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Sirach 35:12-17 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Divine Justice

12 Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it;
    and do not trust to an unrighteous sacrifice;
for the Lord is the judge,
    and with him is no partiality.
13 He will not show partiality in the case of a poor man;
    and he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged.
14 He will not ignore the supplication of the fatherless,
    nor the widow when she pours out her story.
15 Do not the tears of the widow run down her cheek
    as she cries out against him who has caused them to fall?
16 He whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted,
    and his prayer will reach to the clouds.
17 The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds,
    and he will not be consoled until it reaches the Lord;[a]
he will not desist until the Most High visits him,
    and does justice for the righteous, and executes judgment.


  1. Sirach 35:17 Or until the Lord draws near
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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