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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20 My son, keep your father’s command    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them always on your heart;    fasten them around your neck.    “Father’s command… mother’s teaching” suggest parental unity and shared responsibility. Each has sought, in their own way, to set their child up for success in life. This they …

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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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20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,    and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning,    and gracious words promote instruction. 22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,    but folly brings punishment to fools.    Sometimes instructions don’t make sense until you apply …

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27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,    when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,    when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;    they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge    and did not choose to fear …

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