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Sirach 7:4-14 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Do not seek from the Lord the highest office,
    nor the seat of honor from the king.
Do not assert your righteousness before the Lord,
    nor display your wisdom before the king.
Do not seek to become a judge,
    lest you be unable to remove iniquity,
lest you be partial to a powerful man,
    and thus put a blot on your integrity.
Do not offend against the public,
    and do not disgrace yourself among the people.

Do not commit a sin twice;
    even for one you will not go unpunished.
Do not say, “He will consider the multitude of my gifts,
    and when I make an offering to the Most High God he will accept it.”
10 Do not be fainthearted in your prayer,
    nor neglect to give alms.

11 Do not ridicule a man who is bitter in soul,
    for there is One who abases and exalts.
12 Do not devise[a] a lie against your brother,
    nor do the like to a friend.
13 Refuse to utter any lie,
    for the habit of lying serves no good.
14 Do not prattle in the assembly of the elders,
    nor repeat yourself in your prayer.

Footnotes:

  1. Sirach 7:12 Heb: Gk plow
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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