Archive for the 'Wisdom' Category

Wisdom’s Rewards


A wise man will be the beneficiary of rewards – he will receive honor, wealth and, most importantly, more wisdom:

NAU Proverbs 3:35 The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

NIV Proverbs 14:24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.

NIV Proverbs 9:9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.



A wise man values discernment. He will ‘hang’ with other wise men and be on the look out for the foolish and avoid their company:

NIV Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

NIV Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.

Wise men develop their memory


A wise man strives to remember what he has learned:

NIV Proverbs 10:14 Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

Developing Wisdom


If a wise man is engaged in an internal war with pride, he must also be developing humility. Proverbs has much to say about developing this valuable quality in your life based on seeking and accepting counsel from others.

A wise man heeds instructions:

NAU Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

NAU Proverbs 8:33 “Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.

NIV Proverbs 21:11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.

A wise man accepts reproof (being rebuked when at fault):

NIV Proverbs 9:8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

NIV Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

A wise man seeks advice from other wise men:

NIV Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.

NIV Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.

A Wise Man


Last week we took an abbreviated look at a fool. It was not an exhaustive examination but a brief excursion.

This week we will be more positive and examine the attributes of a wise man from the Book of Proverbs. Again, it will not be exhaustive but focusing on foundational qualities.

The wise man has an internal war with pride:

NIV Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

NIV Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

The wise man recognizes that wisdom does not come from wealth or materialistic success:

NIV Proverbs 28:11 A rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.