Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

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 Honor the Lord with your wealth,    with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,    and your vats will brim over with new wine.  What does it look like to honor the Lord with your wealth? These verses are often cited to encourage giving, but we must …

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17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,    and he will reward them for what they have done. 18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;    do not be a willing party to their death. 19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;    rescue them, and you will have to …

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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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16 A gift opens the way    and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. 17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,    until someone comes forward and cross-examines.    In the giving and receiving of gifts, it is important to discern whether expectations are attached. If a person is expecting something …

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23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them,    and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;    she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, …

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22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout    is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. 23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,    but the hope of the wicked only in wrath. 24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;    another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.    Beauty is …

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