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49 Bible Verses About Wisdom and Knowledge

The Bible is filled with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. It’s like the how-to manual that was written for us. Since God created us, He understands how we ought to live better than anyone and anything else. And since the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we’re wise to look to it for wisdom for life.

I’ve found in my life that when I choose to live and make decisions based on the Scriptures, things in my life go well. And when I turn away from the Biblical wisdom, I run into trouble. 

The books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job are considered the 3 books of wisdom. That’s where we get the most straightforward “do this, don’t do that” type of Bible verses. There’s wisdom sprinkled throughout the entire Bible. 

I’ve put together this list of Bible verses about wisdom and knowledge. Since there are so many verses on this topic, you’ll find 3 different categories of wisdom scriptures: general wisdom, financial wisdom, and relational wisdom. 

General 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.”
James 3:13 NIV

“Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.”
Job 12:12 NLT

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
James 3:17 KJV

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Proverbs 4:7 KJV

“When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.”
Proverbs 11:2 NKJV

“Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.”
Proverbs 17:28

“The mouth of the righteous proclaims wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice and truth.”
Psalms 37:30 AMP

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.”
Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
Proverbs 3:7 NKJV

“Do not turn away from her (Wisdom) and she will guard and protect you; Love her, and she will watch over you.”
Proverbs 4:6 AMP

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
Psalm 90:12 ESV

“I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: 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 2:23 NIV

“All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.”
Isaiah 28:29 NIV

“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.”
Ephesians 1:17 NIV

James 1:5

“For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;”
Proverbs 2:6 NKJV

“Know that [skillful and godly] wisdom is [so very good] for your life and soul; If you find wisdom, then there will be a future and a reward, And your hope and expectation will not be cut off.”
Proverbs 24:14 AMP

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
Romans 11:33 KJV

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;”
Psalm 19:7 ESV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
1 Corinthians 1:25 KJV

“But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.”
Luke 7:35 NLT

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
James 1:5 NKJV

“God Himself made the way so you can have new life through Christ Jesus. God gave us Christ to be our wisdom. Christ made us right with God and set us apart for God and made us holy. Christ bought us with His blood and made us free from our sins.”
1 Corinthians 1:30 NLV

“The wise woman builds her house [on a foundation of godly precepts, and her household thrives], But the foolish one [who lacks spiritual insight] tears it down with her own hands [by ignoring godly principles].”
Proverbs 14:1 AMP

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,”
Proverbs 3:13 NIV

“Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.”
Ecclesiastes 7:10 NIV

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:”
Matthew 7:24 NKJV

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Proverbs 19:8

Financial wisdom

“The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.”
Proverbs 19:8 NIV

“How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.”
Proverbs 16:16 NASB

“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished.”
Proverbs 27:12 NKJV

“One hand full of rest and patience is better than two fists full of labor and chasing after the wind.”
Ecclesiastes 4:6 NKJV

“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.”
Proverbs 22:29 NKJV

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’”
Luke 14:28-30 NIV

Read 5 Things Jesus Says About Money

“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”
Proverbs 15:22 KJV

“The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.”
Proverbs 21:20 NIV

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?”
Proverbs 6:6-9 NKJV

“Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you. But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.” 
Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 NLT

“God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.”
Ecclesiastes 2:26 NLT

Relational wisdom

“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”
Proverbs 13:10 NIV

“A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.”
Proverbs 13:1 NLT

“My goal 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 2:2-3 NIV

“A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.”
Proverbs 29:11 NKJV

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Colossians 3:16 NIV

“Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.”
Proverbs 15:12 NIV

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Proverbs 13:20 ESV

“Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.”
Proverbs 15:5 NLT

“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT

“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”
Proverbs 19:20 NIV

“A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.”
Proverbs 12:16 NLT


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