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Sirach 3:17-29 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)


17 My child, perform your tasks with humility;[a]
    then you will be loved by those whom God accepts.
18 The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself;
    so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord.[b]
20 For great is the might of the Lord;
    but by the humble he is glorified.
21 Neither seek what is too difficult for you,
    nor investigate what is beyond your power.
22 Reflect upon what you have been commanded,
    for what is hidden is not your concern.
23 Do not meddle in matters that are beyond you,
    for more than you can understand has been shown you.
24 For their conceit has led many astray,
    and wrong opinion has impaired their judgment.

25 Without eyes there is no light;
    without knowledge there is no wisdom.[c]
26 A stubborn mind will fare badly at the end,
    and whoever loves danger will perish in it.
27 A stubborn mind will be burdened by troubles,
    and the sinner adds sin to sins.
28 When calamity befalls the proud, there is no healing,
    for an evil plant has taken root in him.
29 The mind of the intelligent appreciates proverbs,
    and an attentive ear is the desire of the wise.


  1. Sirach 3:17 Heb: Gk meekness
  2. Sirach 3:18 Other ancient authorities add as verse 19, Many are lofty and renowned, but to the humble he reveals his secrets.
  3. Sirach 3:25 Heb: Other ancient authorities lack verse 25
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 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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