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1 Whoever fears the Lord will act like this, and whoever grasps the Law will obtain wisdom.

2 She will come to meet him like a mother, and receive him like a virgin bride.

3 She will give him the bread of understanding to eat, and the water of wisdom to drink.

4 He will lean on her and will not fall, he will rely on her and not be put to shame.

5 She will raise him high above his neighbours, and in full assembly she will open his mouth.

6 He will find happiness and a crown of joy, he will inherit an everlasting name.

7 Fools will not gain possession of her, nor will sinners set eyes on her.

8 She stands remote from pride, and liars cannot call her to mind.

9 Praise is unseemly in a sinner's mouth, since it has not been put there by the Lord.

10 For praise should be uttered only in wisdom, and the Lord himself then prompts it.

11 Do not say, 'The Lord was responsible for my sinning,' for he does not do what he hates.

12 Do not say, 'It was he who led me astray,' for he has no use for a sinner.

13 The Lord hates all that is foul, and no one who fears him will love it either.

14 He himself made human beings in the beginning, and then left them free to make their own decisions.

15 If you choose, you will keep the commandments and so be faithful to his will.

16 He has set fire and water before you; put out your hand to whichever you prefer.

17 A human being has life and death before him; whichever he prefers will be given him.

18 For vast is the wisdom of the Lord; he is almighty and all-seeing.

19 His eyes are on those who fear him, he notes every human action.

20 He never commanded anyone to be godless, he has given no one permission to sin.


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The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.

Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated "directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic." The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only "where the text admits to more than one interpretation." Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.

Source: The Very Reverend Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB, MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome), a monk of Ampleforth Abbey and a biblical scholar. He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. "New Jerusalem Bible, Regular Edition", pg. v.

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