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Sirach 27:4–7

When a sieve is shaken, the refuse remains;

so a man’s filth remains in his thoughts.

The kiln tests the potter’s vessels;

so the test of a man is in his reasoning.

The fruit discloses the cultivation of a tree;

so the expression of a thought discloses the cultivation of a man’s mind.

Do not praise a man before you hear him reason,

for this is the test of men.

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