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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4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;    a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.    The wicked are ignorant of where their paths lead. They pursue sex, money and power without restraint, and hold the …

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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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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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8 A person is praised according to their prudence,    and one with a warped mind is despised. 9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant    than pretend to be somebody and have no food.    The prudent person factors future outcomes into present decisions. He is always thinking ahead, carefully choosing the …

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