Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;    all the weights in the bag are of his making. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing,    for a throne is established through righteousness. 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;    they value the one who speaks what is right.    While our opinions of justice vary with our …

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15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,    but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe. 16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,    but ruthless men gain only wealth. 17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,    but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.    It is a risky thing to underwrite …

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16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence    comes to rest in the company of the dead. 17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor;    whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.    A detour from prudence may promise opportunity, but the odds are on the side of regret. We tend to overestimate …

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18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;    let’s enjoy ourselves with love! 19 My husband is not at home;    he has gone on a long journey. 20 He took his purse filled with money    and will not be home till full moon.”    Now that she has brought down the senseless youth’s defenses, …

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