'Understanding' in the Bible
So now let Pharaoh seek out and provide a man discreet, understanding, proficient, and wise and set him over the land of Egypt [as governor].
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.
God saw the Israelites and took knowledge of them and concerned Himself about them [knowing all, understanding, remembering all].
And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and ability, in understanding and intelligence, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,
Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.
And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and wisdom, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge and all craftsmanship,
Bezalel and Aholiab and every wisehearted man in whom the Lord has put wisdom and understanding to know how to do all the work for the service of the sanctuary shall work according to all that the Lord has commanded.
Choose wise, understanding, experienced, and respected men according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.
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.
For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.
The man's name was Nabal and his wife's name was Abigail; she was a woman of good understanding, and beautiful. But the man was rough and evil in his doings; he was a Calebite.
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?
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,
And God gave Solomon exceptionally much wisdom and understanding, and breadth of mind like the sand of the seashore.
He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. He was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill to do any kind of work in bronze. So he came to King Solomon and did all his [bronze] work.
And of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs; and all their kinsmen were under their command;
Only may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding as you are put in charge of Israel, that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.
Hiram said also, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, Who made heaven and earth, Who has given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, who should build a house for the Lord and a royal palace as his capitol.
Now I have sent a skilled man, endued with understanding, even Huram-abi, my trusted counselor,
Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites who had good understanding in the Lord's work. So the people ate the seven-day appointed feast, offering peace offerings, making confession [and giving thanks] to the Lord, the God of their fathers.
And by the good hand of our God upon us, they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli son of Levi, the son of Israel, named Sherebiah, with his sons and his kinsmen, 18;
And Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of both men and women and all who could hear with understanding, on the first of the seventh month.
And the rest of the people -- "the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, Nethinim [temple servants], and all they who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, their daughters, all who had knowledge and understanding -- "
And that He would show you the secrets of wisdom! For He is manifold in understanding! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your guilt and iniquity [deserve].
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these [of God's wisdom and might]?
With the aged [you say] is wisdom, and with length of days comes understanding.
But [only] with [God] are [perfect] wisdom and might; He [alone] has [true] counsel and understanding.
He takes away understanding from the leaders of the people of the land and of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no path.
But their hearts [Lord] You have closed to understanding; therefore You will not let them triumph [by giving them a verdict against me].
I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame, but out of my understanding my spirit answers me.
He stills or stirs up the sea by His power, and by His understanding He smites proud Rahab.
But where shall Wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
From where then does Wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?
But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord -- "that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
But there is [a vital force] a spirit [of intelligence] in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives men understanding.
Therefore hear me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God that He should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that He should commit iniquity.
If now you have understanding, hear this; listen to my words.
Men of understanding will tell me, indeed, every wise man who hears me [will agree],
Behold! God is mighty, and yet despises no one nor regards anything as trivial; He is mighty in power of understanding and heart.
Men therefore [reverently] fear Him; He regards and respects not any who are wise in heart [in their own understanding and conceit].
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Declare to Me, if you have and know understanding.
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts [or in the dark clouds]? Or who has given understanding to the mind [or to the meteor]?
For God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has He imparted to her understanding.
Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you.
For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises in a skillful psalm and with understanding.
My mouth shall speak wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
Have those who work evil no knowledge (no understanding)? They eat up My people as they eat bread; they do not call upon God.
The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever.
Give me understanding, that I may keep Your law; yes, I will observe it with my whole heart.
Your hands have made me, cunningly fashioned and established me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers, because Your testimonies are my meditation.
Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
I am Your servant; give me understanding (discernment and comprehension), that I may know (discern and be familiar with the character of) Your testimonies.
The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.
Your righteous testimonies are everlasting and Your decrees are binding to eternity; give me understanding and I shall live [give me discernment and comprehension and I shall not die].
Let my mournful cry and supplication come [near] before You, O Lord; give me understanding (discernment and comprehension) according to Your word [of assurance and promise].
To Him Who by wisdom and understanding made the heavens, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;
Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless.
That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,
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] -- "
Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];
Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you,
[Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you] to deliver you from the alien woman, from the outsider with her flattering words,
So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight [or judgment] of God and man.
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God's Word and life's experiences],
The Lord by skillful and godly Wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding He has established the heavens.
Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.
The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).
My son, be attentive to my Wisdom [godly Wisdom learned by actual and costly experience], and incline your ear to my understanding [of what is becoming and prudent for you],
But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks heart and understanding (moral principle and prudence); he who does it is destroying his own life.
Say to skillful and godly Wisdom, You are my sister, and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend -- "
Does not skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?
O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart.
I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power.
Whoever is simple (easily led astray and wavering), let him turn in here! As for him who lacks understanding, [God's] Wisdom says to him,
Leave off, simple ones [forsake the foolish and simpleminded] and live! And walk in the way of insight and understanding.
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding.
Whoever is simple (wavering and easily led astray), let him turn in here! And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
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.
The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous feed and guide many, but fools die for want of understanding and heart.
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.
He who belittles and despises his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.
He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.
Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard [like the barren, dry soil or the impassable swamp].
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exposes and exalts his folly.
Wisdom rests [silently] in the mind and heart of him who has understanding, but that which is in the inward part of [self-confident] fools is made known.
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.
Folly is pleasure to him who is without heart and sense, but a man of understanding walks uprightly [making straight his course].
He who refuses and ignores instruction and correction despises himself, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.
How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].
Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly.
A reproof enters deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred lashes into a [self-confident] fool.
Of what use is money in the hand of a [self-confident] fool to buy skillful and godly Wisdom -- "when he has no understanding or heart for it?
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.
He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.
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