100 Bible Verses about Wisdom

James 1:5 ESV / 1,911 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.

James 3:17 ESV / 1,430 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.

Proverbs 3:13-18 ESV / 959 helpful votes

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 ESV / 783 helpful votes

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 1:7 ESV / 750 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 685 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 636 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:23 ESV / 603 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 549 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 18:15 ESV / 546 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:27-28 ESV / 444 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 2:6 ESV / 436 helpful votes

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

Psalm 111:10 ESV / 433 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!

Luke 21:15 ESV / 427 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:16 ESV / 411 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:7 ESV / 401 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 8:1 ESV / 381 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 4:6-7 ESV / 344 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 9:10 ESV / 343 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 333 helpful votes

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

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 327 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 321 helpful votes

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

James 3:13 ESV / 312 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 1:16-19 ESV / 309 helpful votes

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 15:33 ESV / 308 helpful votes

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

Colossians 2:8 ESV / 304 helpful votes

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 14:8 ESV / 298 helpful votes

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

Job 12:12-13 ESV / 293 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 7:12 ESV / 291 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 24:3-7 ESV / 287 helpful votes

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.

Job 12:12 ESV / 283 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:24 ESV / 262 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 3:5 ESV / 255 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:8 ESV / 244 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 239 helpful votes

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 14:16 ESV / 236 helpful votes

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

Romans 11:33 ESV / 235 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 235 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 1:25 ESV / 228 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 225 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV / 221 helpful votes

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 14:33 ESV / 215 helpful votes

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

John 8:32 ESV / 214 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 207 helpful votes

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

Colossians 2:3 ESV / 202 helpful votes

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

Job 28:28 ESV / 202 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 2:26 ESV / 197 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.

James 1:1-27 ESV / 191 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 Chronicles 1:7-12 ESV / 191 helpful votes

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 Lord 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, ...

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 190 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 189 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:10 ESV / 186 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 183 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.

2 Timothy 2:7 ESV / 181 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:30 ESV / 175 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:7 ESV / 175 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV / 174 helpful votes

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.

Isaiah 40:28 ESV / 172 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.

Colossians 2:2-3 ESV / 170 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.

Jeremiah 9:24 ESV / 169 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 168 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:30 ESV / 161 helpful votes

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

Daniel 2:23 ESV / 157 helpful votes

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 23:12 ESV / 157 helpful votes

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

Job 12:13 ESV / 154 helpful votes

“With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.

James 1:5-6 ESV / 149 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. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Jeremiah 9:23 ESV / 149 helpful votes

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,

Proverbs 3:13 ESV / 149 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 147 helpful votes

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

Psalm 107:43 ESV / 146 helpful votes

Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 142 helpful votes

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

Colossians 1:9 ESV / 140 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,

1 Corinthians 3:19 ESV / 135 helpful votes

For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”

Colossians 4:5-6 ESV / 133 helpful votes

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Philippians 1:9 ESV / 133 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:5 ESV / 133 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 132 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:23 ESV / 127 helpful votes

The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 127 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 5:21 ESV / 122 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:12 ESV / 117 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 116 helpful votes

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

Daniel 2:20 ESV / 114 helpful votes

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.

Revelation 5:12 ESV / 113 helpful votes

Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 ESV / 112 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. ...

Proverbs 24:14 ESV / 111 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 110 helpful votes

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

John 8:12 ESV / 109 helpful votes

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.”

Daniel 1:17 ESV / 108 helpful votes

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.

Isaiah 28:29 ESV / 107 helpful votes

This also comes from the Lord of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 10:12 ESV / 105 helpful votes

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

Daniel 12:3 ESV / 101 helpful votes

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.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 99 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.

Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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, ...

Galatians 4:9 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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?

Proverbs 18:1 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:1-27 ESV / 97 helpful votes

Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. ...

1 Corinthians 1:24 ESV / 92 helpful votes

But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Proverbs 29:3 ESV / 89 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 29:14-16 ESV / 88 helpful votes

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 Lord 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”?

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