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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 10

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1A wise magistrate lends stability to his people, and the government of a prudent man is well ordered. a Wis 6, 24 . 2As the people’s judge, so are his ministers; b 2f: Prv 29, 12 . as the head of a city, its inhabitants. 3A wanton king destroys his people, but a city grows through the wisdom of its princes. c Prv 29, 4. 8 . 4Sovereignty over the earth is in the hand of God, who raises up on it the man of the hour; 5Sovereignty over every man is in the hand of God, who imparts his majesty to the ruler.

The Sin of Pride*

6No matter the wrong, do no violence to your neighbor, and do not walk the path of arrogance. d Lv 19, 18 . 7Odious to the LORD and to men is arrogance, and the sin of oppression they both hate. 8Dominion is transferred from one people to another because of the violence of the arrogant. 9Why are dust and ashes proud?* even during life man’s body decays; 10A slight illness—the doctor jests, a king today—tomorrow he is dead. 11When a man dies, he inherits corruption; worms and gnats and maggots. e Jb 17, 14 . 12The beginning of pride is man’s stubbornness in withdrawing his heart from his Maker; 13For pride is the reservoir of sin, a source which runs over with vice; Because of it God sends unheard-of afflictions and brings men to utter ruin. f Prv 18, 12 . 14The thrones of the arrogant God overturns and establishes the lowly in their stead. 15The roots of the proud God plucks up, to plant the humble in their place: 16He breaks down their stem to the level of the ground, then digs their roots from the earth. 17The traces of the proud God sweeps away and effaces the memory of them from the earth. 18Insolence is not allotted to a man, nor stubborn anger to one born of woman.

True Glory*

19Whose offspring can be in honor? Those of men. Which offspring are in honor? Those who fear God. Whose offspring can be in disgrace? Those of men. Which offspring are in disgrace? Those who transgress the commandments. 20Among brethren their leader is in honor; he who fears God is in honor among his people. 21Be it tenant or wayfarer, alien or pauper, his glory is the fear of the LORD. 22It is not just to despise a man who is wise but poor, nor proper to honor any sinner. g Jas 2, 1–4 . 23The prince, the ruler, the judge are in honor; but none is greater than he who fears God. 24When free men serve a prudent slave, the wise man does not complain. h Prv 17, 2 . 25Flaunt not your wisdom in managing your affairs, and boast not in your time of need. 26Better the worker who has plenty of everything than the boaster who is without bread. i Prv 12, 9 . 27My son, with humility have self-esteem; prize yourself as you deserve. 28Who will acquit him who condemns himself? who will honor him who discredits himself? 29The poor man is honored for his wisdom as the rich man is honored for his wealth; 30Honored in poverty, how much more so in wealth! Dishonored in wealth, in poverty how much the more!

Notes:

a: Wis 6, 24 .

b: 2f: Prv 29, 12 .

c: Prv 29, 4. 8 .

d: Lv 19, 18 .

e: Jb 17, 14 .

f: Prv 18, 12 .

g: Jas 2, 1–4 .

h: Prv 17, 2 .

i: Prv 12, 9 .

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