Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,

   wine for those who are in anguish!

7 Let them drink and forget their poverty

   and remember their misery no more.

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

   for the rights of all who are destitute.

9 Speak up and judge fairly;

   defend the rights of the poor and needy.


 How do you use alcohol? To avoid painful thoughts? To dull your anguish and forget your troubles? Temper your consumption with resolve, do not enter the cycle of poverty and misery. Let today be the day you stop putting off the things you ought to do. Don’t let overindulgence rob you of another opportunity.

 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” The best way to handle your troubles is to put them in perspective. Find someone who is worse off than you and help them. Give yourself a higher purpose than your own pleasure. You will find there is joy in lifting others up that can never be found in a bottle. Busy yourself with things worth doing, and you will escape the temptations of monotony.

 “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” If you decide to be courageous, to become a force for good in the lives of others, it is imperative that you judge fairly. Apply this first to yourself. Don’t let your good deeds go to your head. Keep the focus on those you are helping. Judge them fairly as well, being careful not to enable bad behavior and staying realistic with your expectations. Avoid the temptation to judge those you oppose on their behalf too harshly, be humble in your suspicions and generous with your patience.

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