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Ben Sira 5:8-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Do not rely on deceitful wealth,
    for it will be no help on the day of wrath.

Use and Abuse of the Tongue[a]

Do not winnow in every wind,
    nor walk in every path.[b]


  1. 5:9–6:1 Proper use of the tongue requires constancy in speech (v. 10), prudence (vv. 11–12), good judgment (v. 13), charity (5:15; 6:1); detraction, calumny (v. 14), and double-talk bring shame and disgrace (5:14; 6:1).
  2. 5:9 The metaphors indicate careless behavior.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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