Monday, July 24, 2006

Where did Ecclesiasticus 9:10-13 go?

For our retreat on Mary Magdalene, we used the chapter from Ven Louis of Granada in his Summa of the Christian Life, found here, which contains the following:

O wisdom of God! One of the vilest things in the world is an evil woman, of whom Ecclesiasticus says that she "shall be trodden upon as dung in the way" [Ecclus. 9:10].

OK, for Ecclus 9:10-13, in the Douay-Rheims, translating the Latin Vulgate we find:

9:10. Every woman that is a harlot, shall be trodden upon as dung in the way.

9:11. Many by admiring the beauty of another man's wife, have become reprobate, for her conversation burneth as fire.

9:12. Sit not at all with another man's wife, nor repose upon the bed with her:

9:13. And strive not with her over wine, lest thy heart decline towards her and by thy blood thou fall into destruction.

Your NAB or RSV has verse 9:10ff to match the DR verse 9:14ff

If anyone knows why these specific verses have been removed, I'd like to know!

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