Book of Proverbs
Wise versus Fools

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. - Proverbs 1:7

35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame. - Proverbs 3:35

13 The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge. 14 She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, 15 calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way. 16 "Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment. 17 "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!" 18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave. - Prov. 9:13-18

10 Someone who holds back the truth causes trouble, but one who openly criticizes works for peace.- Prov. 10:10

21 A good person’s words will benefit many people, but you can kill yourself with stupidity. - Prov. 10:21

Wit and Wisdom from the World
A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
Nicholas Boileau-Depreaux, 1636-1711

23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom. - Proverbs 10:23

29 He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise. - Prov. 11:29

15 Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.
Proverbs 12

23 Smart people keep quiet about what they know, but stupid people advertise their ignorance. - Prov. 12:23


Proverbs by Topic!

A Good Woman
Anger - Arguments
Blessings - Curses
Diligence - Lazy
Fearing God
Good - Evil
Health - Alcohol
Hope - Mercy
Humility - Pride
Judgment - Justice
The Mouth
Trials - Protection
Trust - Faithful
Truth - Lies
What God hates
Wisdom in general
Wise - Fools

19 How good it is to get what you want! Stupid people refuse to turn away from evil. - Prov. 13

3 A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. - Proverbs 14

15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. - Prov. 14

24 Wise people are rewarded with wealth, but fools are known by their foolishness.
Prov. 14:24

29 If you stay calm, you are wise, but if you have a hot temper, you only show how stupid you are.
Prov. 14:29

33 Wisdom is in every thought of intelligent people; fools know nothing about wisdom.
Proverbs 14:33

2 When wise people speak, they make knowledge attractive, but stupid people spout nonsense.
Prov. 15:2

21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
Prov. 15:20-21

24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
Prov. 17:24-25

Even fools may be thought wise and intelligent if they stay quiet
Proverbs 17:28

2 A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is.
Prov. 18:2

13 He who answers before listening - that is his folly and his shame.
Prov. 18:13

1 It is better to be poor but honest than to be a lying fool.
Prov. 19:1

1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Prov. 26:1-12

26 He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
Prov. 28:26

8 People with no regard for others can throw whole cities into turmoil. Those who are wise keep things calm.
Prov. 29

20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Proverbs 29:20

21 Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up: 22 a servant who becomes king, a fool who is full of food - Proverbs 30:21-22

Wit and Wisdom from the World
A wise man knows everything;
a shrewd one, everybody.
Jewish proverb

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