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Ben Sira 8:18-19 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

18 Before a stranger do nothing that should be kept secret,
    for you do not know what it will produce later on.[a]
19 Open your heart to no one,
    do not banish your happiness.


  1. 8:18 To keep a secret, or a confidence, is a major concern of Ben Sira; cf. 1:30; 22:22; 27:16–21; 37:10; 42:1.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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