'Wise' in the Bible
So I became great, greater than anyone who had lived before me in Jerusalem. Throughout all of this, I remained wise.
The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.
And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
Don't say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not wise of you to ask this.
Wise use of possessions is good; it brings benefit to the living.
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.
Among the things I seek but have not found: one man among a thousand I did find, but I have not found one woman to be wise among all these.
Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.
Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart [if you are righteous, wise, and in the hands of God], for God has already accepted your works.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
I have also seen wisdom under the sun on this wise, and it seemed great unto me:
Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
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