Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;    a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.    The wicked are ignorant of where their paths lead. They pursue sex, money and power without restraint, and hold the …

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6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,    and parents are the pride of their children. 7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—    how much worse lying lips to a ruler!    Good parents spend years making sacrifices on behalf of their children, who don’t fully understand what their parents have done …

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8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;    they think success will come at every turn. 9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,    but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.   Corruption and greed are self perpetuating. The one who bribes successfully expects the same results …

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10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person    more than a hundred lashes a fool. 11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;    the messenger of death will be sent against them.    It is never enjoyable to be rebuked, but how does it compare to the lashes of a whip? In the midst of such pains there …

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14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;    so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—    the Lord detests them both.    What good comes from arguing? Even if you are right, it is a foolish thing to do. Disputes tend to escalate quickly, as …

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