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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)

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

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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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