Bible Reading, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – Ecclesiasticus 27:4-7
In a shaken sieve the rubbish is left behind,
so too the defects of a man appear in his talk.
The kiln tests the work of a potter,
the test of a man is in his conversation.
The orchard where the tree grows is judged on the quality of its fruit,
similarly a man’s words betray what he feels.
Do not praise a man before he has spoken,
since this is the test of men.
The word of the Lord.