"Today in Proverbs Chapter 16 to chapter 18 verse 24 we see themes of Wisdom and Folly. Using our words for positive ends is one of the most significant wise things we can do. A humble, content life is far more satisfying than grabbing for all the glory we can get. Don’t forget God’s will and human action. God expects us to use our talents and abilities, but to trust the final results to him." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
Some characteristics of those who are wise according to the book of Proverbs:
When pride comes, shame follows.Know & Respect God
But wisdom comes to those who are not proud. (11:2)
If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding. (9:10)Delight in wisdom
A foolish person finds pleasure in doing evil things.Seeks wisdom
But a man who has understanding takes delight in wisdom. (10:23)
It is much better to get wisdom than gold.
It is much better to choose understanding than silver. (16:16)
Say to wisdom, "You are my sister.Choose companions carefully
Call understanding a member of your family. (7:4)
Anyone who walks with wise people grows wise.Blessing to others
But a companion of foolish people suffers harm. (13:20)
My child, if your heart is wise,Careful with words
my heart will be glad. (23:15)
Thoughtless words cut like a sword.
But the tongue of wise people brings healing. (12:18)
The hearts of wise people guide their mouths.Self-control
Their words make people want to learn more. (16:23)
The best food and olive oil are stored up in the houses of wise people.
But a foolish man eats up everything he has. (21:20)
A foolish person lets his anger run wild.Seek wise counsel
But a wise person keeps himself under control. (29:11)
Wisdom is too high for anyone who is foolish.Listen and learn
He has nothing to say when people meet at the city gate to conduct business. (24:6)
Let wise people listen and add to what they have learned.
Let those who understand what is right get guidance. (1:5)
The way of a foolish person seems right to him.Conciliatory
But a wise person listens to advice. (12:15)
Those who make fun of others stir up a city.Hard worker
But wise people turn anger away. (29:8)
A child who gathers crops in summer is wise.
But a child who sleeps at harvest time brings shame. (10:5)
You people who don't want to work, think about the ant!Low view of wealth
Consider its ways and be wise! (6:6)
Don't wear yourself out to get rich.Kindness
Be wise enough to say no.
When you take even a quick look at riches, they are gone.
They grow wings and fly away into the sky like an eagle. (23:4-5)
Anyone who crushes poor people makes fun of their Maker.
But anyone who is kind to those in need honors God. (14:31)
A friend loves at all times.Honesty
He is there to help when trouble comes. (17:17)
An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips. (24:26)
An honest witness tells the truth.Teachable
But a dishonest witness tells lies. (12:17)
Anyone who loves to be trained loves knowledge.Kind to animals
Anyone who hates to be corrected is stupid. (12:1)
Those who do what is right take good care of their animals.Slow to anger
But the kindest acts of those who do wrong are mean. (12:10)
Anyone who is patient has great understanding.I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.
But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is. (14:29)
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