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Ben Sira 20:18-20 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

18 A slip on the floor is better than a slip of the tongue;[a]
    in like manner the downfall of the wicked comes quickly.
19 A coarse person, an untimely story;
    the ignorant are always ready to offer it.
20 A proverb spoken by a fool is unwelcome,
    for he does not tell it at the proper time.


  1. 20:18–26 The ill-timed speech brings disaster (vv. 18–20); human respect may lead to rash promises and enmity (vv. 22–23); lies bring dishonor and lasting disgrace (vv. 24–26).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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