Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor    amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor. 9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,    even their prayers are detestable. 10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path    will fall into their own trap,    but the …

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13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,    but whoever respects a command is rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,    turning a person from the snares of death.    What is the cost of defiance? You may not agree with something you’ve been told to do, but is it …

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15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear    is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. 16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,    but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.    The wicked ruler is hostile towards his own people, whose main motivation is fear. This keeps them in a constant …

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18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. 19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;    though they understand, they will not respond.    If the purpose of a restraint is not revealed, it is likely to be rejected. It is the responsibility of …

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28 A large population is a king’s glory,    but without subjects a prince is ruined. 29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,    but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.    The tyrant seeks glory in domination, and the warlord in conquest; but the wise king glories in the fruitfulness of his subjects. This applies to …

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26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;    he drives the threshing wheel over them. 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord    that sheds light on one’s inmost being.    Here the wise king exemplifies all four of the classical virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. It is not easy to …

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