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Ben Sira 3:17-18 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)


17 My son, conduct your affairs with humility,
    and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
18 Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
    and you will find mercy in the sight of God.[b]


  1. 3:17–24 Humility gives you a true estimate of yourself (vv. 17–20; cf. 10:28), so that you will do what should be done, and avoid what is beyond your understanding and strength (vv. 21–23). Intellectual pride, however, leads you astray (v. 24). Ben Sira is perhaps warning his students against the perils of Greek philosophy.
  2. 3:18

    Other ancient texts read as v. 19:

    Many are lofty and famous,

    but to the humble he reveals his plan.

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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