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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 22

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On Laziness and Foolishness*

1The sluggard is like a stone in the mud;* everyone hisses at his disgrace. 2The sluggard is like a lump of dung; whoever touches him wipes his hands. 3An unruly child is a disgrace to its father; if it be a daughter, she brings him to poverty. n Prv 17, 21; 19, 13 . 4A thoughtful daughter becomes a treasure to her husband, a shameless one is her father’s grief. 5A hussy shames her father and her husband; by both she is despised. 6Like a song in time of mourning is inopportune talk,* but lashes and discipline are at all times wisdom. 7Teaching a fool is like gluing a broken pot, o 7–11: Prv 23, 9 . or like disturbing a man in the depths of sleep; 8He talks with a slumberer who talks with a fool, for when it is over, he will say, “What was that?” 9Weep over the dead man, for his light has gone out; weep over the fool, for sense has left him. 10Weep but a little over the dead man, for he is at rest; but worse than death is the life of a fool. 11Seven days of mourning for the dead, but for the wicked fool a whole lifetime. p Gn 50, 10 .

12Speak but seldom with the stupid man, be not the companion of a brute; 13Beware of him lest you have trouble and be spattered when he shakes himself; Turn away from him and you will find rest and not be wearied by his lack of sense. 14What is heavier than lead, and what is its name but “Fool”? 15Sand and salt and an iron mass are easier to bear than a stupid man. q Prv 27, 3 .

16Masonry bonded with wooden beams* is not loosened by an earthquake; Neither is a resolve constructed with careful deliberation shaken in a moment of fear. 17A resolve that is backed by prudent understanding is like the polished surface of a smooth wall. 18Small stones lying on an open height will not remain when the wind blows; Neither can a timid resolve based on foolish plans withstand fear of any kind.

The Preservation of Friendship*

19One who jabs the eye brings tears: he who pierces the heart bares its feelings. 20He who throws stones at birds drives them away, and he who insults a friend breaks up the friendship. 21Should you draw a sword against a friend, despair not, it can be undone. 22Should you speak sharply to a friend, fear not, you can be reconciled. But a contemptuous insult, a confidence broken, or a treacherous attack will drive away any friend.

23Make fast friends with a man while he is poor; thus will you enjoy his prosperity with him. In time of trouble remain true to him, so as to share in his inheritance when it comes. 24Before flames burst forth an oven smokes; so does abuse come before bloodshed. 25From a friend in need of support no one need hide in shame; 26But from him who brings harm to his friend all will stand aloof who hear of it.

Prayer*

27Who will set a guard over my mouth, and upon my lips an effective seal, That I may not fail through them, that my tongue may not destroy me? r Ps 141, 3 .

Notes:

n: Prv 17, 21; 19, 13 .

o: 7–11: Prv 23, 9 .

p: Gn 50, 10 .

q: Prv 27, 3 .

r: Ps 141, 3 .

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