What the Bible Says about Wisdom

In light of yesterday’s small post about Wisdom, Asking God for the Most Important Thing – Wisdom, I think it should be important to know the many things God’s Word says about wisdom, knowledge, and foolishness.

James 1:5  

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 3:17 

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

Proverbs 3:13-18 

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Ephesians 5:15-17  

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Proverbs 12:15 

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

Proverbs 10:23  

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

Proverbs 18:15  

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 19:20

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

Proverbs 17:27-28

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Luke 21:15

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Ecclesiastes 8:1

Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

Job 12:12-13

Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. “With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.

Ephesians 1:16-19

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.

Proverbs 24:3-7

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 2:6

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Proverbs 4:6-7 

Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

Jeremiah 9:24 

But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

Proverbs 14:16

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

Colossians 2:8 

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Proverbs 16:16

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

Proverbs 3:7  

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

Proverbs 23:12

Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.

2 Timothy 2:7

Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Proverbs 15:33

The fear of the is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 17:10

A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

John 8:32

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

James 3:13

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Psalm 111:10  

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Jeremiah 9:23 

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches.

2 Timothy 1:7 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 10:8

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

Ephesians 3:14-19  

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth.

Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

James 1:1-27

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

1 Corinthians 3:18

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

Proverbs 18:1

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.

Matthew 7:24 

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

John 8:12

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

Proverbs 14:33

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

Colossians 2:3

In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

2 Chronicles 1:7-12

In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. O God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king,

1 Corinthians 1:30

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

2 Corinthians 1:12

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.

Daniel 12:3  

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Proverbs 12:1

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Galatians 4:9

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

Ecclesiastes 7:12

For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

Isaiah 5:21 69  

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!

Proverbs 9:9-12

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Daniel 1:17

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 21:20

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

Proverbs 14:8

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

Philippians 1:9

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.

Ecclesiastes 10:12

The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Job 12:12

Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.

Philippians 3:15

Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

1 John 2:27 

But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

Isaiah 29:14-16

Therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.” Ah, you who hide deep from the your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

1 Corinthians 1:17-26

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

Proverbs 29:3 

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

Luke 12:12 

For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

2 Peter 3:18

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Proverbs 19:8

Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.

Colossians 2:1-3

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Ephesians 5:15-16

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Proverbs 15:22

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 15:21

Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

1 Timothy 6:20

O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,”

Job 28:28

And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”

1 John 5:20 

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Matthew 6:23

But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Proverbs 16:25  

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Luke 24:45

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. . .

Daniel 2:20-23

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”

Proverbs 13:10

By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Ephesians 6:18-20

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ecclesiastes 2:26

For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Proverbs 10:21

The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

Proverbs 15:7

The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.

Proverbs 22:17-21 

Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the , I have made them known to you today, even to you. Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

Proverbs 3:35

The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.

1 Corinthians 1:25

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Ecclesiastes 8:17

Then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.

Proverbs 11:12 

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

2 Corinthians 8:7

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

1 Corinthians 8:2  

If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.

Proverbs 8:1 

Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?

1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

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