1 The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he turns it wherever he pleases. 2 People may think they are doing what is right, but the LORD examines the heart. 3 The LORD is more pleased when we do what is just and right than when we give him sacrifices. 4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin. 5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. 6 Wealth created by lying is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap. 7 Because the wicked refuse to do what is just, their violence boomerangs and destroys them. 8 The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road. 9 It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious wife in a lovely home. 10 Evil people love to harm others; their neighbors get no mercy from them. 11 A simpleton can learn only by seeing mockers punished; a wise person learns from instruction. 12 The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring the wicked to disaster. 13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need. 14 A secret gift calms anger; a secret bribe pacifies fury. 15 Justice is a joy to the godly, but it causes dismay among evildoers. 16 The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead. 17 Those who love pleasure become poor; wine and luxury are not the way to riches. 18 Sometimes the wicked are punished to save the godly, and the treacherous for the upright. 19 It is better to live alone in the desert than with a crabby, complaining wife. 20 The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get. 21 Whoever pursues godliness and unfailing love will find life, godliness, and honor. 22 The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they trust. 23 If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble. 24 Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance. 25 The desires of lazy people will be their ruin, for their hands refuse to work. 26 They are always greedy for more, while the godly love to give! 27 God loathes the sacrifice of an evil person, especially when it is brought with ulterior motives. 28 A false witness will be cut off, but an attentive witness will be allowed to speak. 29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright proceed with care. 30 Human plans, no matter how wise or well advised, cannot stand against the LORD. 31 The horses are prepared for battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD

“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