean it;
    who has not sinned with his tongue?
17 Admonish your neighbor before you break with him;
    and give due place to the Law of the Most High.[a]


  1. 19:17

    Other ancient texts read as vv. 18–19:

    18Fear of the Lord is the beginning of acceptance;

    and wisdom from him obtains love.

    19Knowledge of the Lord’s commandments is life-giving instruction;

    those who do what pleases him will harvest the fruit of the tree of immortality.

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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