Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,    but whoever heeds correction shows prudence. 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,    but the income of the wicked brings ruin. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,    but the hearts of fools are not upright.    The fool sees that he is being disciplined, …

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8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,    but the prayer of the upright pleases him. 9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,    but he loves those who pursue righteousness. 10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;    the one who hates correction will die.    There is only one reason …

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11 Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord—    how much more do human hearts! 12 Mockers resent correction,    so they avoid the wise.    Nothing is hidden from the Lord, not even the depths of Death (Sheol) and Destruction (Abbadon). That our hearts lay bare before him is frightening, but it is also comforting. …

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13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,    but heartache crushes the spirit. 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,    but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.  It is the inward condition of the heart, rather than outward circumstances, which determine our well-being. This is a great encouragement, as we have more control over …

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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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