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Sirach 7:27-36 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

27 With all your heart honor your father,
    and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother.
28 Remember that it was of your parents[a] you were born;
    how can you repay what they have given to you?

29 With all your soul fear the Lord,
    and revere his priests.
30 With all your might love your Maker,
    and do not neglect his ministers.
31 Fear the Lord and honor the priest,
    and give him his portion, as you have been commanded:
the first fruits, the guilt offering, the gift of the shoulders,
    the sacrifice of sanctification, and the first fruits of the holy things.

32 Stretch out your hand to the poor,
    so that your blessing may be complete.
33 Give graciously to all the living;
    do not withhold kindness even from the dead.
34 Do not avoid those who weep,
    but mourn with those who mourn.
35 Do not hesitate to visit the sick,
    because for such deeds you will be loved.
36 In all you do, remember the end of your life,
    and then you will never sin.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 7:28 Gk them
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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