100 Bible Verses about Wise Decisions

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 193 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 12:15 ESV / 146 helpful votes

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

James 1:5 ESV / 115 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 4:6 ESV / 84 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Proverbs 1:5 ESV / 82 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 78 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 75 helpful votes

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

1 Peter 1:13-15 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV / 39 helpful votes

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 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.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

James 1:6-8 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Matthew 6:24 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Psalm 119:9 ESV / 28 helpful votes

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

Proverbs 2:6 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Psalm 119:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

John 14:6 ESV / 18 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.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 18 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.

John 10:1-10 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” ...

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Psalm 25:12 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 15 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 ...

James 3:17 ESV / 15 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 3:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 10:10 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Proverbs 18:22 ESV / 14 helpful votes

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

Psalm 19:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Joshua 24:15 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Genesis 45:1-28 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. ...

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 13 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.

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

James 4:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Romans 8:28-30 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Pray without ceasing,

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Proverbs 14:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:22-23 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Proverbs 23:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For he is like one who is inwardly calculating. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 22:3 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Proverbs 3:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 30:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

Revelation 21:1-5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Hebrews 4:15 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Acts 10:38 ESV / 9 helpful votes

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Job 12:12 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

1 John 5:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 1:25 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:28 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 ESV / 8 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 19:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:6-7 ESV / 8 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.

Revelation 3:20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

1 Corinthians 7:8 ESV / 7 helpful votes

To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

Proverbs 4:1-27 ESV / 7 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 2:1-22 ESV / 7 helpful votes

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 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. ...

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Colossians 1:15-17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Ephesians 1:1-23 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, ...

Romans 12:2 ESV / 6 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.

John 6:37-40 ESV / 6 helpful votes

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Matthew 10:1-42 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, ...

Proverbs 23:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

Proverbs 16:33 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

Proverbs 14:22-25 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the folly of fools brings folly. A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.

Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, ...

Proverbs 19:27 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

Psalm 119:1-176 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! ...

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Deuteronomy 2:1-37 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea, as the Lord told me. And for many days we traveled around Mount Seir. Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward and command the people, “You are about to pass through the territory of your brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. So be very careful. Do not contend with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as for the sole of the foot to tread on, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession. ...

James 2:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Galatians 6:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

John 16:33 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 8:12 ESV / 4 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.”

Luke 1:37 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Matthew 26:1-27:66 ESV / 4 helpful votes

When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” ...

Matthew 21:28-30 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go.

Habakkuk 1:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?

Micah 6:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Isaiah 58:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Suggest a Verse

Enter a Verse Reference (e.g., John 3:16-17)


Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don’t know the specific passage your’re looking for.