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Ben Sira 35:1-5 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 35[a]

To keep the law is to make many offerings;
    whoever observes the commandments sacrifices a peace offering.
By works of charity one offers fine flour,[b]
    and one who gives alms presents a sacrifice of praise.
To refrain from evil pleases the Lord,
    and to avoid injustice is atonement.


  1. 35:1–26 Keeping the commandments of the law and avoiding injustice constitute sacrifice pleasing and acceptable to God (vv. 1–5). Offerings also should be made to him, cheerfully and generously; these he repays sevenfold (vv. 6–13). Extortion from widows and orphans is injustice, and God will hear their cries (vv. 14–22a). Punishing the proud and the merciless and coming to the aid of the distressed, he requites everyone according to their deeds (vv. 22b–26).
  2. 35:3 Fine flour, together with oil and frankincense, was a prescribed offering to God; cf. Lv 2:1–3.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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