Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 2 Rich and poor have this in common:    The Lord is the Maker of them all.    Quality of life and standard of living are not the same thing. Wealth determines standard of living, but quality …

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5 A false witness will not go unpunished,    and whoever pours out lies will not go free. 6 Many curry favor with a ruler,    and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts. 7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives—    how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue …

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15 “The leech has two daughters.    ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied,    four that never say, ‘Enough!’: 16 the grave, the barren womb,    land, which is never satisfied with water,    and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’    The leech has an insatiable appetite, which it has passed on to …

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15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,    do not plunder their dwelling place; 16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,    but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.    Envy is a waste of time, our most precious resource. It is much better to invest your …

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9 The generous will themselves be blessed,    for they share their food with the poor.    It is a blessing to be protected from greed and envy, to be content with the things you have. This is what generosity offers: freedom from the anxieties of comparison and consumption. There is a great spiritual danger in …

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