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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[12 A troublemaker and a villain,    who goes about with a corrupt mouth, 13 who winks maliciously with his eye,    signals with his feet    and motions with his fingers,] 14  who plots evil with deceit in his heart—    he always stirs up conflict. 15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;    he will suddenly …

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9 One who is slack in his work    is brother to one who destroys.  It is likely that more evil is accomplished in this world through neglect than by malice. How many marriages are wrecked by apathy? How much injustice results from indifference? While more than 400,000 are murdered each year, over 9 million die …

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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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