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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 34

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Trust in the Lord and Not in Dreams*

Empty and false are the hopes of the senseless, and fools are borne aloft by dreams. 2Like a man who catches at shadows or chases the wind, is the one who believes in dreams. 3What is seen in dreams is to reality what the reflection of a face is to the face itself. 4Can the unclean produce the clean? can the liar ever speak the truth? m Jb 14, 4 . 5Divination, omens and dreams all are unreal; what you already expect, the mind depicts. 6Unless it be a vision specially sent by the Most High, fix not your heart on it; 7For dreams have led many astray, and those who believed in them have perished. 8The law is fulfilled without fail, and perfect wisdom is found in the mouth of the faithful man. 9A man with training gains wide knowledge; a man of experience speaks sense. 10One never put to the proof knows little, whereas with travel a man adds to his resourcefulness. 11I have seen much in my travels, learned more than ever I could say. 12Often I was in danger of death, but by these attainments I was saved.

13Lively is the courage of those who fear the LORD, for they put their hope in their savior; 14He who fears the LORD is never alarmed, never afraid; for the LORD is his hope. n Pss 23, 4; 112, 7f; Prv 3, 23ff; 28, 1 . 15Happy the soul that fears the LORD! In whom does he trust, and who is his support? 16The eyes of the LORD are upon those who love him; he is their mighty shield and strong support, A shelter from the heat, a shade from the noonday sun, a guard against stumbling, a help against falling. o Pss 33, 18; 34, 16 . 17He buoys up the spirits, brings a sparkle to the eyes, gives health and life and blessing.

True Worship of God*

18Tainted his gifts who offers in sacrifice ill-gotten goods! Mock presents from the lawless win not God’s favor. p Sir 35, 11; Prv 21, 27 . 19The Most High approves not the gifts of the godless, nor for their many sacrifices does he forgive their sins. 20Like the man who slays a son in his father’s presence is he who offers sacrifice from the possessions of the poor. 21The bread of charity is life itself for the needy; q 21f: Lv 19, 13; Dt 24, 14f; Tb 4, 14 . he who withholds it is a man of blood. 22He slays his neighbor who deprives him of his living; he sheds blood who denies the laborer his wages. 23If one man builds up and another tears down, what do they gain but trouble? 24If one man prays and another curses, whose voice will the LORD hear? 25If a man again touches a corpse after he has bathed, what did he gain by the purification? r Nm 19, 11f; Prv 26, 11; 2 Pt 2, 22 . 26So with a man who fasts for his sins, but then goes and commits them again: Who will hear his prayer, and what has he gained by his mortification?

Notes:

m: Jb 14, 4 .

n: Pss 23, 4; 112, 7f; Prv 3, 23ff; 28, 1 .

o: Pss 33, 18; 34, 16 .

p: Sir 35, 11; Prv 21, 27 .

q: 21f: Lv 19, 13; Dt 24, 14f; Tb 4, 14 .

r: Nm 19, 11f; Prv 26, 11; 2 Pt 2, 22 .

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