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Sirach 35: 1-12

The Law and Sacrifices

35One who keeps the law makes many offerings;
2   one who heeds the commandments makes an offering of well-being.
3 One who returns a kindness offers choice flour,
4   and one who gives alms sacrifices a thank-offering.
5 To keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord,
   and to forsake unrighteousness is an atonement.
6 Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed,
7   for all that you offer is in fulfilment of the commandment.
8 The offering of the righteous enriches the altar,
   and its pleasing odour rises before the Most High.
9 The sacrifice of the righteous is acceptable,
   and it will never be forgotten.
10 Be generous when you worship the Lord,
   and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.
11 With every gift show a cheerful face,
   and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
12 Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
   and as generously as you can afford.


James 4: 1-10

Friendship with the World

4Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet* something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 4Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God* yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’? 6But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
‘God opposes the proud,
   but gives grace to the humble.’
7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.


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