20 Their iniquities are not hidden from him,
and all their sins are before the Lord.[a]
22 One’s almsgiving is like a signet ring with the Lord,[b]
and he will keep a person’s kindness like the apple of his eye.[c]
23 Afterward, he will rise up and repay them,
and he will bring their recompense on their heads.
24 Yet to those who repent he grants a return,
and he encourages those who are losing hope.
Sirach 17:20 Other ancient authorities add as verse 21, But the Lord, who is gracious and knows how they are formed, has neither left them nor abandoned them, but has spared them.
Sirach 17:22 Gk him
Sirach 17:22 Other ancient authorities add apportioning repentance to his sons and daughters
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