PROVERBS – Get wisdom! Get Understanding!

People often say that common sense is not common. Last Sunday Tope began a sermon series at my church. His sermon is available online and forms a fantastic introduction to this amazing book of the Bible. The audio of this sermon is available online.

To me, it seems that as well as simply reading the book through, this book lends itself well to collecting verses together by subject. I have had some fun using my Logos Bible Software to do just this with the book of Proverbs, and thought I would share some of the results of my searches here. So to begin with, here is what Proverbs says about wisdom . . .

Wisdom in Proverbs

Prov 1:2
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,

Prov 1:3
to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;

Prov 1:5
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Prov 1:6
to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Prov 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov 1:20
Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice;

Prov 2:2
making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

Prov 2:6
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Prov 2:7
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

Prov 2:10
for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

Prov 3:7
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Prov 3:13
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

Prov 3:19
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

Prov 3:21
My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion,

Prov 3:35
The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.

Prov 4:5
Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

Prov 4:7
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

Prov 4:11
I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

Prov 5:1
My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,

Prov 6:6
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Prov 7:4
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend,

Prov 8:1
Does not wisdom call ? Does not understanding raise her voice?

Prov 8:11
for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

Prov 8:12
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.

Prov 8:14
I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.

Prov 8:33
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

Prov 9:1
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.

Prov 9:8
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Prov 9:9
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Prov 9:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Prov 9:12
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Prov 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

Prov 10:8
The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Prov 10:13
On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.

Prov 10:14
The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

Prov 10:23
Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

Prov 10:31
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Prov 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Prov 11:29
Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

Prov 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.

Prov 12:15
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Prov 12:18
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Prov 13:1
A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Prov 13:10
By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Prov 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Prov 13:20
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Prov 14:3
By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Prov 14:6
A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

Prov 14:8
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

Prov 14:16
One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

Prov 14:24
The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the folly of fools brings folly.

Prov 14:33
Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.

Prov 14:35
A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

Prov 15:2
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Prov 15:7
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.

Prov 15:12
A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

Prov 15:20
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Prov 15:31
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Prov 15:33
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Prov 16:14
A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it.

Prov 16:16
How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Prov 16:21
The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

Prov 16:23
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Prov 17:2
A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

Prov 17:16
Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense?

Prov 17:24
The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

Prov 17:28
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deem
ed intelligent.

Prov 18:4
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Prov 18:15
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Prov 19:20
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Prov 20:1
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Prov 20:18
Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.

Prov 20:26
A wise king winnows the wicked and drives the wheel over them.

Prov 21:11
When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

Prov 21:20
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

Prov 21:22
A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

Prov 21:30
No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.

Prov 22:17
Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge,

Prov 23:15
My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.

Prov 23:19
Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.

Prov 23:23
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

Prov 23:24
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

Prov 24:3
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

Prov 24:5
A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

Prov 24:6
for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Prov 24:7
Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.

Prov 24:14
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

Prov 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.

Prov 25:12
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Prov 26:5
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Prov 26:12
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Prov 27:11
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

Prov 28:11
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

Prov 28:26
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Prov 29:3
He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

Prov 29:8
Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.

Prov 29:9
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Prov 29:11
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Prov 29:15
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Prov 30:3
I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.

Prov 30:24
Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:

Prov 31:26
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock has been a blogger since April 2003, and a member of Jubilee Church, London since 1995, where he seves as part of the leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso.

Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus.

Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway.

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