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1 A dry crust eaten in peace is better than a great feast with strife. 2 A wise slave will rule over the master's shameful sons and will share their inheritance. 3 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart. 4 Wrongdoers listen to wicked talk; liars pay attention to destructive words. 5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished. 6 Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children. 7 Eloquent speech is not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler. 8 A bribe seems to work like magic for those who give it; they succeed in all they do. 9 Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends. 10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool. 11 Evil people seek rebellion, but they will be severely punished. 12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in folly. 13 If you repay evil for good, evil will never leave your house. 14 Beginning a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. 15 The LORD despises those who acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent. 16 It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom. 17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. 18 It is poor judgment to co-sign a friend's note, to become responsible for a neighbor's debts. 19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who speaks boastfully invites disaster. 20 The crooked heart will not prosper; the twisted tongue tumbles into trouble. 21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength. 23 The wicked accept secret bribes to pervert justice. 24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish child brings grief to a father and bitterness to a mother. 26 It is wrong to fine the godly for being good or to punish nobles for being honest! 27 A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. 28 Even fools are thought to be wise when they keep silent; when they keep their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

“The Daily Bread” provides the truths you need to live the abundant life that God desires for you. The Book of Proverbs provides truths and exhortations to live such a life. There are 31 chapters in the Book of Proverbs. Reading one chapter every day will give you wisdom to help you through the trials of life and teach you how to live a wonderful, joy-filled life.

In 1 Kings 3, God asked King Solomon what he would like to have above all else. Solomon did not ask for money or power but for wisdom. God was so pleased with his answer that He gave Solomon wisdom, wealth, and power. Archeologists and other experts claim that King Solomon was the richest man to ever live, even to this day. The Book of Proverbs is a collection of the wisdom and knowledge from King Solomon and other wise men. Although the majority of the Proverbs were written in the tenth century B.C. (during the time of Israel's unified kingdom), most of the truths they behold are still relevant today.

I personally have been reading a chapter in Proverbs every day since 2007, and each day there is something that relates to my life and personal walk with Jesus. The goal of this site is to share the Good News of Jesus and to share the Word of God. I look back at my life and realize how radically different my earlier years would have been had I known the truths in the Bible, especially the Proverbs. I hope and pray that God will bless you as you read “The Daily Bread.”

Peter Martin