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Ben Sira 26:28 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Dangers to Integrity and Friendship

28 [a]Two things bring grief to my heart,
    and a third arouses my anger:
The wealthy reduced to want,
    the intelligent held in contempt,
And those who pass from righteousness to sin—
    the Lord prepares them for the sword.


  1. 26:28–27:15 From proper conduct in family life, Ben Sira proceeds to social morality, warning especially against injustice in business (26:29–27:3), and perversity of speech in daily life (27:4–7). The pursuit of justice in these matters is all the more meritorious as it is difficult (27:8–10). The discourses of the godly are marked with wisdom, but the conversations of the wicked with offense, swearing, cursing, quarrels, and even bloodshed (27:11–15).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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