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Theasaurus: Discernment

57 Bible Verses about Discernment

Most Relevant Verses

2 Timothy 2:7

Think over these things I am saying [understand them and grasp their application], for the Lord will grant you full insight and understanding in everything.

Hebrews 5:14

But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.

Psalm 119:66

Teach me good judgment, wise and right discernment, and knowledge, for I have believed (trusted, relied on, and clung to) Your commandments.

Philippians 1:9

And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment],

1 Corinthians 1:19

For it is written, I will baffle and render useless and destroy the learning of the learned and the philosophy of the philosophers and the cleverness of the clever and the discernment of the discerning; I will frustrate and nullify [them] and bring [them] to nothing.

Ezekiel 44:23

The priests shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the common or profane, and cause them to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.

Proverbs 2:3

Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

1 Corinthians 12:10

To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight ( the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret [such] tongues.

Philippians 1:10

So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].

1 Kings 3:9

So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge and rule this Your great people?

Proverbs 10:13

On the lips of him who has discernment skillful and godly Wisdom is found, but discipline and the rod are for the back of him who is without sense and understanding.

1 Corinthians 2:15

But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].

Luke 12:56

You playactors (hypocrites)! You know how [intelligently] to discern and interpret and prove the looks of the earth and sky; but how is it that you do not know how to discern and interpret and apply the proof to this present time?

Deuteronomy 1:13

Choose wise, understanding, experienced, and respected men according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.

Malachi 3:18

Then shall you return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him.

1 Kings 3:11

God said to him, Because you have asked this and have not asked for long life or for riches, nor for the lives of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to recognize what is just and right,

Proverbs 14:8

The Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of [self-confident] fools is to deceive.

1 Kings 4:29

And God gave Solomon exceptionally much wisdom and understanding, and breadth of mind like the sand of the seashore.

1 Corinthians 11:31

For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed [by the divine judgment].

Proverbs 3:21

My son, let them not escape from your sight, but keep sound and godly Wisdom and discretion,

Deuteronomy 32:28

For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.

Proverbs 17:10

A reproof enters deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred lashes into a [self-confident] fool.

Proverbs 1:2

That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,

Proverbs 10:23

It is as sport to a [self-confident] fool to do wickedness, but to have skillful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding.

Proverbs 8:9

They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it].

1 Corinthians 11:29

For anyone who eats and drinks without discriminating and recognizing with due appreciation that [it is Christ's] body, eats and drinks a sentence (a verdict of judgment) upon himself.

Proverbs 16:21

The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].

Psalm 119:125

I am Your servant; give me understanding (discernment and comprehension), that I may know (discern and be familiar with the character of) Your testimonies.

Proverbs 2:9

Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and fair dealing [in every area and relation]; yes, you will understand every good path.

1 Corinthians 14:29

So let two or three prophets speak [those inspired to preach or teach], while the rest pay attention and weigh and discern what is said.

Matthew 16:3

And in the morning, It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and has a gloomy and threatening look. You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

Proverbs 17:24

A man of understanding sets skillful and godly Wisdom before his face, but the eyes of a [self-confident] fool are on the ends of the earth.

Hosea 14:9

Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Prudent, that he may know them? For the ways of the Lord are right and the [uncompromisingly] just shall walk in them, but transgressors shall stumble and fall in them.

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.

Job 12:20

He deprives of speech those who are trusted and takes away the discernment and discretion of the aged.

Proverbs 1:5

The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly] -- "

Proverbs 18:15

The mind of the prudent is ever getting knowledge, and the ear of the wise is ever seeking (inquiring for and craving) knowledge.

Deuteronomy 4:6

So keep them and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

Proverbs 20:5

Counsel in the heart of man is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding draws it out.

Isaiah 29:14

Therefore, behold! I will again do marvelous things with this people, marvelous and astonishing things; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the understanding of their discerning men will vanish or be hidden.

Psalm 119:100

I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them].

Isaiah 44:18

They do not know or understand, for their eyes God has let become besmeared so that they cannot see, and their minds as well so that they cannot understand.

From Thematic Bible


Discernment » Satanic

Mark 1:24

What have You to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are -- "the Holy One of God!

Luke 4:41

And demons even came out of many people, screaming and crying out, You are the Son of God! But He rebuked them and would not permit them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ (the Messiah).

Mark 1:34

And He cured many who were afflicted with various diseases; and He drove out many demons, but would not allow the demons to talk because they knew Him [ intuitively].

Mark 5:7

And crying out with a loud voice, he said, What have You to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? [What is there in common between us?] I solemnly implore you by God, do not begin to torment me!

Satanic » Discernment

Mark 1:24

What have You to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are -- "the Holy One of God!

Luke 4:41

And demons even came out of many people, screaming and crying out, You are the Son of God! But He rebuked them and would not permit them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ (the Messiah).

Mark 1:34

And He cured many who were afflicted with various diseases; and He drove out many demons, but would not allow the demons to talk because they knew Him [ intuitively].

Mark 5:7

And crying out with a loud voice, he said, What have You to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? [What is there in common between us?] I solemnly implore you by God, do not begin to torment me!

Spiritual » Desire select readings, psalms 42; 84 » Discernment

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.

1 Kings 3:9

So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge and rule this Your great people?

Isaiah 11:3

And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears;

Isaiah 7:15

Butter and curds and wild honey shall he eat when he knows [enough] to refuse the evil and choose the good.

Hebrews 5:14

But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.

Topics on Discernment

Asking For Discernment

19;119;66

Teach me good judgment, wise and right discernment, and knowledge, for I have believed (trusted, relied on, and clung to) Your commandments.

Discernment Of Governors

1;41;39

And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Forasmuch as [your] God has shown you all this, there is nobody as intelligent and discreet and understanding and wise as you are.

Discernment of Jesus

43;2;25

And He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature. [He could read men's hearts.]

Discernment, Nature Of

20;15;21

Folly is pleasure to him who is without heart and sense, but a man of understanding walks uprightly [making straight his course].

Discernment, Source Of

27;2;21

He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding!

Evil Spirits Discernment

41;1;23-24

Just at that time there was in their synagogue a man [who was in the power] of an unclean spirit; and now [immediately] he raised a deep and terrible cry from the depths of his throat, saying,

Lack Of Discernment

5;1;39

Moreover, your little ones whom you said would become a prey, and your children who at this time cannot discern between good and evil, they shall enter Canaan, and to them I will give it and they shall possess it.

Spiritual Discernment

12;4;9

And she said to her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God who passes by continually.