Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

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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15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,    do not plunder their dwelling place; 16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,    but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.    Envy is a waste of time, our most precious resource. It is much better to invest your …

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17 “The eye that mocks a father,    that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,    will be eaten by the vultures.  The fifth commandment, “Honor your father and mother,” is supported with a reason – “so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God …

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18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,    but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. 19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,    but the path of the upright is a highway. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father,    but a foolish man despises his mother.    There is no …

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18 Plans are established by seeking advice;    so if you wage war, obtain guidance. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence;    so avoid anyone who talks too much. 20 If someone curses their father or mother,    their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.    Those who want their plans to succeed ought to base …

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23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them,    and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;    she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, …

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