Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,    but whoever hates correction is stupid. 2 Good people obtain favor from the Lord,    but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.    There are those whose main concern is looking good, and there are others who focus instead on being good. How does one distinguish between them? Watch …

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3 No one can be established through wickedness,    but the righteous cannot be uprooted. 4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,    but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.    The wicked commit to nothing but their own desires. They go wherever their cravings take them, consuming whatever they can. …

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5 The plans of the righteous are just,    but the advice of the wicked is deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,    but the speech of the upright rescues them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,    but the house of the righteous stands firm.    The righteous …

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8 A person is praised according to their prudence,    and one with a warped mind is despised. 9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant    than pretend to be somebody and have no food.    The prudent person factors future outcomes into present decisions. He is always thinking ahead, carefully choosing the …

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10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,    but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. 11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,    but those who chase fantasies have no sense. 12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers,    but the root of the righteous endures.    The righteous …

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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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