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First Reading for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Sirach 27:4-7

Summary: Speech reveals faults and true character. Just as a tree’s fruit shows its care, words show thoughts. Do not praise someone before hearing them speak.

The Test of Speech

When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear; so do one’s faults when one speaks.

As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just.

The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had; so too does one’s speech disclose the bent of one’s mind.

Praise no one before he speaks, for it is then that people are tested.

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