The Wise in Proverbs

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

A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother (Proverbs 10:1).

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise. A fool's wrath is known at once, but a prudent man covers shame (Proverbs 12:15 - 16).

A poor and a wise child is better than an old and foolish king, who knows not how to receive admonition any more (Proverbs 4:13).

It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than for one to listen to the song of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:5).

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

The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness; and I myself also perceived that one event happens to all of them. Then I said in my heart, "As it happens to the fool, so it happens even to me; and why was I then more wise?" (Proverbs 2:14 - 15).

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Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid (Proverbs 12:1).

The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler among fools (Ecclesiastes 9:17).

What advantage then does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage is there for the poor person who knows how to conduct himself before others? (Ecclesiastes 6:8).

A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps (Proverbs 14:15).

The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge (Proverbs 14:18).

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit. Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor (Proverbs 14:8 - 9).

World's Wit and Wisdom
There is great skill in knowing
how to conceal one's skill.

The true way to be deceived
is to think oneself more
clever than others.
Francois, Duc de Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure (Ecclesiastes 7:4).

For oppression makes a wise man mad, and a bribe corrupts the heart (Ecclesiastes 7:7).

Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? (Ecclesiastes 7:16).

Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city (Ecclesiastes 7:19).

How wonderful to be wise, to understand things, to be able to analyze them and interpret them. Wisdom lights up a man’s face, softening its hardness (Ecclesiastes 8:1).

Those who obey him (the king) will not be punished. The wise man will find a time and a way to do what he says (Ecclesiastes 8:5).

So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him (Ecclesiastes 9:1).

I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

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).

The words of the wise men are like goads; yea, their collected words are like nails driven home; given by one Shepherd (Ecclesiastes 12:11).

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit (Proverbs 14:8).

A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness (Proverbs 12:23).

The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly (Proverbs 14:24).

He who is slow to wrath is of great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exalts folly (Proverbs 14:29).

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

It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel (Proverbs 20:3).

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished (Proverbs 27:12).

World's Wit and Wisdom
The wicked are always
surprised to find that the
good can be clever.
Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues, 1715 - 1747

A wise man knows everything;
a shrewd one, everybody.
Jewish proverb

Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool (Proverbs 17:10).

The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left (Ecclesiastes 10:2).

A fool utters all his mind, but a wise one keeps it in until afterwards (Proverbs 29:11).

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