Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

1 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes    will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. 2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;    when the wicked rule, the people groan.    Criticism is a form of help, but it is often hard to take. How else can you warn someone of the trouble they are causing themselves? Criticism …

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9 Better to live on a corner of the roof    than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. 10 The wicked crave evil;    their neighbors get no mercy from them. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;    by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.    What good is the shelter …

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12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;    if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.    There is no disadvantage to wisdom, no circumstance which wisdom cannot improve. The rewards of wisdom do not come to those who only have wisdom, but rather to those who are wise. It is through …

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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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15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping    of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; 16 restraining her is like restraining the wind    or grasping oil with the hand. 17 As iron sharpens iron,    so one person sharpens another.    Nagging has the same effect as a leaky roof; drip by drip it causes damage …

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18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. 19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;    though they understand, they will not respond.    If the purpose of a restraint is not revealed, it is likely to be rejected. It is the responsibility of …

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