A Topical Summary of Proverbs

From the New King James Version
Arranged by Timothy M. Youngblood

Presented by: The Master's Table

I do love these sayings because I do believe that Wisdom is the Eye into the Mind of God.
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Prov 25:12 "Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear."

Prov 1:1-9 "The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion -- A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck."


Prov 2:6-12 "For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things,"

Prov 4:5-10 "Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you. Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many."

Prov 5:1-11 "My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding, That you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of hell. Lest you ponder her path of life-- her ways are unstable; you do not know them. Therefore hear me now, my children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Remove your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one; Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner; And you mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed,"

Prov 7:4-5 "Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your nearest kin, That they may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words."

Prov 8:11 "For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her."

Prov 15:20 "A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother."

Prov 13:20 "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed."

Prov 9:9-10 "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Prov 10:14 "Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction."

Prov 10:19-21 "In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom."

Prov 21:23 "Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles."

Prov 14:1 "The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands."

Prov 14:16 "A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident."

Prov 15:2 " The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness."

Prov 15:7 "The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool does not do so."

Prov 15:33 "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility."

Prov 31:10-28 "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:"

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Prov 14:15
"The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps."

Prov 24:9 "The devising of foolishness is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men."

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

Prov 26:5 "Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes."

Prov 17:25 "A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him."

Prov 18:13 "He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him."

Prov 29:20 "Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him."

Prov 14:3 "In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Prov 29:9-11 "If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being. A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back."

Prov 14:7 "Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge."

Prov 15:21-24 "Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly. Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established. A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is! The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below."

Prov 18:1-2 "A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment. A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart."

Prov 20:1 "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise."

Prov 21:17-18 "He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich."

Prov 13:24 "He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly."

Prov 26:11 "As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly."

Seven things God hates

Prov 6:16-19

These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:


1) A proud look,

2) A lying tongue,

3) Hands that shed innocent blood,

4) A heart that devises wicked plans,

5) Feet that are swift in running to evil,

6) A false witness who speaks lies,

7) One who sows discord among brethren.


1) A Proud Look:
Prov 8:13
"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate."

Prov 15:25 "The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow."

Prov 16:5-6 "Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; though they join forces, none will go unpunished. In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil."

Prov 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."

Prov 16:19 "Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud."

Prov 18:12 "Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility."

Prov 21:4 "A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin."

Prov 28:25 "He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered."


2) A Lying Tongue:
Prov 29:5-6
"A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. By transgression an evil man is snared, but the righteous sings and rejoices."

Prov 21:6 "Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death."

Prov 26:28 "A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin."

Prov 15:4 "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit."

Prov 10:18-19 "Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool. In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise."

Prov 17:7 "Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince."

Prov 13:5 "A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.

Prov 12:19-22 "The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy. No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil. Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight."


3) Hands That Shed Innocent Blood:
Prov 1:10-16
"My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil; Cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse"-- My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path; For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood."

Prov 30:32-33 "If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth. For as the churning of milk produces butter, and wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife."

Prov 10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death."

Prov 11:5 "The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness."

Prov 11:21 "Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered."


4) A Heart That Devises Wicked Plans
Prov 9:13-18
"A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple, and knows nothing. For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat by the highest places of the city, to call to those who pass by, who go straight on their way: Whoever is simple, let him turn in here"; and as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell."

Prov 6:12-15 "A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth; He winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he points with his fingers; Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord. Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy."

Prov 13:11 "Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase."

Prov 6:32-35 "Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, and his reproach will not be wiped away. For jealousy is a husband's fury; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.


5) Feet That Are Swift In Running To Evil,
Prov 11:27
"He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil."

Prov 12:21 "No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil.

Prov 10:23-24 "To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom. The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted."

Prov 14:17 "A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated."

Prov 14:29 "He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly."

Prov 15:18 "A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention."


6) A False Witness Who Speaks Lies,
Prov 17:4
"An evildoer gives heed to false lips; a liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue."

Prov 14:25 "A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies."

Prov 19:5 "A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape."

Prov 25:18-19 "A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow. Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint."


7) One Who Sows Discord Among Brethren.
Prov 11:13
"A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter."

Prov 17:9 "He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends."

Prov 17:14 "The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts."

Prov 17:15 "He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD."

Prov 18:8 "The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body."

Prov 20:3 "It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel."

Prov 18:19 "A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle."

Prov 26:20 "Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases."

Prov 19:11 "The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression."

Prov 16:28-30 "A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends. A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way that is not good. He winks his eye to devise perverse things; he purses his lips and brings about evil."

Diligence vs. laziness
Prov 10:26
"As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy man to those who send him."

Prov 10:4 "He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich."

Prov 12:24 "The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor."

Prov 12:27 "The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man's precious possession."

Prov 13:4 "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich."

Prov 15:19 "The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway."

Prov 19:24 "A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again."

Prov 21:25-26 "The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, but the righteous gives and does not spare."

Prov 26:16 "The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly."


Humble vs. Pride
Prov 3:33-34
"The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just. Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble."

Prov 11:2 "When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom."

Prov 13:10 "By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom."

Prov 14:3 "In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them."

Prov 16:18-19 "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud."

Prov 29:23 "A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor."

Prov 21:24 "A proud and haughty man "Scoffer" is his name; he acts with arrogant pride."

Prov 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself."

Prov 14:27 "The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death."


Hear instruction and be wise
Prov 8:32-36
"Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death."

I also found this and want to add it here.
"A wise man's heart is at his right hand, but a fool's heart at his left. Even when a fool walks along the way, he lacks wisdom, and he shows everyone that he is a fool."
Eccl 10:2-3

Web master's Comment: This topical summary of Proverbs has been written for those who love the wisdom God provides. After reading these things we may find we have been more foolish than wise however, we must not become discouraged because we don't have to remain unwise. We must always look to God to help in time of need and God will help but have we first considered that many of our troubles can be avoided if we will use the wisdom we find in God's holy Bible? Have we considered that it's possible God will not answer our prayers until we first seek and apply wisdom in our lives?

God desires for us to learn how to live the way that brings joy, peace, harmony, prosperity, and above all love for one another. Like the old saying..."We can continue to feed the poor or we can give him a fishing pole and teach him how to fish." God could answer your every prayer or He could let you learn some wisdom. It would be wise to study and apply these things in our daily lives or we may find ourselves moving away from God and possibly becoming poor in life as well as in spirit. ~ Regards: Timothy M. Youngblood

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