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Commentary on Sirach

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12, 1–7 :

The limitations to the practice of charity here reflected were removed by Christ, who requires that good be done even to enemies and to those who hate, persecute and calumniate us (Mt 5, 43–48 ).

12, 3ff :

The author advises against generosity to those who would abuse it.

12, 8–18 :

Through adversity friends are distinguished from enemies; to trust the latter or permit them intimacy is to invite disaster. Cf note on Sir 6, 5–17 .

12, 11 :

Brazen mirror: see note on Ex 38, 8 .

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