Are You a Wise Person?


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10



The music playing is titled
Performed by the Rebecca St. James
Composed by Marie Barnett in 1995

I never sat down and wrote thinking, This could be sung in a congregation.
It was more between me and the Lord in my bedroom with the door locked.
- Marie Barnett

Breathe would go on to become one of the most-played worship songs in churches around the world and would be
recorded by numerous artists, including Michael W. Smith and Rebecca St. James. In fact, in 2002 Breathe was named most
recorded song of the year by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).


The Wise: help others with good advise
The Foolish: lack judgment

The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of judgment.

Proverbs 10:21



The Wise: enjoy wisdom
The Foolish: enjoy foolishness

A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.

Proverbs 10:23



The Wise: cautious with reason
The Foolish: gulible

A simple man believes anything,
but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.

Proverbs 14:15



The Foolish: avoid the wise

A mocker resents correction, he will not consult the wise.

Proverbs 15:12



The Wise: seek knowledge
The Foolish: feed on foolishness

The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 15:14



The Wise: value wisdom above riches

How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to choose understanding rather than silver!

Proverbs 16:16



The Wise: receive life
The Foolish: receive punishment

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,
but folly brings punishment to fools.

Proverbs 16:22



The Wise: respond to correction
The Foolish: respond to punishment

A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Proverbs 17:10



The Wise: pursue wisdom
The Foolish: pursue illusive dreams

A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:24



The Foolish: blame failure on God

A man's own folly ruins his life,
yet his heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:3



The Wise: profit from correction
The Foolish: an example to others

Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.

Proverbs 19:25



The Foolish: are proud and arrogant

The proud and arrogant man--'Mocker' is his name;
he behaves with overweening pride.

Proverbs 21:24



The Foolish: scorn good advise

Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.

Proverbs 23:9



The Foolish: make truth useless

Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Proverbs 26:7



The Foolish: repeat their folly

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

Proverbs 26:11



The Wise: trust in wisdom
The Foolish: trust in themselves

He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.

Proverbs 28:26



The Wise: control their anger
The Foolish: unleash their anger

A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.

Proverbs 29:11



The Wise: admired as counselors
The Foolish: beaten as servants

Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

Proverbs 10:13



The Wise: rewarded with knowledge
The Foolish: inherit folly

The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Proverbs 14:18



The Foolish: cause strife and quarrels

Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.

Proverbs 22:10



The Foolish: receive no honor

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.

Proverbs 26:1



The Wise: keep peace
The Foolish: stir up anger

Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.

Proverbs 29:8



The Wise: stay on straight paths
The Foolish: go the wrong way

Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,
but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

Proverbs 15:21



The Foolish: lash out when discovered in folly

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.

Proverbs 17:12



The Foolish: endangered by their words

A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 18:6 - 7



The Wise: their wisdom conquers others strength

A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and
pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.

Proverbs 21:22



The Wise: avoid wicked paths
The Foolish: walk a troublesome path

In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares,
but he who guards his soul stays far from them.

Proverbs 22:5



The Wise: have great advise

A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.

Proverbs 24:5



The Foolish: will never be chosen as counselors

Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.

Proverbs 24:7



The Foolish: must be guided by hardship

A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!

Proverbs 26:3



The Foolish: persist in foolishness

Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove his folly from him.

Proverbs 27:22



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