The Life-Changing Book of Proverbs Quotes
The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by humans inspired by the Holy Spirit. One of the best books that I really cherished and enjoyed is none other than the Book of Proverbs.
Do You Know Who Wrote the Book of Proverbs?
The Book of Proverbs/Wisdom was written by, supposedly, the wisest man on earth - King Solomon. Well, for the most part of the book anyway.
According to scholars, the rest of the compilations of wise words were written by sages and old Kings. But some scholars believe that these sages and kings were actually King Solomon himself.
Ok. Let’s take a closer look at the Book of Proverbs.
How is the Book of Proverbs structured?
- Proverbs 1-22 - written by King Solomon
- Proverbs 22:17 - 34 - wise sayings by the teacher
- Proverbs 23 - 29 - some quotes by King Solomon copied by Officials of King Hezekiah of Judah
- Proverbs 30 - Words of Agur ben Jakar (Arabian Sage)
- Proverbs 31: 1-9 - Words from King Lemuel of Massa
- Proverbs 31:10-31 - The Ideal Virtuous Woman
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Here, we have compiled 70 Life-changing Quotes of Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs. Reflect on them, gain wisdom and they will save you life.
What does the Book of Proverbs say about Wisdom?
#1 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)
#2 “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” Proverbs 3:7 (NKJV)
#3 "Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:6-7 (NIV)
#4 “Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)
#5 "For whoever finds me(wisdom) finds life and obtains the favor of the LORD." Proverbs 8:35 (NIV)
Book of Proverbs Quotes for Sons & Daughters (NIV)
#1 “A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.” Proverbs13:1
#2 “The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him..” Proverbs 23:24
#3 "The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother..” Proverbs 10:1
#4 “A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.” Proverbs15:20
#5 “A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth..” Proverbs 29:3
#6 “A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.” Proverbs 15:5
#7 “To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.” Proverbs 17:21
#8 “A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.” Proverbs 17:25
#9 “A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.” Proverbs 19:13
#10 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 17:6
#11 “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction And do not forsake your mother’s teaching; Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.” Proverbs1:8-9
#12 “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15
#13 “On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.” Proverbs 10:13
#14 “Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.” Proverb 29:17
#15 “A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.“ Proverb 29:15
#16 “Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22
#17 "If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness." This could be seen as you losing the light of God.” Proverbs 20:20
#18 "The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures." Proverbs 30:17
You Need these Book of Proverbs Quotes for Adults! (NIV)
#1 “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs10:19
#2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs11:2
#3 "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs11:30
#4 “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” Proverbs13:10
#5 “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
#6 “The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.” Proverbs 14:6
Only with humility can one find wisdom and understanding. Mockers are proud - that is why they dare to mock others.. But they can be wise too, if they want..
#7 “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” Proverbs 14:8
#8 “Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.” Proverbs 14:33
#9 “The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.” Proverbs 15:24
#10 “He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.” Proverbs 15:31
#11 “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!” Proverbs 16:16
#12 “A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” Proverbs 17:24
#13 “Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.” Proverbs 19:11
#14 “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” Proverbs 19:20
#15 “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1
Though a little wine is good for health, excessive wine destroys both health, mind and self control and leads to sin.. Stay away from drunkenness!!
#16 ”Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.” Proverbs 22:8
#17 “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.” Proverbs22:10
#18 “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.” Proverbs 22:24 - 25
#19 “Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house — too much of you, and they will hate you..” Proverbs 25:17
#20 “Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look..” Proverbs 25:23
#21 “He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears.” Proverbs 26:17
#22 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” Proverbs27:4
#23 “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no tale bearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife” Proverbs 26:20 - 21
#24 Proverbs 28:25 - “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.”
#25 Proverbs 29:8 - “Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath.”
#26 “If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace..” Proverbs 29:9
#27 “The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being.” Proverbs 29:10
#28 “An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.” Proverbs29:22
#29 “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.” Proverbs 19:11
#30 “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
#31 “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 your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Book of Proverbs Quotes about the Use of Words/Tongue (NIV)
#1 “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs12:18
#2 “The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4
#3 “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” Proverbs29:11
Book of Proverbs Quotes for Parents (NIV)
#1 “A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.” Proverbs 29:15
#2 "The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them!" Proverbs 20:7
Book of Proverbs Quotes about Anger & Strive
#1 "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1
#2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.” Proverbs 20:2
#3 “If you stay calm, you are wise, but if you have a hot temper, you only show how stupid you are.” Proverbs 14:29
#4 “A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated.” Proverbs 14:17
#5 “Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.” Proverbs 21:9
#6 “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.” Proverbs 17:1
#7 “A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.” Proverbs 21:14
#8 “The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.” Proverbs 18:6
#9 “Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart..” Proverbs 18:18
#10 "A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.” Proverbs 18:19
#11 “If someone has a hot temper, let him take the consequences. If you get him out of trouble once, you will have to do it again.” Proverbs 19:19
How to Choose a Perfect Woman?
#1 "A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but she who causes shame is like decay in his bones." Proverbs 12:4
#2 "Houses and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the LORD." Proverbs 19:14
#3 "A wife of noble character, who can find? She is far more precious than rubies." Proverbs 31:10
What does Proverbs 31 say about the Perfect Virtuous Woman?
Proverbs 31:10-31 below describes the Perfect Woman/Wife
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
In Summary, a Perfect Virtuous Woman according to Proverbs 31, is:
- Trustworthy, supportive and dedicated to her husband
- Sensible, Hardworking and money-wise
- Loving mother, generous and cares for the needy
- God-fearing and wise
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