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My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, and do not be impetuous in time of adversity. Cling to him, do not leave him, that you may prosper in your last days. Accept whatever happens to you; in periods of humiliation be patient. For in fire gold is tested, and chosen, in the crucible of humiliation. Trust in God, and he will help you; make your ways straight and hope in him.
Ben Sira 2:1-6