Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,

   do not plunder their dwelling place;

16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,

   but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

 

 Envy is a waste of time, our most precious resource. It is much better to invest your time in cultivating the life you want, than to spend it waiting for someone else to fall. “Of the seven deadly sins, envy is no fun at all.” Envy poisons a life with resentment “rot[ting] the bones” and perpetuating injustice. Fantasies of plunder never deliver the happiness they promise, but they often consume the resources of those who hold them.

 

 “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” Waiting for the righteous to collapse is a fool’s errand, though they may fall they remain on the path of life. Indeed it is through calamity that their fortitude is revealed, while the spinelessness of the wicked is exposed.

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