Wisdom in Proverbs

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The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, righteousness, and judgment, and equity (Proverbs 1:2 - 3).

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7)

For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6).

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

Can God learn new things?
What is the wisdom of fools?
What not cast pearls before swine?

Folly is joy to him who is destitute of wisdom, but a man of understanding walks uprightly (Proverbs 15: 21).

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6).


Triumph of wisdom
Triumph of wisdom
Giovanni Coli, 1671

The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead (Proverbs 21:16).

I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth. Counsel and sound wisdom are mine; I am understanding; I have strength . . . (Proverbs 8:12 - 14).

A scorner seeks wisdom and does not find it, but knowledge is easy to him who understands. Depart from the presence of a foolish man when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge (Proverbs 14:6 - 7).


World's Wit and Wisdom
When science discovers the
center of the universe, a lot
of people will be disappointed
to find they are not it.
Bernard Baily, 1816 - 1902

Wisdom comes alone
through suffering.
Aeschylus, 525 - 456 B.C.

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding shall find good (Proverbs 19:8).

And I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly . . . For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow (Ecclesiastes 1:17 - 18).

Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness (Ecclesiastes 2:13).

For God gives wisdom, and knowledge, and joy to a man who is good in His sight. But to the sinner He gives labor, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

Wisdom is good with an inheritance; Yea, a profit to those who see the sun. For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom which preserves the life of those who have it (Ecclesiastes 7:11 - 12).

Wisdom makes the wise stronger than ten mighty men who are in the city (Ecclesiastes 7:19).

Who is as the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed (Ecclesiastes 8:1).

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no work, nor plan, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave where you go (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

And a poor wise man was found in it, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that poor man (Ecclesiastes 9:15).

Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good (Ecclesiastes 9:18).

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established . . . A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength (Proverbs 24:3, 5).

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