Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Lazy hands make for poverty,    but diligent hands bring wealth. 5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.    The activity of your hands today can determine your situation tomorrow. Laziness and diligence both compound as the days go by, little …

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6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,    but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. 7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings,    but the name of the wicked will rot. 8 The wise in heart accept commands,    but a chattering fool comes to ruin.  The righteous are those who focus on …

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9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,    but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. 10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,    and a chattering fool comes to ruin. 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.    The path of integrity is not …

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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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18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips    and spreads slander is a fool.    Hatred is a powerful force, but that does not render it immoral. Wisdom herself, as personified in chapter 8, “hate[s] pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”  The question here is not whether we ought to hate, but rather what …

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