You can find wisdom by banging your head against the wall enough times that you learn wisdom or you can find wisdom in the Bible verses about wisdom. Although I have banged my own head against the wall more than my fair share of the time, I have found that if you will daily spend a few moments reading the scriptures concerning wisdom that you can save yourself a lot of pain and hardship. King Solomon was considered the wisest man in the world and He wrote a book called Proverbs that contains much of his wisdom. That book, along with many other Bible verses about wisdom can help you traverse the pitfalls of life and give you insight on how to apply the principles of God. I hope that you enjoy the selection of Bible verses about wisdom that I have put together for you.
Bible Verses About Wisdom From King Solomon and the Rest of the Bible
The Wisdom of Solomon in the Bible
1 Kings 3:5-14
5 That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
6 Solomon replied, “You showed faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued your faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.
7 “Now, O LORD my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! 9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! 14 And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”
1 Kings 3:16-28
Solomon Judges Wisely
16 Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled. 17 “Please, my lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she was with me in the house. 18 Three days later this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there were only two of us in the house.
19 “But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it. 20 Then she got up in the night and took my son from beside me while I was asleep. She laid her dead child in my arms and took mine to sleep beside her. 21 And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son at all.”
22 Then the other woman interrupted, “It certainly was your son, and the living child is mine.”
“No,” the first woman said, “the living child is mine, and the dead one is yours.” And so they argued back and forth before the king.
23 Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead one belongs to the other. 24 All right, bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to the king.
25 Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other!”
26 Then the woman who was the real mother of the living child, and who loved him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child—please do not kill him!”
But the other woman said, “All right, he will be neither yours nor mine; divide him between us!”
27 Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”
28 When all Israel heard the king’s decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering justice.
The Purpose of Proverbs
1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.
Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.
Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.
Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD.
In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.
Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
Scriptures about wisdom from other great men in the Bible
Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites with amazing wonders. The wisdom of the wise will pass away, and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.”
In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD will be your treasure.
[ The LORD’s Obedient Servant ] The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding he stretched out the heavens.
[ Wisdom from the LORD ] This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD.
18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man,[a] on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
1 Corinthians 1:18-20
The Wisdom of God
18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Paul’s Message of Wisdom
1 When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. 2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.”
He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
[ True Wisdom Comes from God ] If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.
As you can see, wisdom is something to be desired. We get that wisdom from God and from reading His word. I think we should all heed the warning from Isaiah that says not to be wise in our own eyes. It will truly bring sorrow.
Reference: Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.