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Ben Sira 27:4-7 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear;
    so do people’s faults when they speak.[a]
The furnace tests the potter’s vessels;
    the test of a person is in conversation.
The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had;
    so speech discloses the bent of a person’s heart.
Praise no one before he speaks,
    for it is then that people are tested.


  1. 27:4–7, 11–15 The importance of effective speech is a favorite wisdom topic; e.g., cf. 20:1–8, 18–20; 22:27–23:15.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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