Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Remove the dross from the silver,    and a silversmith can produce a vessel; 5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,    and his throne will be established through righteousness.    The silversmith has a purpose in mind. He subjects the silver ore to fire, melting it, forcing the dross to the surface to be …

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9 In their hearts humans plan their course,    but the Lord establishes their steps. 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,    and his mouth does not betray justice.    The philosopher Epictetus is best known for saying “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react that matters.” Yet nearly one …

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8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;    they think success will come at every turn. 9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,    but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.   Corruption and greed are self perpetuating. The one who bribes successfully expects the same results …

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10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—    how much worse for a slave to rule over princes! 11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;    it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. 12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,    but his favor is like dew on …

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