Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, Yet their heart rages against the Lord. 4 Wealth attracts many friends, But even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.  The simple follow the world’s advice, which leads to disillusionment. The fool takes this one step further. While the simple believes his main …

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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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9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,    and the pleasantness of a friend    springs from their heartfelt advice. 10 Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family,    and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you—    better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away. 11 Be …

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15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping    of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; 16 restraining her is like restraining the wind    or grasping oil with the hand. 17 As iron sharpens iron,    so one person sharpens another.    Nagging has the same effect as a leaky roof; drip by drip it causes damage …

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18 Plans are established by seeking advice;    so if you wage war, obtain guidance. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence;    so avoid anyone who talks too much. 20 If someone curses their father or mother,    their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.    Those who want their plans to succeed ought to base …

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