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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12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;    if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.    There is no disadvantage to wisdom, no circumstance which wisdom cannot improve. The rewards of wisdom do not come to those who only have wisdom, but rather to those who are wise. It is through …

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11 Dishonest money dwindles away,    but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,    but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.    Wealth easily obtained is easily lost, what chance has its holder had to become responsible? There is perhaps no greater catalyst of foolishness …

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15 “The leech has two daughters.    ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied,    four that never say, ‘Enough!’: 16 the grave, the barren womb,    land, which is never satisfied with water,    and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’    The leech has an insatiable appetite, which it has passed on to …

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18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,    but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. 19 Truly the righteous attain life,    but whoever pursues evil finds death.    Wickedness may get results, but they are never as satisfying as temptation promises. There is always more to be done; another lie, another swindle, another …

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