Wise sayings about the rich and the poor to meditate today.
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
The way of the Lord is strength for the upright,
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.
The labor of the righteous leads to life,
The wages of the wicked to sin.
He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish,
But He casts away the desire of the wicked.
The wise in heart will receive commands,
But a prating fool will fall.
He who walks with integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will become known.
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,
But righteousness delivers from death.
The fear of the wicked will come upon him,
And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut out.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.
The righteous will never be removed,
But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more,
But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
(Based on Proverbs 10)
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.