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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 8

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Prudence in Dealing with Other Men*

1Contend not with an influential man, lest you fall into his power. 2Quarrel not with a rich man, lest he pay out the price of your downfall; For gold has dazzled many, and perverts the character of princes. r Sir 31, 6; Dt 16, 19 . 3Dispute not with a man of railing speech, heap no wood upon his fire. s Prv 26, 20 . 4Be not too familiar with an unruly man, lest he speak ill of your forebears. 5Shame not a repentant sinner; t 1 Kgs 8, 46; 1 Jn 1, 8 . remember, we all are guilty.* 6Insult no man when he is old, for some of us, too, will grow old. 7Rejoice not when a man dies; remember, we are all to die. 8Spurn not the discourse of the wise, u 8f: Sir 6, 35 . but acquaint yourself with their proverbs; From them you will acquire the training to serve in the presence of princes. 9Reject not the tradition of old men which they have learned from their fathers; From it you will obtain the knowledge how to answer in time of need. 10Kindle not the coals of a sinner, lest you be consumed in his flaming fire. 11Let not the impious man intimidate you; it will set him in ambush against you.* 12Lend not to one more powerful than yourself; and whatever you lend, count it as lost. v Sir 29, 4–7; Prv 17, 18 . 13Go not surety beyond your means; think any pledge a debt you must pay. 14Contend not at law with a judge, for he will settle it according to his whim. 15Travel not with a ruthless man, lest he weigh you down with calamity; For he will go his own way straight, and through his folly you will perish with him. 16Provoke no quarrel with a quick-tempered man nor ride with him through the desert; For bloodshed is nothing to him; when there is no one to help you, he will destroy you. 17Take no counsel with a fool, for he can keep nothing to himself. 18Before a stranger do nothing that should be kept secret, for you know not what it will engender. w Prv 25, 9f . 19Open your heart to no man, and banish not your happiness.

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r: Sir 31, 6; Dt 16, 19 .

s: Prv 26, 20 .

t: 1 Kgs 8, 46; 1 Jn 1, 8 .

u: 8f: Sir 6, 35 .

v: Sir 29, 4–7; Prv 17, 18 .

w: Prv 25, 9f .

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