Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Remove the dross from the silver,    and a silversmith can produce a vessel; 5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,    and his throne will be established through righteousness.    The silversmith has a purpose in mind. He subjects the silver ore to fire, melting it, forcing the dross to the surface to be …

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13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time    is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;    he refreshes the spirit of his master. 14 Like clouds and wind without rain    is one who boasts of gifts never given.    It is not the messenger’s commitment which satisfies, but his ability to carry it …

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15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,    and a gentle tongue can break a bone. 16 If you find honey, eat just enough—    too much of it, and you will vomit. 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—    too much of you, and they will hate you.    In dealing with superiors, sometimes …

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