Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—    the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit    as surely as haste leads to poverty. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue    is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.    Haughtiness and pride are defects of character, which …

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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, …

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12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—    the Lord has made them both. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;    stay awake and you will have food to spare.  Though we have all been given the ability to perceive, it is up to each of us to listen and discern. What …

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15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,    but poverty is the ruin of the poor. 16 The wages of the righteous is life,    but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death. 17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,    but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.    Preoccupation with …

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15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,    but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. 16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord    than great wealth with turmoil. 17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love    than a fattened calf with hatred.  When it comes to happiness, perspective is more …

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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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