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21 Do not give in to sadness,
    or torment yourself deliberately.(A)
22 Gladness of heart is the very life of a person,
    and cheerfulness prolongs his days.
23 Distract yourself and renew your courage,
    drive resentment far away from you;
For grief has killed many,(B)
    and nothing is to be gained from resentment.
24 Envy and anger shorten one’s days,
    and anxiety brings on premature old age.
25 Those who are cheerful and merry at table
    benefit from their food.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. 30:25(27) Because of the dislocation of the Greek text, the numbering of this verse follows Ziegler’s edition. There are no verses 25–26.

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