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2 Here are proverbs that will help you recognize wisdom and good advice . . . 3 They can teach you how to live intelligently and how to be honest, just, and fair. (Proverbs 1:2 - 3)

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

24. Because I called, and you refused to hearken, I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention; 25. But you have despised all my counsel and would have none of my reproof. 26. I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes; 27. When your calamity comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and pain come upon you, 28. Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me. 29. Because they hated knowledge" (Proverbs 1:20 - 22, 24 - 29)

1. My son, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you, 3. Yea, if you cry after knowledge and lift up your voice for understanding; 4. If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures, 5. Then you shall understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. (2:1 - 5)

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

6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (3:6)21 A good person's words will benefit many people, but you can kill yourself with stupidity. (10:21)

8 If you are intelligent, you will be praised; if you are stupid, people will look down on you. (12:8)

15. There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. (20:15)

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

The friendship that can cease
has never been real.
St. Jerome, 342 - 420

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

12 I am Wisdom, and I have insight; I have knowledge and sound judgment. 13 To honor the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil ways and false words. 14 I make plans and carry them out. I have understanding, and I am strong. 15 I help kings to govern and rulers to make good laws. 17 I love those who love me; whoever looks for me can find me. 18 I have riches and honor to give, prosperity and success. (8:12 - 18)

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

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (16:21 - 23)

12. Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge. (23:12)

3. Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4. And by knowledge the rooms shall be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 5. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength. (24:3 - 5)

24. Four things are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: 25. The ants are a creature not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer; 26. The rock badgers are not mighty creatures, yet they make their houses in the rock; 27. The locusts have no king, yet they go forth all of them by bands; 28. You can catch a lizard with your hands, yet it is in king's palaces. (30:24 - 28)

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

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