Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;    do not trust your own cleverness. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,    for they will surely sprout wings    and fly off to the sky like an eagle.  Two foolish ways to pursue wealth are given here, overworking and taking shortcuts. The …

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4 By justice a king gives a country stability,    but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down. 5 Those who flatter their neighbors    are spreading nets for their feet. 6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin,    but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.    Lady justice ought to be blindfolded. …

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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 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 bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;    they think success will come at every turn. 9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,    but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.   Corruption and greed are self perpetuating. The one who bribes successfully expects the same results …

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8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,    and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.    Just as weeds choke out a garden’s productivity, injustice keeps a life from flourishing. Nobody intentionally plants weeds in their own garden, but many fools go around sabotaging themselves. Injustice may begin small, a little bending of the …

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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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