Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

3 The integrity of the upright guides them,    but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. 4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,    but righteousness delivers from death.    What does it look like to be guided by integrity? The person of integrity is steadfast in any circumstance, whether facing danger or experiencing …

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5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,    but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,    but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.  To be righteous is to be committed to doing the right thing, whatever the circumstances. It is a disposition …

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7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them;    all the promise of their power comes to nothing. 8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble,    and it falls on the wicked instead. 9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,    but through knowledge the righteous escape.    All the flaws in the world can …

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12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,    but the one who has understanding holds their tongue. 13 A gossip betrays a confidence,    but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. 14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,    but victory is won through many advisers.    If there is tension between you and your neighbor, …

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15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,    but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe. 16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,    but ruthless men gain only wealth. 17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,    but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.    It is a risky thing to underwrite …

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