Bible Verses About Wisdom: 20 Helpful Scriptures

by Pamela Rose Williams on October 21, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Historically, the wisest man who ever lived (besides Jesus) was King Solomon. We can find this documented in the second book of Chronicles in the Bible, and as my featured verse below. Solomon’s only request to God when he was to follow his father David as King of Israel was that God would grant him wisdom. God granted his heart’s desire for wisdom and in addition God gave to Solomon riches, possessions, and honor greater than any king before and after him. Sadly, although Solomon pointed the way to wisdom, later in his life he did not follow it and his son, Rehoboam, followed his example, rather than his counsels and became a foolish and evil ruler. A great way to see wisdom in the Bible is to compare and contrast it with foolishness. Take a look at these twenty helpful scriptures about wisdom.

Featured Verse:
2 Chronicles 1:10-12 “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”

Wisdom & Foolishness
Compared and Contrasted in the Bible

Wisdom

Foolishness

Seeking Wisdom:

Ecclesiastes 7:25a I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things
Proverbs 15:12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

Listening to Wisdom:

Proverbs 1:8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching Proverbs 1:7a fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 28:26a Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool
Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. Proverbs 10:23a Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool
Matthew 7:24-24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock…” Matthew 7:26-27 “… And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Walking in Wisdom:

Ephesians 5:15-16 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?

Talking in Wisdom:

Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

The Wisdom of God:

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD. Psalms 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.
Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple Romans 1:21-23 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Christ is Our True Source of Wisdom 

1 Corinthians 1:28-31 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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