Day 137 of 365 – May 17 - Chronological Bible

Proverbs 22:17-21

Words of the Wise

Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,

and apply your heart to my knowledge,

for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

if all of them are ready on your lips.

That your trust may be in the Lord,

I have made them known to you today, even to you.

Have I not written for you thirty sayings

of counsel and knowledge,

to make you know what is right and true,

that you may give a true answer

to those who sent you?

Proverbs 1:1-7

The Beginning of Knowledge

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

To know wisdom and instruction,

to understand words of insight,

to receive instruction in wise dealing,

in righteousness, justice, and equity;

to give prudence to the simple,

knowledge and discretion to the youth—

Let the wise hear and increase in learning,

and the one who understands obtain guidance,

to understand a proverb and a saying,

the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 25:1

More Proverbs of Solomon

These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

Proverbs 9:10-12

The Way of Wisdom

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

For by me your days will be multiplied,

and years will be added to your life.

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;

if you scoff, you alone will bear it.


The fear of the Lord prolongs life,

but the years of the wicked will be short.


Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord,

but he who is devious in his ways despises him.


In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,

and his children will have a refuge.

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

that one may turn away from the snares of death.


The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,

and humility comes before honor.


The fear of the Lord leads to life,

and whoever has it rests satisfied;

he will not be visited by harm.


Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always,

but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

Be not wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your flesh

and refreshment to your bones.

14:12 (16:25)

There is a way that seems right to a man,

but its end is the way to death.


Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.


Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good,

and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.


A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,

but only in expressing his opinion.


The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;

the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.


The name of the Lord is a strong tower;

the righteous man runs into it and is safe.


When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,

his heart rages against the Lord.


A man’s steps are from the Lord;

how then can man understand his way?


A wise man scales the city of the mighty

and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.


Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.


Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,

but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.


The fear of man lays a snare,

but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

Proverbs 15:3

Providence of the Lord

The eyes of the Lord are in every place,

keeping watch on the evil and the good.


The plans of the heart belong to man,

but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.


The Lord has made everything for its purpose,

even the wicked for the day of trouble.


The heart of man plans his way,

but the Lord establishes his steps.


The lot is cast into the lap,

but its every decision is from the Lord.


Many are the plans in the mind of a man,

but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.


No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel

can avail against the Lord.

The horse is made ready for the day of battle,

but the victory belongs to the Lord.


The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,

but he overthrows the words of the traitor.


Do not boast about tomorrow,

for you do not know what a day may bring.

Proverbs 13:14

The Wise and Fools

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,

that one may turn away from the snares of death.


The crown of the wise is their wealth,

but the folly of fools brings folly.


The path of life leads upward for the prudent,

that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.


Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,

but the instruction of fools is folly.


Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs

rather than a fool in his folly.


Wisdom is too high for a fool;

in the gate he does not open his mouth.


My son, eat honey, for it is good,

and the drippings of the honeycomb

are sweet to your taste.

Know that wisdom is such to your soul;

if you find it, there will be a future,

and your hope will not be cut off.


Answer not a fool according to his folly,

lest you be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly,

lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool

cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless,

is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Like one who binds the stone in the sling

is one who gives honor to a fool.

Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard

is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Like an archer who wounds everyone

is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.

Like a dog that returns to his vomit

is a fool who repeats his folly.


Crush a fool in a mortar

with a pestle along with crushed grain,

yet his folly will not depart from him.


If a wise man has an argument with a fool,

the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Proverbs 10:13

Wisdom and Understanding

On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,

but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.


Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,

but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.


Good sense wins favor,

but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.


A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,

but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.


The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,

but the folly of fools is deceiving.


The simple believes everything,

but the prudent gives thought to his steps.


Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,

but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.


Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense,

but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.


How much better to get wisdom than gold!

To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.


The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,

but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.


Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;

he who keeps understanding will discover good.


The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,

but a man of understanding will draw it out.


The hearing ear and the seeing eye,

the Lord has made them both.

Proverbs 10:14


The wise lay up knowledge,

but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.


In everything the prudent acts with knowledge,

but a fool flaunts his folly.


The simple inherit folly,

but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.


The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,

but the mouths of fools feed on folly.


An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,

and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.


Desire without knowledge is not good,

and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.


There is gold and abundance of costly stones,

but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.


When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;

when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge


Apply your heart to instruction

and your ear to words of knowledge.


By wisdom a house is built,

and by understanding it is established;

by knowledge the rooms are filled

with all precious and pleasant riches.

Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith