100 Bible Verses about Wisdom

James 1:5 ESV / 1,866 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 / 1,392 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 / 940 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 / 771 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 / 724 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 660 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 619 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:23 ESV / 589 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:15 ESV / 534 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 530 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 17:27-28 ESV / 436 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 / 424 helpful votes

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

Luke 21:15 ESV / 415 helpful votes

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

Psalm 111:10 ESV / 411 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!

Proverbs 16:16 ESV / 394 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:7 ESV / 385 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 8:1 ESV / 373 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 / 336 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 / 326 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 / 316 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 / 314 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 305 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 1:16-19 ESV / 301 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

James 3:13 ESV / 299 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:33 ESV / 295 helpful votes

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

Colossians 2:8 ESV / 293 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 / 289 helpful votes

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

Job 12:12-13 ESV / 288 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:3-7 ESV / 279 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:12 ESV / 275 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.

Job 12:12 ESV / 271 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:24 ESV / 250 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 / 250 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 231 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 19:8 ESV / 231 helpful votes

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

Romans 11:33 ESV / 227 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 14:16 ESV / 227 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 225 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 1:25 ESV / 212 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV / 211 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 29:11 ESV / 210 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:33 ESV / 208 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 / 204 helpful votes

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

Colossians 2:3 ESV / 197 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 197 helpful votes

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

Job 28:28 ESV / 189 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 / 187 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 17:10 ESV / 186 helpful votes

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

2 Chronicles 1:7-12 ESV / 183 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, ...

James 1:1-27 ESV / 182 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. ...

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 181 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 179 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 13:1 ESV / 177 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:7 ESV / 175 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV / 170 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.

Proverbs 11:30 ESV / 168 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 9:24 ESV / 167 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 4:7 ESV / 166 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 164 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 40:28 ESV / 163 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 / 161 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.

Proverbs 23:12 ESV / 153 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:30 ESV / 152 helpful votes

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

Daniel 2:23 ESV / 149 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.”

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.

Jeremiah 9:23 ESV / 147 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,

James 1:5-6 ESV / 144 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.

Job 12:13 ESV / 144 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 141 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:13 ESV / 141 helpful votes

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

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,

Psalm 107:43 ESV / 133 helpful votes

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

Colossians 1:9 ESV / 132 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 / 130 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 / 127 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.

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 124 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:5 ESV / 124 helpful votes

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

Psalm 51:6 ESV / 122 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 5:21 ESV / 119 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:23 ESV / 119 helpful votes

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

Daniel 2:20 ESV / 112 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 112 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 ESV / 111 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 15:12 ESV / 111 helpful votes

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

Revelation 5:12 ESV / 107 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!”

John 8:12 ESV / 107 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.”

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 104 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:14 ESV / 102 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.

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.

Daniel 1:17 ESV / 101 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.

Ecclesiastes 10:12 ESV / 101 helpful votes

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

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, ...

Isaiah 28:29 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:1 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Galatians 4:9 ESV / 98 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?

1 Corinthians 1:24 ESV / 90 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:1-27 ESV / 90 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. ...

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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