Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

17 I love those who love me,    and those who seek me find me. 18 With me are riches and honor,    enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold;    what I yield surpasses choice silver.    Wisdom continues her speech. “I love those who love me,” she says, distinguishing herself from …

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18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips    and spreads slander is a fool.    Hatred is a powerful force, but that does not render it immoral. Wisdom herself, as personified in chapter 8, “hate[s] pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”  The question here is not whether we ought to hate, but rather what …

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15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,    but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe. 16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,    but ruthless men gain only wealth. 17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,    but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.    It is a risky thing to underwrite …

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15 The way of fools seems right to them,    but the wise listen to advice. 16 Fools show their annoyance at once,    but the prudent overlook an insult.    Openness to instruction Is an essential part of wisdom. It can be uncomfortable to question your assumptions, but it is painful to have them proven wrong …

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13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,    but whoever respects a command is rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,    turning a person from the snares of death.    What is the cost of defiance? You may not agree with something you’ve been told to do, but is it …

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18 The simple inherit folly,    but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,    and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,    but the rich have many friends. 21 It is a sin to despise one’s …

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