Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

4 Lazy hands make for poverty,    but diligent hands bring wealth. 5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.    The activity of your hands today can determine your situation tomorrow. Laziness and diligence both compound as the days go by, little …

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3 The integrity of the upright guides them,    but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. 4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,    but righteousness delivers from death.    What does it look like to be guided by integrity? The person of integrity is steadfast in any circumstance, whether facing danger or experiencing …

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3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, Yet their heart rages against the Lord. 4 Wealth attracts many friends, But even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.  The simple follow the world’s advice, which leads to disillusionment. The fool takes this one step further. While the simple believes his main …

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4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—    the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit    as surely as haste leads to poverty. 6 A fortune made by a lying tongue    is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.    Haughtiness and pride are defects of character, which …

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4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;    do not trust your own cleverness. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,    for they will surely sprout wings    and fly off to the sky like an eagle.  Two foolish ways to pursue wealth are given here, overworking and taking shortcuts. The …

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8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor    amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor. 9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,    even their prayers are detestable. 10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path    will fall into their own trap,    but the …

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