Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

3 No one can be established through wickedness,    but the righteous cannot be uprooted. 4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,    but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.    The wicked commit to nothing but their own desires. They go wherever their cravings take them, consuming whatever they can. …

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9 Better to live on a corner of the roof    than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. 10 The wicked crave evil;    their neighbors get no mercy from them. 11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;    by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.    What good is the shelter …

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13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,    and a quarrelsome wife is like    the constant dripping of a leaky roof. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,    but a prudent wife is from the Lord.    It is vital for a father to teach his child wisdom, and curtail their foolishness through discipline. …

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15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping    of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; 16 restraining her is like restraining the wind    or grasping oil with the hand. 17 As iron sharpens iron,    so one person sharpens another.    Nagging has the same effect as a leaky roof; drip by drip it causes damage …

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18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,    and the unfaithful for the upright. 19 Better to live in a desert    than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.    Though the wicked seek the enslavement and destruction of the righteous, it is often they who pay the price of their schemes (cf 11:8). The …

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