Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

1 The wicked flee though no one pursues,    but the righteous are as bold as a lion. 2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,    but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.  The wicked may deny morality, but that does keep them from the consequences of violating it. If their behavior …

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3 A ruler who oppresses the poor    is like a driving rain that leaves no crops. 4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,    but those who heed it resist them. 5 Evildoers do not understand what is right,    but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.    The poor may not have much, …

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6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless    than the rich whose ways are perverse. 7 A discerning son heeds instruction,    but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.    The rich man may have many advantages for the time being, but the poor man has the only advantage that matters. His walk is blameless, …

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8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor    amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor. 9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,    even their prayers are detestable. 10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path    will fall into their own trap,    but the …

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13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,    but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,    but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.    It takes a lot of effort to conceal sin, and as lies and excuses accumulate so does the …

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15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear    is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. 16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,    but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.    The wicked ruler is hostile towards his own people, whose main motivation is fear. This keeps them in a constant …

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