3 Do not dread death's sentence; remember those who came before you and those who will come after.
4 This is the sentence passed on all living creatures by the Lord, so why object to what seems good to the Most High? Whether your life lasts ten or a hundred or a thousand years, its length will not be held against you in Sheol.
5 Hateful brats, such are the children of sinners, who foregather in the haunts of the godless.
9 When you were born, you were born to be accursed, and when you die, that curse will be your portion.
11 Mourning concerns only the bodies of the dead, but the worthless name of sinners will be blotted out.
12 Be careful of your reputation, for it will last you longer than a thousand great hoards of gold.
14 Keep my instructions and be at peace, my children. Wisdom hidden away and treasure undisplayed, what use is either of these?
16 Preserve a sense of shame in the following matters, for not every kind of shame is right to harbour, nor is every situation correctly appraised by all.
19 of sharp practice before your companion and your friend, and of theft before the neighbourhood you live in.
20 Before the truth and covenant of God, be ashamed of leaning elbows on the table,
Reading 1, Sirach 2:1-11: 1 My child, if you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself ... Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40: 3 Put your trust in Yahweh and do ... Gospel, Mark 9:30-37: 30 After leaving that place they made their way through Galilee; and ... continue readingMore Daily Readings
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.