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Ben Sira 7:1-3 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 7

Conduct Toward God and Neighbor[a]

Do no evil, and evil will not overtake you;[b]
    avoid wickedness, and it will turn away from you.
Do not sow in the furrows of injustice,
    lest you harvest it sevenfold.


  1. 7:1–17 In the conduct of social relations wisdom forbids evil and injustice (vv. 1–3), pride (vv. 5, 15–17), ambition and partiality (vv. 4, 6), public disorder (v. 7), presumption and impatience toward God (vv. 9–10), ridicule (v. 11), mischief and deceit toward one’s neighbor (vv. 8, 12–13). See the several wisdom poems in Prv 1–9.
  2. 7:1 There is a play on “evil” which means both moral wrong and material calamity.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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