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See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it.
Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."
Deuteronomy 4:5-6
 
If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!
Deuteronomy 32:29
 
The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God. They said, "Who of us shall go first to fight against the Benjamites?" The LORD replied, "Judah shall go first."
Judges 20:18
 
"Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"
1 Kings 3:7-9
 
then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.
1 Kings 8:36
 
May the LORD give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.
1 Chronicles 22:12
 
You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst.
Nehemiah 9:20
 
Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.
Job 4:3
 
"We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself."
Job 5:27
 
"Ask the former generations and find out what their fathers learned,
Job 8:8
 
Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?
Job 8:10
 
Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you
Job 11:5
 
"Doubtless you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!
But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things?
Job 12:2-3
 
"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
"To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
Job 12:7-13
 
To him belong strength and victory; both deceived and deceiver are his.
He leads counselors away stripped and makes fools of judges.
Job 12:16-17
 
He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light.
Job 12:22
 
"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.
Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.
Job 22:21-22
 
"But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?
Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living.
The deep says, 'It is not in me'; the sea says, 'It is not with me.'
It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed in silver.
It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires.
Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.
"Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?
It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.
Destruction and Death say, 'Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.'
God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells,
for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.
When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters,
when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,
then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it.
And he said to man, 'The fear of the Lord,that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.' "
Job 28:12-28
 
I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'
But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.
It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.
Job 32:7-9
 
he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,
Job 33:16
 
Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.'
Job 34:32
 
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'
Job 35:10-11
 
"God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?
Job 36:22
 
Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind ?
Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
Job 38:36-37
 
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
Job 42:5
 
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Psalms 2:10
 
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies, make straight your way before me.
Psalms 5:8
 
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalms 9:10
 
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
Psalms 16:7
 
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
Psalms 19:1-2
 
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;
Psalms 25:4
 
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Psalms 25:8-9
 
Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD ? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
Psalms 25:12
 
The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
Psalms 25:14
 
Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
Psalms 27:11
 
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Psalms 31:3
 
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
Psalms 32:8
 
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Psalms 36:9
 
"Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.
Psalms 39:4
 
Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
Psalms 43:3
 
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts ; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
Psalms 51:6
 
Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Psalms 71:17
 
In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel.
Psalms 76:1
 
Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
Psalms 86:11
 
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalms 90:12
 
Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law;
Psalms 94:12
 
Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD.
Psalms 107:43
 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
Psalms 111:10
 
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Psalms 112:4
 
Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.
Psalms 119:12
 
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.
Psalms 119:18-19
 
I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.
Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.
Psalms 119:26-27
 
Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Psalms 119:33-34
 
Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands.
Psalms 119:66
 
You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.
Psalms 119:68
 

Psalms 119:73
 
May my heart be blameless toward your decrees, that I may not be put to shame. k Kaph 81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.
Psalms 119:80
 
Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees.
I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
Psalms 119:124-125
 
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
Psalms 119:130
 
Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees.
Psalms 119:135
 
Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live. q Qoph 145 I call with all my heart; answer me, O LORD, and I will obey your decrees.
Psalms 119:144
 

Psalms 119:169
 
May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.
Psalms 119:171
 
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139:24
 
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance-
Proverbs 1:5
 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom Warning Against Enticement
Proverbs 1:7
 
Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
"How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you-
when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.
Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,
since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
Proverbs 1:20-33
 
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair,every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,
who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words,
who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.
For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.
Proverbs 2:1-20
 
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6
 
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;
when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
Proverbs 3:13-26
 
He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.
Proverbs 3:34-35
 
he taught me and said, "Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
Proverbs 4:4-13
 
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
Proverbs 4:18-22
 
You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
Proverbs 5:12
 
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your kinsman;
Proverbs 7:2-4
 
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
"To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
"The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, , before his deeds of old;
I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.
I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
"Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."
Proverbs 8:1-36
 
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.
She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city.
"Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment.
"Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.
Proverbs 9:1-6
 
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer."
Proverbs 9:9-12
 
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Proverbs 10:8
 
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.
Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
Proverbs 10:13-14
 
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.
Proverbs 10:21
 
A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
Proverbs 10:23
 
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.
Proverbs 11:12
 
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
Proverbs 12:1
 
A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped minds are despised.
Proverbs 12:8
 
The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 12:15
 
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.
Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.
Proverbs 13:14-16
 
