Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;    a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.    The wicked are ignorant of where their paths lead. They pursue sex, money and power without restraint, and hold the …

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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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6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,    and parents are the pride of their children. 7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—    how much worse lying lips to a ruler!    Good parents spend years making sacrifices on behalf of their children, who don’t fully understand what their parents have done …

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17 An honest witness tells the truth,    but a false witness tells lies. 18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,    but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever,    but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.    How important is credibility? Whatever the false witness hopes to gain, …

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