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apoorpersonI don’t often think about the biblical Book of Proverbs but this morning I was reacquainted with how pithy and sensible – and sometimes wry or ironic – they are. Here are a couple from chapter 21 that appear this morning and are worth more than a passing glance.

  1. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the Lord who proves hearts.
  2. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
  3. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit, but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty.
  4. Whoever makes a fortune by a lying tongue is chasing a bubble over deadly snares.
  5. He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will himself also call and not be heard.