The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
Proverbs 14:6-8
 
A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
Proverbs 14:16
 
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
Proverbs 14:33
 
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
Proverbs 15:7
 
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
Proverbs 15:14
 
The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 15:33
 
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
Proverbs 16:16
 
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:20-24
 
A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Proverbs 17:10
 
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
Proverbs 17:24
 
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
Proverbs 18:15
 
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
Proverbs 19:8
 
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
Proverbs 19:20
 
When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
Proverbs 21:11
 
Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?
Proverbs 22:17-21
 
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
Proverbs 23:12
 
Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
Proverbs 23:23
 
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:13-14
 
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
Proverbs 28:5
 
He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
Proverbs 28:7
 
Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
Ecclesiastes 1:17
 
To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Ecclesiastes 2:26
 
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
Ecclesiastes 7:12
 
Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man's face and changes its hard appearance. Obey the King
Ecclesiastes 8:1
 
Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
Ecclesiastes 8:5
 
I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me:
There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siegeworks against it.
Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
Ecclesiastes 9:13-18
 
Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips.
Ecclesiastes 10:12
 
The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails,given by one Shepherd.
Ecclesiastes 12:11
 
Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:3
 
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD -
and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
Isaiah 11:1-3
 
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 11:9
 
Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction."
Isaiah 29:24
 
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
Isaiah 30:21
 
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.
Isaiah 33:6
 
"I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Isaiah 42:6-7
 
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16
 
This is what the LORD says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
Isaiah 48:17
 
All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace.
Isaiah 54:13
 
This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:23-24
 
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
Jeremiah 24:7
 
No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
Jeremiah 31:34
 
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
Daniel 1:17
 
and said: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king." Daniel Interprets the Dream
Daniel 2:20-23
 
With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.
"Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.
Daniel 11:32-33
 
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge."
Daniel 12:3-4
 
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."
Hosea 6:3
 
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6
 
Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
Hosea 14:9
 
"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 6:22-23
 
"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.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Matthew 7:24-25
 
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' But wisdom is proved right by her actions."Woe on Unrepentant Cities
Matthew 11:19
 
At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Matthew 11:25-27
 
He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
Matthew 13:11
 
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
Matthew 16:16-17
 
"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
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.'
"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. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!'
"But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.'
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.The Parable of the Talents
Matthew 25:1-13
 
"Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.Whose Son Is the Christ
Mark 12:32-34
 
And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous,to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
Luke 1:17
 
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
Luke 1:76-79
 
"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,
for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."The Parable of the Rich Fool
Luke 12:11-12
 
For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
Luke 21:15
 
They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
Luke 24:32
 
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
Luke 24:45
 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1
 
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
John 1:5
 
He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
John 1:7-9
 
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 1:17
 
It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
John 6:45
 
If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
John 7:17
 
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 8:12
 
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 8:31-32
 
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
John 9:5
 
Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
John 9:39
 
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
John 10:4
 
"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me,
John 10:14
 
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
John 12:46
 
If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
John 14:7
 
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.
John 16:13-14
 
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:3
 
"I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.
For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
John 17:6-8
 
"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."
John 17:25-26
 
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
John 18:37
 
but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
Acts 6:10
 
since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities,his eternal power and divine nature,have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Romans 1:19-20
 
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
Romans 15:14
 
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
Romans 16:19
 
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God,that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30
 
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" ,
but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment:
"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
 
Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise.
1 Corinthians 3:18
 
But the man who loves God is known by God.
1 Corinthians 8:3
 
To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
1 Corinthians 12:8
 
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11
 
Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
1 Corinthians 14:20
 
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.Ministers of the New Covenant
2 Corinthians 2:11
 
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
 
But just as you excel in everything,in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us ,see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7
 
But now that you know God,or rather are known by God,how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
Galatians 4:9
 
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
Ephesians 1:16-19
 
For this reason I kneel before the Father,
from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge,that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-19
 
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13
 
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.
Ephesians 5:15-17
 
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.Final Greetings
Ephesians 6:18-20
 
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
Philippians 1:9-10
 
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Philippians 3:7-8
 
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
Philippians 3:10
 
All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
Philippians 3:15
 
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
Colossians 1:9-10
 
the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
Colossians 1:26-28
 
I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:1-3
 
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Colossians 3:10
 
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16
 
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
Colossians 4:2-4
 
But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5
 
who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4
 
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
 
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
2 Timothy 2:7
 
and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:15
 
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5
 
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
James 3:13
 
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.
James 3:17
 
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.Making One's Calling and Election Sure
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
2 Peter 1:2-5
 
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:8
 
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.
2 Peter 1:12
 
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:18
 
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
1 John 2:20
 
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit,just as it has taught you, remain in him.Children of God
1 John 2:27
 
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.God's Love and Ours
1 John 4:6
 
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true,even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
1 John 5:20
 
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