Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 2 Rich and poor have this in common:    The Lord is the Maker of them all.    Quality of life and standard of living are not the same thing. Wealth determines standard of living, but quality …

Continue reading

3 A ruler who oppresses the poor    is like a driving rain that leaves no crops. 4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,    but those who heed it resist them. 5 Evildoers do not understand what is right,    but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.    The poor may not have much, …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless    than the rich whose ways are perverse. 7 A discerning son heeds instruction,    but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.    The rich man may have many advantages for the time being, but the poor man has the only advantage that matters. His walk is blameless, …

Continue reading

12 If a ruler listens to lies,    all his officials become wicked. 13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:    The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.    If wickedness is a contagion, lies are its first symptom. Small deceptions grow into treachery, flattery leads to betrayal. There is much more …

Continue reading