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Sirach 27:4-7 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Tests in Life

When a sieve is shaken, the refuse remains;
    so a man’s filth remains in his thoughts.
The kiln tests the potter’s vessels;
    so the test of a man is in his reasoning.
The fruit discloses the cultivation of a tree;
    so the expression of a thought discloses the cultivation of a man’s mind.
Do not praise a man before you hear him reason,
    for this is the test of men.

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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