The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 34:27–31

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27  He who sheds blood, and he who cheats the hired hand out of his wages, are brothers.

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28  When one builds and another destroys, what benefit do they have from their labor?

Sir34:Sir31:23  When one buildeth, and another pulleth down, what profit have they then but labour?

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29  When one prays and another curses, whose voice will God heed?

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30  He who washes himself after touching the dead, and then touches him again, what was the benefit of his washing?

Sir34:Sir31:25  He that washeth himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touch it again, what availeth his washing?

31  Similarly, a man who fasts for his sins, and then does the same again, what was the benefit of his humbling himself? Who will heed his prayer?

Sir34:Sir31:26  So is it with a man that fasteth for his sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same: who will hear his prayer? or what doth his humbling profit him?