'Wise' in the Bible
When the woman saw that the tree produced good food, was attractive in appearance, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. Then she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate some, too.
The very next morning, he was frustrated about the dream, so he sent word to summon all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them what he had dreamed, but no one could interpret them.
Therefore let Pharaoh select a wise, discerning person to place in charge over the land of Egypt.
Since God has revealed all of this to you," Pharaoh told Joseph, "there is no one so wise and discerning as you.
Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and sorcerers, and they along with the Egyptian magicians did the same thing with their secret arts.
Choose for yourselves wise and discerning men, known to your tribes, and appoint them as your leaders.
So I chose leaders from your tribes, wise and respected men, and I appointed them over you commanders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.
Observe them carefully, because this will show your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of people who'll listen to all these decrees. Then they'll say: "Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people.'
You must not twist justice, show favoritism, or take bribes, because a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the speech of the righteous.
Therefore, keep the terms of this covenant, carrying them out so that you'll be wise in everything you do."
O, that they were wise to understand this and consider their future!
Her wise attendants find an answer for her; in fact, she tells the same words to herself:
so he sent messengers to Tekoa to bring a wise woman from there. He told her, "Please play the role of a mourner, wear the clothes of a mourner, and refrain from using makeup. Act like a woman who's been in mourning for the dead for many days.
"As your soul lives, your majesty, the king," the woman answered, "no one can divert anything left or right from what your majesty the king has spoken! As a matter of fact, it was your servant Joab! He was there, giving me precise orders about everything that your humble servant was to say. Your servant Joab did this, intending to change the outcome of this matter. Nevertheless, your majesty is wise, like the wisdom of the angel of God, to be aware of everything that's going on throughout the earth."
Just then a wise woman called out from the city. "Attention!" she said, "Go tell Joab "Come here! I want to talk to you!'"
But don't let him off unpunished, since you're a wise man and you'll know what you need to do to him. Find a way that he dies in his old age by shedding his blood."
"Because you asked for this, and you didn't ask for a long life for yourself, and you didn't ask for the lives of your enemies, but instead you've asked for discernment so you can understand how to govern, look how I'm going to do precisely what you asked. I'm giving you a wise and discerning mind, so that there will have been no one like you before you and no one will arise after you like you.
As soon as Hiram received the message from Solomon, he became so ecstatic that he exclaimed, "Blessed be the LORD today, who has given David a wise son to rule this great people!" Then he sent this message to Solomon:
the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, whose father was from Tyre. A bronze worker, he was wise, knowledgeable, and was skilled in all sorts of bronze working. He went to King Solomon and did all of his work.
All the earth continued to seek audiences with Solomon so they could hear the wise things that God had put in his heart.
The lot for the eastern gate fell to Shelemiah. They also cast lots for his son Zechariah, who was a wise counselor, and his lot indicated the northern gate.
Hiram also wrote: "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth. He gave King David a wise son, who is acquainted with discretion and understanding, and who is building a temple to the LORD, as well as a royal palace for himself.
All the kings of the earth continued to seek audiences with Solomon so they could hear the wise things that God had put in his heart.
Rehoboam was wise to distribute some of his children throughout all of the territories of Judah and Benjamin, placing them in all of the fortified cities. He allotted them abundant supplies of food and sought many wives for them.
Then the king flew into a rage. The king spoke to the wise men who understood the times, for it was the king's custom to consult all those who understood law and justice.
Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His wise friends and his wife Zeresh told him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is one of the Jewish people, you won't prevail against him. Instead, you will surely fall before him."
He captures the wise in their own craftiness, bringing a quick end to their cunning advice.
He is wise in heart and strong in will who can be stubborn against him and succeed?
and disclose his wise secrets? After all, there's so much more to understanding. So be aware that God will exact from you less than your sin deserves."
I wish you'd all just shut up. Then at least you would appear to be wise.
"Should a wise person respond with knowledge based on wind? Should he fill his stomach with a wind storm from the east?
which is what wise men have explained, who didn't withhold anything from their ancestors.
