100 Bible Verses about Seeking Knowledge

Proverbs 15:14 ESV / 97 helpful votes

The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

James 1:5 ESV / 93 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.

Matthew 7:7 ESV / 71 helpful votes

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Proverbs 18:15-24 ESV / 70 helpful votes

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before the great. The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders. A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. ...

Proverbs 9:10 ESV / 53 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 2:6 ESV / 53 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Hosea 4:6 ESV / 42 helpful votes

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Ephesians 1:17 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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,

Proverbs 24:5 ESV / 37 helpful votes

A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

James 1:22 ESV / 33 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

1 Samuel 2:3 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

1 Corinthians 8:1 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.

Proverbs 1:5 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Psalm 111:10 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

2 Peter 3:18 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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.

James 3:17 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 7:12 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 18:15 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Job 12:12 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

2 Peter 1:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,

Colossians 2:2-3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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.

1 Corinthians 1:25 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Romans 11:33 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Job 28:28 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Colossians 1:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Daniel 12:4 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Proverbs 4:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 14 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, ...

Psalm 119:66 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

Romans 1:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

1 Kings 3:9 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

Romans 3:10-11 ESV / 12 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Hebrews 5:14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Titus 3:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Philippians 3:8 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

Philippians 1:9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:19-20 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

John 10:14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

Daniel 2:21 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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;

Ecclesiastes 2:26 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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 23:23 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:16 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 4:6-7 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 4:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

Proverbs 2:3-6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Proverbs 1:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

To give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—

Psalm 37:1-40 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. ...

Psalm 19:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 4:29 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 9 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 competent, equipped for every good work.

Romans 3:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

No one understands; no one seeks for God.

Matthew 11:27 ESV / 9 helpful votes

All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Proverbs 16:22 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Psalm 10:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 8 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,

James 1:1-27 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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. ...

2 Timothy 3:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:1-17 ESV / 8 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. ...

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 8 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.

Colossians 1:1-29 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, ...

Philippians 3:8-10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

Ephesians 4:17-32 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, ...

2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

1 Corinthians 7:25-40 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, ...

1 Corinthians 7:1-9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. ...

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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. ...

Matthew 7:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Genesis 4:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.”

Genesis 2:17 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Colossians 2:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

John 15:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 14:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Isaiah 40:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Proverbs 15:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 8:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.

Proverbs 2:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,

Proverbs 1:1-5 ESV / 6 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,

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Psalm 37:30 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

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