Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

25 Like cold water to a weary soul

   is good news from a distant land.

26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well

   are the righteous who give way to the wicked.


 It may be natural to focus on bad news, both in giving and receiving, but it is not healthy. Here again wisdom urges us to fight our nature, choosing our actions not by feelings but by results. We are told that good news is refreshing to the soul, what does this imply about bad news? When it comes to distant lands we often hear only the bad news – as every day there is a tragedy somewhere. But let us not lose sight of the good, and exercise gratitude, even in the midst of the bad.

 “Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.” We have been told elsewhere that “the righteous are as bold as a lion,” what can be said of righteousness without courage? The muddied spring and polluted well are both rendered useless by their lack of clarity, as are those who seek to compromise with the wicked. As the saying goes: when one sin is allowed in others will follow. We must know our boundaries and boldly defend them, lest the erosion of one give way to the trampling of all.

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