Proverbs on Becoming Wise
First my child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.
Wisdom will multiple your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.
A wise youth works hard all summer; a youth who sleeps away the hour of opportunity brings shame.
The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.
Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites trouble.
Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!
Doing wrong is fun for a fool, while wise conduct is a pleasure to the wise.
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are wise.
Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm.
The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive themselves.
Only the wise can give good advice; fools cannot do so.
If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
From a wise mind comes wife speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.
Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
Intelligent people are always open to new ideas. In fact, they look for them.
People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.
Get all of the advice and instruction you can, and be wise the rest of your life.
Wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is led astray by drink cannot be wise.
A simpleton can learn only by seeing mockers punished; a wise person learns from instruction.
Next the wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.
Human plans, no matter how wise or well advised, cannot stand against the Lord.
Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird!
The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.
Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but those who are wise will calm anger.
A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds back.
To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection.