Ben Sira 29:1-5 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
Loans, Alms and Surety
1 The merciful lend to their neighbor,
by holding out a helping hand, they keep the commandments.
2 Lend to your neighbor in his time of need,
and pay back your neighbor in time.
3 Keep your promise and be honest with him,
and at all times you will find what you need.
4 Many borrowers ask for a loan
and cause trouble for those who help them.
5 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.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
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