Bible Book List

Sirach 32:1-13 Good News Translation (GNT)

32 If you are chosen to preside at a banquet, don't put on airs. Just be like everyone else. Look after the guests before you sit down. After you have performed your duties, you can sit down and enjoy yourself with the others. They will respect you for doing a good job.

If you are older than most of the guests, you may talk; that is your right. But you should know what you are talking about and not interrupt the music. If entertainment is being provided, don't keep up a steady conversation; it's the wrong time to show off your wit. Music at a banquet where wine is served is like a ruby set in gold. Good music and good wine—an emerald set in gold.

If you are young, don't speak unless you have to, but never more than twice, and only if someone speaks to you first. Come to the point and say it all in a few words. Show that you are well-informed, but stay quiet. Don't treat important people as if you were their equal and don't make a nuisance of yourself by asking them a lot of questions.[a] 10 The reputation of a modest person goes before him, as lightning before thunder.

11 Leave the party at the right time and never be the last to go. Don't linger at the door; just go straight home. 12 There you can enjoy yourself as you wish, but don't commit the sin of bragging. 13 And don't forget to thank your Creator for letting you enjoy so many good things.


  1. Sirach 32:9 Hebrew make...questions; Greek keep talking when someone else is speaking.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Ben Sira 32:1-13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 32

If you are chosen to preside at a dinner, do not be puffed up,
    but with the guests be as one of them;
Take care of them first and then sit down;
    see to their needs, and then take your place,
To share in their joy
    and receive a wreath for a job well done.
You who are older, it is your right to speak,
    but temper your knowledge and do not interrupt the singing.
Where there is entertainment, do not pour out discourse,
    and do not display your wisdom at the wrong time.
Like a seal of carnelian in a setting of gold:
    a concert of music at a banquet of wine.
A seal of emerald in a work of gold:
    the melody of music with delicious wine.
Speak, young man, only when necessary,
    when they have asked you more than once.
Be brief, say much in few words;
    be knowledgeable and yet quiet.
When among elders do not be forward,
    and with officials do not be too insistent.
10 The lightning that flashes before a hailstorm:
    the esteem that shines on modesty.
11 Leave in good time and do not be the last;
    go home quickly without delay.
12 There enjoy doing as you wish,
    but do not sin through words of pride.
13 Above all, bless your Maker,
    who showers his favors upon you.

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Sirach 32:1-13 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition (NRSVACE)

Etiquette at a Banquet

32 If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself;
    be among them as one of their number.
Take care of them first and then sit down;
    when you have fulfilled all your duties, take your place,
so that you may be merry along with them
    and receive a garland for your excellent leadership.

Speak, you who are older, for it is your right,
    but with accurate knowledge, and do not interrupt the music.
Where there is entertainment, do not pour out talk;
    do not display your cleverness at the wrong time.
A ruby seal in a setting of gold
    is a concert of music at a banquet of wine.
A seal of emerald in a rich setting of gold
    is the melody of music with good wine.

Speak, you who are young, if you are obliged to,
    but no more than twice, and only if asked.
Be brief; say much in few words;
    be as one who knows and can still hold his tongue.
Among the great do not act as their equal;
    and when another is speaking, do not babble.

10 Lightning travels ahead of the thunder,
    and approval goes before one who is modest.
11 Leave in good time and do not be the last;
    go home quickly and do not linger.
12 Amuse yourself there to your heart’s content,
    but do not sin through proud speech.
13 But above all bless your Maker,
    who fills you with his good gifts.

New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition (NRSVACE)

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, 1995 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.

Viewing of
Cross references