'Wise' in the Bible
And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.
So when morning came his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians and all the wise men of Egypt. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but not one could interpret them to [him].
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.
Then Pharaoh called for the wise men [skilled in magic and divination] and the sorcerers (wizards and jugglers). And they also, these magicians of Egypt, did similar things with their enchantments and secret arts.
And all the wise and able men who were doing the work on the sanctuary came, every man from the work he was doing,
Choose wise, understanding, experienced, and respected men according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.
So I took the heads of your tribes, wise, experienced, and respected men, and made them heads over you, commanders of thousands, and hundreds, and fifties, and tens, and officers according to your tribes.
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.
You shall not misinterpret or misapply judgment; you shall not be partial, or take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.
O that they were wise and would see through this [present triumph] to their ultimate fate!
Her wise ladies answered her, yet she repeated her words to herself,
And Joab sent to Tekoah and brought from there a wise woman and said to her, Pretend to be a mourner; put on mourning apparel, do not anoint yourself with oil, but act like a woman who has long been mourning for the dead.
Then a wise woman of the city cried, Hear, hear! Say to Joab, Come here so I can speak to you.
So do not hold him guiltless; for you are a wise man and know what you should do to him. His hoary head bring down to the grave with blood.
Behold, I have done as you asked. I have given you a wise, discerning mind, so that no one before you was your equal, nor shall any arise after you equal to you.
When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, Blessed be the Lord this day, Who has given David a wise son to be over this great people.
The lot for the east fell to Shelemiah. They cast lots also for Zechariah his son, a wise counselor, and his lot came out for the north.
Also Jonathan, David's uncle, was a counselor, a wise man and a scribe; he and Jehiel son of Hachmoni attended the king's sons [as tutors].
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.
Then the king spoke to the wise men who knew the times -- "for this was the king's procedure toward all who were familiar with law and judgment -- "
And Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the offspring of the Jews, you cannot prevail against him, but shall surely fall before him.
He catches the [so-called] wise in their own trickiness, and the counsel of the schemers is brought to a quick end.
[God] is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has [ever] hardened himself against Him and prospered or even been safe?
No doubt you are the [only wise] people [in the world], and wisdom will die with you!
Is it not the task of the ear to discriminate between [wise and unwise] words, just as the mouth distinguishes [between desirable and undesirable] food?
Oh, that you would altogether hold your peace! Then you would evidence your wisdom and you might pass for wise men.
Should a wise man utter such windy knowledge [as we have just heard] and fill himself with the east wind [of withering, parching, and violent accusations]?
Are you the first man that was born [the original wise man]? Or were you created before the hills?
What wise men have not hid but have freely communicated; it was told to them by their fathers,
But as for you, come on again, all of you, though I find not a wise man among you.
Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he that is wise is profitable to himself.
It is not the great [necessarily] who are wise, nor [always] the aged who understand justice.
You see, I waited for your words, I listened to your wise reasons, while you searched out what to say.
Hear my words, you wise men, and give ear to me, you who have [so much] knowledge.
Men of understanding will tell me, indeed, every wise man who hears me [will agree],
Men therefore [reverently] fear Him; He regards and respects not any who are wise in heart [in their own understanding and conceit].
[Since you question the manner of the Almighty's rule] deck yourself now with the excellency and dignity [of the Supreme Ruler, and yourself undertake the government of the world if you are so wise], and array yourself with honor and majesty.
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The words of his mouth are wrong and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
For he sees that even wise men die; the [self-confident] fool and the stupid alike perish and leave their wealth to others.
Consider and understand, you stupid ones among the people! And you [self-confident] fools, when will you become wise?
Whoso is wise [if there be any truly wise] will observe and heed these things; and they will diligently consider the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord.
Teach me good judgment, wise and right discernment, and knowledge, for I have believed (trusted, relied on, and clung to) Your commandments.
Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity,
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] -- "
That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.
Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.
The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on [self-confident] fools.
That you may exercise proper discrimination and discretion and your lips may guard and keep knowledge and the wise answer [to temptation].
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise! -- "
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not refuse or neglect it.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man (one upright and in right standing with God) and he will increase in learning.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scorn, you alone will bear it and pay the penalty.
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish and self-confident son is the grief of his mother.
He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
The wise in heart will accept and obey commandments, but the foolish of lips will fall headlong.
Wise men store up knowledge [in mind and heart], but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.
Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind, and the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.
The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men -- "he gathers and receives them for eternity].
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise.
There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A wise son heeds [and is the fruit of] his father's instruction and correction, but a scoffer listens not to rebuke.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.
He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it.
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
In the fool's own mouth is a rod [to shame] his pride, but the wise men's lips preserve them.
A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, but the fool bears himself insolently and is [presumptuously] confident.
The crown of the wise is their wealth of Wisdom, but the foolishness of [self-confident] fools is [nothing but] folly.
The king's favor is toward a wise and discreet servant, but his wrath is against him who does shamefully.
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.
A scorner has no love for one who rebukes him; neither will he go to the wise [for counsel].
A wise son makes a glad father, but a self-confident and foolish man despises his mother and puts her to shame.
The path of the wise leads upward to life, that he may avoid [the gloom] in the depths of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).
The ear that listens to the reproof [that leads to or gives] life will remain among the wise.
The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].
The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning and persuasiveness to his lips.
A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall share in the inheritance among the brothers.
Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding.
He who willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment.
The words of a [discreet and wise] man's mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the fountain of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].
The mind of the prudent is ever getting knowledge, and the ear of the wise is ever seeking (inquiring for and craving) knowledge.
House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a wise, understanding, and prudent wife is from the Lord.
Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler; and whoever errs or reels because of it is not wise.
A wise king winnows out the wicked [from among the good] and brings the threshing wheel over them [to separate the chaff from the grain].
When the scoffer is punished, the fool gets a lesson in being wise; but men of [godly] Wisdom and good sense learn by being instructed.
There are precious treasures and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a self-confident and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.
A wise man scales the city walls of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;
My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will be glad, even mine;
Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way [of the Lord].
The father of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) shall greatly rejoice, and he who becomes the father of a wise child shall have joy in him.
A wise man is strong and is better than a strong man, and a man of knowledge increases and strengthens his power;
For by wise counsel you can wage your war, and in an abundance of counselors there is victory and safety.
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