Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Lazy hands make for poverty,    but diligent hands bring wealth. 5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.    The activity of your hands today can determine your situation tomorrow. Laziness and diligence both compound as the days go by, little …

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4 Sluggards do not plow in season;    so at harvest time they look but find nothing. 5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,    but one who has insight draws them out.    The sluggard misses many opportunities. Lacking prudence, he doesn’t realize the potential of today’s efforts to yield a harvest in …

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4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—    the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit    as surely as haste leads to poverty. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue    is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.    Haughtiness and pride are defects of character, which …

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4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;    do not trust your own cleverness. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,    for they will surely sprout wings    and fly off to the sky like an eagle.  Two foolish ways to pursue wealth are given here, overworking and taking shortcuts. The …

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