"Can a human being be useful to God, since he, who is wise, is sufficient to himself?
"The aged aren't always wise, nor do the elderly always understand justice.
"Listen to what I have to say, you wise men! Pay attention to me, you educated people!
"Men of understanding, speak to me! Are any of you men wise? Then listen to me!
Therefore humanity fears him, which none of the wise can quite comprehend."
The Law of the LORD is perfect, restoring life. The testimony of the LORD is steadfast, making foolish people wise.
Indeed, he will see wise people die; the stupid and the senseless will meet their doom and leave their wealth to others.
You will guide me with your wise advice, and later you will receive me with honor.
Pay attention, you dull ones among the crowds! You fools! Will you ever become wise?
to discipline his rulers at will and make his elders wise.
Let whoever is wise observe these things, that they may comprehend the gracious love of the LORD. A song. A Davidic psalm.
for acquiring the discipline that produces wise behavior, righteousness, justice, and upright living;
Let the wise listen and increase their learning; let the person of understanding receive guidance
in understanding proverbs, clever sayings, words of the wise, and their riddles.
Do not be wise in your own opinion. Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
The wise will inherit honor, but he holds fools up for ridicule.
Go to the ant, you lazy man! Observe its ways and become wise.
Listen to instruction and be wise. Don't ignore it.
Don't rebuke a mocker or he will hate you. Rebuke a wise person, and he will love you.
Counsel a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will add to his learning.
If you are wise, your wisdom will assist you. If you mock, you alone will be held responsible.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grieves his mother.
The wise person accepts commands, but the chattering fool will be brought down.
Those who are wise store up knowledge, but when the fool speaks, destruction is near.
Whoever troubles his household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be a servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who wins people is wise.
A man is praised because of his wise words, but the perverted mind will be despised.
The lifestyle of the fool is right in his own opinion, but wise is the man who listens to advice.
Some speak rashly like the cutting of a sword, but what the wise say promotes healing.
A wise son heeds a father's correction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.
Arrogance only brings quarreling, but those receiving advice are wise.
What the wise have to teach is a fountain of life and causes someone to avoid the snares of death.
Whoever keeps company with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.
Every wise woman builds up her household, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
What a fool says brings a rod to his back, but the words of the wise protect them.
The wise person fears and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and overconfident.
The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the stupidity of fools is just that stupidity!
The king approves the wise servant, but he is angry at anyone who acts shamefully.
The wise speak, presenting knowledge appropriately, but fools spout foolishness.
What the wise have to say disseminates knowledge, but it's not in the heart of fools to do so.
The arrogant mocker never loves the one who corrects him; he will not inquire of the wise.
A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.
The way of life leads upward for the wise so he may avoid Sheol below.
Whoever listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
The king's wrath results in a death sentence, but whoever is wise will appease him.
A wise person's thoughts control his words, and his speech promotes instruction.
Even a fool is thought to be wise when he remains silent; he is thought to be prudent when he keeps his mouth shut.
The mind of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and you'll be wise for the rest of your life.
A wise king sifts the wicked, crushing them with the threshing wheel.
When a mocker is punished, the fool gains wisdom; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Precious treasures and oil are found where the wise live, but a foolish man devours them.
A wise man attacks the city of the mighty, bringing down the fortress in which they trust.
Pay attention and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my teaching,
Don't speak when a fool is listening, because he'll despise your wise words.
My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart will greatly rejoice.
Listen, my son, and be wise, commit yourself to live God's way.
The father of a righteous person will greatly rejoice; whoever fathers a wise son will be glad because of him.
A wise man is strong, and a knowledgeable man grows in strength.
For through wise counsel you will wage your war, and victory lies in an abundance of advisors.
Here are some more proverbs from wise people: It isn't good to show partiality in judgment.
Like a gold earring and a necklace of pure gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Answer a fool according to his foolishness, or he will think himself to be wise.
Do you see a man who is wise in his own opinion? There's more hope for a fool than for him.
Be wise, my son, and make me happy, so I can reply to anyone who insults me.
The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.
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