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Sirach 31:27-31 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

27 Wine is like life to men,
    if you drink it in moderation.
What is life to a man who is without wine?
    It has been created to make men glad.
28 Wine drunk in season and temperately
    is rejoicing of heart and gladness of soul.
29 Wine drunk to excess is bitterness of soul,
    with provocation and stumbling.
30 Drunkenness increases the anger of a fool to his injury,
    reducing his strength and adding wounds.

31 Do not reprove your neighbor at a banquet of wine,
    and do not despise him in his merrymaking;
speak no word of reproach to him,
    and do not afflict him by making demands of him.

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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