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7for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it;

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7. For—confirming the reasonableness of "contentment."

and it is certainVulgate and other old versions support this reading. The oldest manuscripts, however, omit "and it is certain"; then the translation will be, "We brought nothing into the world (to teach us to remember) that neither can we carry anything out" (Job 1:21; Ec 5:15). Therefore, we should have no gain-seeking anxiety, the breeder of discontent (Mt 6:25).




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