What Does the Bible Say About Wisdom? With Scripture References

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Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about wisdom?” with specific Bible references.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about wisdom?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes wisdom in different contexts. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines wisdom as “The act of forgiving; the pardon of an offender, by which he is considered and treated as not guilty.”

Now armed with a basic wisdom definition, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the word wisdom, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about wisdom, scroll on for additional detail.

Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about wisdom and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.

What Does the Bible Say About Wisdom?


Proverbs 2:6

“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 3:13

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”

Proverbs 4:5-7

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Proverbs 8:11

“For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

1 Corinthians 1:24

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 3:19

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”

Colossians 1:28

“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”

James 1:5

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”


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Tim is the Founder and Ministerial Editor at Lord's Library, a Christian resource hub focused on helping readers grow their faith in Jesus Christ. Tim became a Christian in April 2021 and believes 1 Peter 4:11 commands him to share The Gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) "as of the ability which God giveth."

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