The mind of the prudent is ever getting knowledge, and the ear of the wise is ever seeking (inquiring for and craving) knowledge.
I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion.
The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge and inquires after and craves it, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool feeds on folly.
Wise men store up knowledge [in mind and heart], but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.
The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge [sifting it as chaff from the grain]; not so the minds and hearts of the self-confident and foolish.
Every prudent man deals with knowledge, but a [self-confident] fool exposes and flaunts his folly.
The simple acquire folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.
Whoever loves instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.
That you may exercise proper discrimination and discretion and your lips may guard and keep knowledge and the wise answer [to temptation].
For wisdom is a defense even as money is a defense, but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom shields and preserves the life of him who has it.
Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
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.
For the priest's lips should guard and keep pure the knowledge [of My law], and the people should seek (inquire for and require) instruction at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
And if you had only known what this saying means, I desire mercy [readiness to help, to spare, to forgive] rather than sacrifice and sacrificial victims, you would not have condemned the guiltless.
You are] a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the childish, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and truth -- "