Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,    but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. 4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,    but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.    Have you ever said something you regret? Where did it come from? Your words are a window into your heart. …

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5 The righteous hate what is false,    but the wicked make themselves a stench    and bring shame on themselves. 6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity,    but wickedness overthrows the sinner.    What are the consequences of wicked behavior? What is at stake in the temptation to deceive? The righteous hate falsehood because they know …

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9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,    but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out. 10 Where there is strife, there is pride,    but wisdom is found in those who take advice.    The light of the righteous is like daylight; illuminating both good and bad, enabling some things to grow and others …

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11 Dishonest money dwindles away,    but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,    but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.    Wealth easily obtained is easily lost, what chance has its holder had to become responsible? There is perhaps no greater catalyst of foolishness …

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13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,    but whoever respects a command is rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,    turning a person from the snares of death.    What is the cost of defiance? You may not agree with something you’ve been told to do, but is it …

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