100 Bible Verses about Wisdom

James 1:5 ESV / 625 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 / 386 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.

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 371 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 3:13-18 ESV / 345 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.

Proverbs 10:23 ESV / 218 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 207 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:15 ESV / 190 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 151 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 / 148 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 ESV / 123 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 19:20 ESV / 121 helpful votes

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

Job 12:12-13 ESV / 112 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 9:24 ESV / 106 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.”

Luke 21:15 ESV / 105 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 1:16-19 ESV / 96 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 24:3-7 ESV / 79 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.

Proverbs 17:10 ESV / 76 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:16 ESV / 76 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 23:12 ESV / 73 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:7 ESV / 71 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:1 ESV / 60 helpful votes

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

Colossians 2:8 ESV / 56 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.

John 8:32 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV / 53 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,

Proverbs 4:6-7 ESV / 52 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.

Jeremiah 9:23 ESV / 47 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,

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 ESV / 45 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.

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 ESV / 43 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. 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.”

1 Corinthians 1:17-26 ESV / 43 helpful votes

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.

John 8:12 ESV / 42 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.”

Romans 12:2 ESV / 41 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 15:33 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 41 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:16 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

Daniel 1:17 ESV / 35 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.

Romans 11:33 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Daniel 12:3 ESV / 34 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.

Proverbs 29:3 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:21 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:33 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Galatians 4:9 ESV / 31 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 10:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:7 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

James 1:1-27 ESV / 30 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.

Philippians 3:15 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Luke 12:12 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

1 John 2:27 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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.

2 Peter 3:18 ESV / 29 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.

Ecclesiastes 10:12 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 9:9-12 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 2:6 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 5:21 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 9:10 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

James 3:13 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:21 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 6:20 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 25 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.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 24 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.

2 Corinthians 8:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:9-14 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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. For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Proverbs 22:17-21 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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 Lord, 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 15:22 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV / 22 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.

Luke 24:45 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

Daniel 2:20-23 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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 15:7 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Psalm 94:12-14 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;

Proverbs 13:14-16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

Proverbs 8:1 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:35 ESV / 21 helpful votes

The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.

2 Chronicles 1:7-12 ESV / 21 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,

Deuteronomy 10:18 ESV / 21 helpful votes

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Colossians 2:1-3 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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.

Matthew 6:23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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!

Daniel 5:14 ESV / 20 helpful votes

I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 ESV / 20 helpful votes

If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.

Ecclesiastes 8:17 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Philippians 1:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:1 ESV / 19 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.

Luke 7:35 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

Isaiah 29:14-16 ESV / 19 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”?

1 John 5:20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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.

Colossians 2:3 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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.

Matthew 7:24 ESV / 18 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.

Hosea 6:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Proverbs 16:25 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Exodus 36:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.”

Colossians 1:10 ESV / 17 helpful votes

So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Ephesians 6:18-20 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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.

Colossians 1:26-28 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

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