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Ben Sira 29:1-5 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 29

Loans, Alms and Surety[a]

The merciful lend to their neighbor,
    by holding out a helping hand, they keep the commandments.
Lend to your neighbor in his time of need,
    and pay back your neighbor in time.
Keep your promise and be honest with him,
    and at all times you will find what you need.
Many borrowers ask for a loan
    and cause trouble for those who help them.
Till he gets a loan, he kisses the lender’s hand
    and speaks softly of his creditor’s money,
But at time of payment, delays,
    makes excuses, and finds fault with the timing.


  1. 29:1–20 Some practical maxims concerning the use of wealth. Give to the poor (vv. 8–9), lend to a needy neighbor, but repay when a loan falls due lest the lender’s burden be increased (vv. 1–5) and his kindness abused (vv. 6–7); through charity build up defense against evil (vv. 10–13). Help your neighbor according to your means, but take care not to fall (v. 20), for the shameless play false and bring their protectors and themselves to misfortune and ruin (vv. 14–19).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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