Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Lazy hands make for poverty,    but diligent hands bring wealth. 5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.    The activity of your hands today can determine your situation tomorrow. Laziness and diligence both compound as the days go by, little …

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9 One who is slack in his work    is brother to one who destroys.  It is likely that more evil is accomplished in this world through neglect than by malice. How many marriages are wrecked by apathy? How much injustice results from indifference? While more than 400,000 are murdered each year, over 9 million die …

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15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,    and the shiftless go hungry. 16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,    but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.    Sloth begins with laziness, but it ends with hunger. We can all be lazy from time to time, but be careful not to let it become a …

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15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;    he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes    than seven people who answer discreetly.    Laziness is not only a barrier to getting things started, but also to finishing them. The sluggard’s life is …

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18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,    but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. 19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,    but the path of the upright is a highway. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father,    but a foolish man despises his mother.    There is no …

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