Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

3 The integrity of the upright guides them,    but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. 4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,    but righteousness delivers from death.    What does it look like to be guided by integrity? The person of integrity is steadfast in any circumstance, whether facing danger or experiencing …

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3 By wisdom a house is built,    and through understanding it is established; 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled    with rare and beautiful treasures.    Practically speaking, wisdom is competence – the ability to bring order out of the chaos of life. A person may set out to build a house, a family, a …

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4 Remove the dross from the silver,    and a silversmith can produce a vessel; 5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,    and his throne will be established through righteousness.    The silversmith has a purpose in mind. He subjects the silver ore to fire, melting it, forcing the dross to the surface to be …

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6 Many claim to have unfailing love,    but a faithful person who can find? 7 The righteous lead blameless lives;    blessed are their children after them. 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,    he winnows out all evil with his eyes.    It is much more difficult to honor a commitment than …

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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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16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,    but the righteous will see their downfall. 17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;    they will bring you the delights you desire.    Evil is cyclical. In times of increasing wickedness, despair tempts us to doubt things will ever get better. We must counter …

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20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,    but those who promote peace have joy. 21 No harm overtakes the righteous,    but the wicked have their fill of trouble.    Happiness begins in the heart. Standard of living may be determined by what a person has on the outside, but quality of …

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