Wisdom from Proverbs
The Old Testament book of Proverbs has many writers, but the principal author was most likely King Solomon. While there are dozens of verses that mention wisdom in this book, we’ll focus on some and glean as much truth as we can about wisdom.
Proverbs 12:15 NLT
Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
Fools think their own way is right,Proverbs 12:15 NLT
but the wise listen to others.
Listening to others brings wisdom. Sometimes we are too close to a situation or have already decided what to do, but we’re wise to listen to the thoughts, insights, and suggestions of godly people in our lives. Even if the advice is unsolicited, wisdom will consider it anyway and decide if it’s worth heeding.
Proverbs 13:10 NCV
Pride only leads to arguments; but those who take advice are wise.
Pride leads to conflict;Proverbs 13:10 NLT
those who take advice are wise.
Too often people think they truly have all the answers, but even the people we consider to be wise receive advice. That’s how they grew to be so wise! We all have room to grow, so let’s put aside a prideful mindset in order to become wise.
Proverbs 16:16 ESV
How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver!
How much better to get wisdom than gold,Proverbs 16:16 NLT
and good judgment than silver!
Nothing this world has to offer can compare with the wisdom we can receive from God and others. We may enjoy temporary pleasures, including possessions and money, but employing wisdom in our decisions will bring a greater return. There’s no price tag we can put on God’s peace manifesting itself on a truly wise person.
Proverbs 19:20 NIV
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Get all the advice and instruction you can,Proverbs 19:20 NLT
so you will be wise the rest of your life.
The essence of this verse is that we should never stop seeking to grow in the area of gaining wisdom. We can never get to the place where we think, “Yep, I’ve got all the wisdom I need!” Life will continue to change, and we’ll have to learn to maneuver in new ways. The way we do this successfully is to never stop learning and growing in the area of becoming wise.
Proverbs 4:5-6 NASB
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; love her, and she will watch over you.
Get wisdom; develop good judgment.Proverbs 4:5-6 NLT
Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you.
One of the most vital aspects of walking in wisdom is that it actually protects and guards us. What an amazing thought! It’s not that our lives will be 100% problem free, but when we do seek to walk in wisdom, our wise choices will actually prevent a lot of unnecessary hardship.
Throughout our lives, seeking godly wisdom should be a top priority for us. Possessing it will help us navigate every aspect of our lives. Spend some time searching God’s Word for more insight on gaining wisdom and the importance of it.