25+ Bible Verses About Wisdom And Foolishness

25+ Bible Verses About Wisdom And Foolishness

Proverbs 1:7 – The Fear of the Lord

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 9:10 – The Beginning of Wisdom

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Proverbs 14:1 – The Foolish Woman

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

Proverbs 15:14 – The Heart of the Fool

“The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.”

Proverbs 16:22 – Wisdom is a Fountain of Life

“Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.”

Proverbs 17:28 – Even a Fool Seems Wise

“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

Proverbs 18:2 – Foolish Delight in Spreading Folly

“Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.”

Proverbs 19:3 – The Foolishness of Man

“A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.”

Proverbs 20:3 – Avoiding Strife and Fools

“It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”

Proverbs 26:4-5 – Not Answering Fools

“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.”

Proverbs 29:11 – A Fool Gives Full Vent

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”

Proverbs 10:13 – Wisdom is on the Lips

“Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.”

Proverbs 11:29 – The Foolish Man

“Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.”

Proverbs 12:15 – The Way of a Fool

“The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”

Proverbs 13:16 – The Prudent Dealt with Knowledge

“All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.”

Proverbs 14:16 – The Fool Slander Others

“The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.”

Proverbs 15:12 – A Scoffer Does Not Love One Who Reproves

“A mocker resents correction; whoever needs it will find wisdom.”

Proverbs 26:11 – A Fool Repeats Folly

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”

Proverbs 26:12 – A Fool is Wiser in His Own Eyes

“Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.”

Proverbs 29:9 – A Fool Utters All His Mind

“If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.”

Psalm 14:1 – The Fool Denies God

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”

Psalm 53:1 – The Fool Denies God

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.”

Luke 24:25 – Slow of Heart to Believe

“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!’”

1 Corinthians 1:18 – The Message of the Cross

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

1 Corinthians 1:20 – God’s Wisdom vs. Worldly Wisdom

“Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”

1 Corinthians 1:25 – God’s Foolishness is Wiser

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 – Be a Fool to be Wise

“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become ‘fools’ so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”

1 Corinthians 4:10 – Fools for Christ

“We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!”

James 1:5 – Ask God for Wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

James 3:13-14 – Show Your Wisdom

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.”

James 3:17 – Wisdom from Above

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

Ephesians 5:15-17 – Walking in Wisdom

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Ecclesiastes 2:14 – The Wise Man has Eyes

“The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9 – Do Not Be Quickly Angry

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

Matthew 7:24 – Build on the Rock

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Matthew 7:26 – Build on the Sand

“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”

Matthew 25:2-3 – The Wise and Foolish Virgins

“Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.”

Matthew 25:8-9 – The Wise and Foolish Virgins

“The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

Matthew 25:10-11 – The Wise and Foolish Virgins

“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

Matthew 25:12 – The Wise and Foolish Virgins

“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

Matthew 25:21 – The Parable of the Talents

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Matthew 25:26 – The Parable of the Talents

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?’

Matthew 25:30 – The Parable of the Talents

“And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Proverbs 29:20 – Haste Makes Mistakes

“Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.”

Proverbs 14:15 – The Gullible Believe Everything

“The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.”

Proverbs 1:22 – Fools Hate Knowledge

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?”

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