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12 The beginning of man’s pride is to depart from the Lord;
    his heart has forsaken his Maker.
13 For the beginning of pride is sin,
    and the man who clings to it pours out abominations.
Therefore the Lord brought upon them extraordinary afflictions,
    and destroyed them utterly.
14 The Lord has cast down the thrones of rulers,
    and has seated the lowly in their place.
15 The Lord has plucked up the roots of the nations,[a]
    and has planted the humble in their place.
16 The Lord has overthrown the lands of the nations,
    and has destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
17 He has removed some of them and destroyed them,
    and has extinguished the memory of them from the earth.
18 Pride was not created for men,
    nor fierce anger for those born of women.

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  1. Sirach 10:15 Some authorities read proud nations

Rich experience is the crown of the aged,
    and their boast is the fear of the Lord.

With nine thoughts I have gladdened my heart,
    and a tenth I shall tell with my tongue:
a man rejoicing in his children;
    a man who lives to see the downfall of his foes;

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