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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 5

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Against Presumption*

1Rely not on your wealth; say not: “I have the power.” v Lk 12, 19 . 2Rely not on your strength in following the desires of your heart. 3Say not: “Who can prevail against me?” for the LORD will exact the punishment. 4Say not: “I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?” for the LORD bides his time. 5Of forgiveness be not overconfident, adding sin upon sin. 6Say not: “Great is his mercy; my many sins he will forgive.” 7For mercy and anger alike are with him; upon the wicked alights his wrath. 8Delay not your conversion to the LORD, put it not off from day to day; 9For suddenly his wrath flames forth; at the time of vengeance, you will be destroyed. 10Rely not upon deceitful wealth, for it will be no help on the day of wrath. w Prv 10, 2; 11, 4. 28 .

Sincerity in Speech*

11Winnow not in every wind, and start not off in every direction.* 12Be consistent in your thoughts; steadfast be your words.* 13Be swift to hear, but slow to answer. x Prv 29, 20; Jas 1, 19 . 14If you have the knowledge, answer your neighbor; if not, put your hand over your mouth. 15Honor and dishonor through talking! A man’s tongue can be his downfall. 16Be not called a detractor; use not your tongue for calumny; 17For shame has been created for the thief, and the reproach of his neighbor for the double-tongued.

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v: Lk 12, 19 .

w: Prv 10, 2; 11, 4. 28 .

x: Prv 29, 20; Jas 1, 19 .

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