100 Bible Verses about Wise Counsel

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 556 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 409 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 324 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:20-21 ESV / 314 helpful votes

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Psalm 1:1-6 ESV / 194 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 137 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:18 ESV / 134 helpful votes

Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.

Proverbs 24:6 ESV / 131 helpful votes

For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 127 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 121 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 116 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:1-35 ESV / 105 helpful votes

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. ...

1 Kings 12:6-19 ESV / 104 helpful votes

Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him. And he said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?” And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus shall you speak to this people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us,’ thus shall you say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father's thighs. ...

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:13 ESV / 93 helpful votes

Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 84 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 74 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

James 3:17 ESV / 71 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.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 61 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 58 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, ...

James 1:5 ESV / 56 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 3:17-18 ESV / 50 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. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Romans 13:1 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Proverbs 1:5 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Romans 15:4 ESV / 36 helpful votes

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Proverbs 20:15 ESV / 36 helpful votes

There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Psalm 33:10-22 ESV / 36 helpful votes

The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, ...

Isaiah 11:2 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

James 1:19 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Galatians 6:2 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 29 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.

Psalm 103:2-4 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

Revelation 3:19 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Psalm 33:11 ESV / 27 helpful votes

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.

Isaiah 47:13 ESV / 26 helpful votes

You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you.

Psalm 102:25-27 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.

Revelation 1:2 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Proverbs 16:16 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Titus 2:3-5 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 22 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Isaiah 25:1 ESV / 22 helpful votes

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Proverbs 15:31 ESV / 22 helpful votes

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Psalm 1:1-2 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 21 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 3:7 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

2 Samuel 17:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Titus 3:10 ESV / 20 helpful votes

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,

Proverbs 15:24 ESV / 20 helpful votes

The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.

Proverbs 25:19 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

Proverbs 25:2 ESV / 19 helpful votes

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Proverbs 9:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 19 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.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

John 3:16-17 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Matthew 5:41 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Psalm 32:8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

1 Samuel 25:1-44 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran. And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite. David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. So David sent ten young men. And David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal and greet him in my name. ...

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 17 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,

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Isaiah 40:22 ESV / 17 helpful votes

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

Ecclesiastes 7:12 ESV / 17 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 6:16-19 ESV / 17 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— ...

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Romans 6:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

John 16:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

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 1:30 ESV / 15 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 / 15 helpful votes

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

Acts 5:27-39 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. ...

Proverbs 15:31-33 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Job 12:12 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Romans 3:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—

Jeremiah 38:15 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “If I tell you, will you not surely put me to death? And if I give you counsel, you will not listen to me.”

Proverbs 25:12 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Proverbs 12:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 3:13 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Proverbs 15:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Proverbs 4:6-7 ESV / 12 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.

Psalm 37:30 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

1 Kings 1:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Now therefore come, let me give you advice, that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon.

Colossians 1:28 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

John 14:26 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Psalm 73:24 ESV / 10 helpful votes

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.

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