Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Sluggards do not plow in season;    so at harvest time they look but find nothing. 5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,    but one who has insight draws them out.    The sluggard misses many opportunities. Lacking prudence, he doesn’t realize the potential of today’s efforts to yield a harvest in …

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6 Many claim to have unfailing love,    but a faithful person who can find? 7 The righteous lead blameless lives;    blessed are their children after them. 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,    he winnows out all evil with his eyes.    It is much more difficult to honor a commitment than …

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9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;    I am clean and without sin”? 10 Differing weights and differing measures—    the Lord detests them both. 11 Even small children are known by their actions,    so is their conduct really pure and upright?    There are plenty of good people in the world, but …

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12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—    the Lord has made them both. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;    stay awake and you will have food to spare.  Though we have all been given the ability to perceive, it is up to each of us to listen and discern. What …

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14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—    then goes off and boasts about the purchase. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,    but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.    The swindler thinks only of financial costs, but that is only a small part of doing business. His haggling …

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