Sirach 10:7, 12-13, 15-16
Odious to the Lord and to mortals is pride,
and for both oppression is acrime.
The beginning of pride isstubbornness
in withdrawing the heart from one’s Maker.
For sin is a reservoir of insolence,
a source which runsover with vice;
and plants the lowly intheir place.
The Lord layswaste the lands of the nations,
and destroys them to the very foundations of the earth.