Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,    she raises her voice in the public square; 21 on top of the wall she cries out,    at the city gate she makes her speech: 22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?    How long will mockers delight in mockery    and fools hate …

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16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,    from the wayward woman with her seductive words, 17 who has left the partner of her youth    and ignored the covenant she made before God.    Wisdom enables improvement, but it also affords protection. Two dangers are highlighted in this chapter: “the ways of wicked …

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19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,    by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,    and the clouds let drop the dew.    Wisdom is far more than a means of navigating through life, it is the agency by which the universe was established. …

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18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,    shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;    they do not know what makes them stumble.    With discipline comes insight, with obedience comes understanding. This is the path of the righteous, …

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[20 My son, keep your father’s command    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching…] 22 When you walk, they will guide you;    when you sleep, they will watch over you;    when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For this command is a lamp,    this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction    are …

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18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;    let’s enjoy ourselves with love! 19 My husband is not at home;    he has gone on a long journey. 20 He took his purse filled with money    and will not be home till full moon.”    Now that she has brought down the senseless youth’s defenses, …

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