Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,    for they refuse to do what is right. 8 The way of the guilty is devious,    but the conduct of the innocent is upright.  Violence tends to escalate. While it is an easy thing to get into, it is very difficult to get out of.  …

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9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,    but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out. 10 Where there is strife, there is pride,    but wisdom is found in those who take advice.    The light of the righteous is like daylight; illuminating both good and bad, enabling some things to grow and others …

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17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;    those who guard their ways preserve their lives. 18 Pride goes before destruction,    a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed    than to share plunder with the proud.    The upright avoid short term distractions on their way …

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14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;    so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—    the Lord detests them both.    What good comes from arguing? Even if you are right, it is a foolish thing to do. Disputes tend to escalate quickly, as …

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20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,    but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. 21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,    but those who are righteous will go free.    If we find ourselves perplexed by the Lord’s personality, it is a confirmation of his authenticity. No …

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