100 Bible Verses about Instruction

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 188 helpful votes

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

Psalm 32:8 ESV / 154 helpful votes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 146 helpful votes

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 complete, equipped for every good work.

Proverbs 4:13 ESV / 134 helpful votes

Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

Proverbs 10:17 ESV / 123 helpful votes

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 110 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 106 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

John 14:26 ESV / 92 helpful votes

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 85 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 8:32-36 ESV / 61 helpful votes

“And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 31:26 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 8:33 ESV / 55 helpful votes

Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

Proverbs 1:8 ESV / 55 helpful votes

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,

Acts 4:12 ESV / 54 helpful votes

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Proverbs 15:5 ESV / 53 helpful votes

A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

John 2:1-12 ESV / 52 helpful votes

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” ...

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

Proverbs 15:32 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 41 helpful votes

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.

Proverbs 4:1 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight,

Proverbs 9:9 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 34 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.

Proverbs 16:20 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 33 helpful votes

A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Joshua 1:8 ESV / 32 helpful votes

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Proverbs 1:3 ESV / 31 helpful votes

To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;

Job 22:22 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

Proverbs 8:10 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

Proverbs 5:1 ESV / 30 helpful votes

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,

Proverbs 1:1-7:27 ESV / 30 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, ...

1 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Proverbs 15:33 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Proverbs 6:1-20:30 ESV / 28 helpful votes

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler. ...

Psalm 119:165 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

Psalm 119:1 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!

Psalm 19:7 ESV / 27 helpful votes

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

Joshua 22:5 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Deuteronomy 4:40 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

Exodus 24:12 ESV / 27 helpful votes

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.”

Genesis 26:4-5 ESV / 27 helpful votes

I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

Romans 15:4 ESV / 26 helpful votes

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Jeremiah 32:33 ESV / 26 helpful votes

They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction.

Proverbs 13:18 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

1 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 16:22 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Psalm 25:5 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 23 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 23 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV / 22 helpful votes

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, ...

Matthew 5:1-48 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. ...

Proverbs 6:23 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

Proverbs 19:27 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV / 21 helpful votes

My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Ephesians 6:3 ESV / 20 helpful votes

“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Romans 13:1-14 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ...

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Proverbs 16:20-22 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Acts 1:8 ESV / 19 helpful votes

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:2 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.

Psalm 119:2 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,

Joshua 1:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

2 Timothy 3:1-4:22 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. ...

Psalm 50:17 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.

Proverbs 5:12 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

James 1:5 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:9 ESV / 16 helpful votes

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 3:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

John 5:39 ESV / 15 helpful votes

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

John 3:16-17 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

1 Peter 5:1-14 ESV / 14 helpful votes

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” ...

Proverbs 4:10 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.

Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

1 John 4:18 ESV / 13 helpful votes

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Titus 2:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,

1 Corinthians 11:1-2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Romans 12:1 ESV / 13 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Acts 1:4-5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Proverbs 18:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

2 Timothy 3:7 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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