Bible verses about "discernment" | ISV

Deuteronomy 32:27-29

27 if it weren't for dreading the taunting of their enemies {— } otherwise, their adversary might misinterpret and say, 'Our power is great. It isn't the LORD who made all of this happen.'" 28 They are a nation devoid of purpose and without insight. 29 O, that they were wise to understand this and consider their future!

Psalms 33:1-22

1 Rejoice in the LORD, righteous ones; for the praise of the upright is beautiful. 2 With the lyre, give thanks to the LORD; with the ten stringed harp, play music to him; 3 with a new song, sing to him; with shouts of joy, play skillfully. 4 For the word of the LORD is upright; and all his works are done in faithfulness. 5 He loves righteousness and justice; the world is filled with the gracious love of the LORD. 6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made; all the heavenly bodies by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathered the waters of the ocean into a heap; he put the deeps into storehouses. 8 Let all the world fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him; 9 because he spoke and it came to be, because he commanded, and it stood fast. 10 The LORD makes void the counsel of nations; he frustrates the plans of peoples. 11 But the LORD's counsel stands firm forever, the plans in his mind for all generations. 12 How blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen as his own inheritance. 13 When the LORD looks down from heaven, he observes every human being. 14 From his dwelling place, he looks down on all the inhabitants of the earth. 15 He formed the hearts of them all; he understands everything they do. 16 A king is not saved by a large army; a mighty soldier is not delivered by his great strength. 17 It is vain to trust in a horse for deliverance, even with its great strength, it cannot deliver. 18 Indeed, the LORD watches those who fear him; those who trust in his gracious love 19 to deliver them from death; to keep them alive in times of famine. 20 We wait on the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21 Indeed, our heart will rejoice in him, because we have placed our trust in his holy name. 22 LORD, may your gracious love be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Isaiah 1:1-31

Isaiah 8:20

Acts 17:11

11 These people were more receptive than those in Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive the message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if those things were so.

1 Peter 1:23

23 For you have been born again, not by a seed that perishes but by one that cannot perish {— } by the living and everlasting word of God.

Genesis 3:1

1 Now the serpent was more clever than any animal of the field that the LORD God had made. The serpent said to the woman, "Has God actually said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"

Proverbs 25:1-28

1 Here are some more proverbs by Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed. 2 It is the glory of God to conceal something, but the glory of kings to ask about it. 3 The heavens are to height as the earth is for depth {— } so is the heart of a king unfathomable. 4 Purge the dross from the silver, and material for a vessel comes forth for the silversmith. 5 Purge the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established in righteousness. 6 Don't magnify yourself in the presence of a king, and don't pretend to be in the company of famous men, 7 for it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," than for you to be placed lower in the presence of an official. What you've seen with your own eyes, 8 don't be in a hurry to argue in court. Otherwise, what will you do later on when your neighbor humiliates you? 9 Instead, take up the matter with your neighbor, and don't betray another person's confidence. 10 Otherwise, anyone who hears will make you ashamed, and your bad reputation will never leave you. 11 Golden apples set in silver {— } that's what a word spoken at the right time is. 12 A gold earring and a pure gold necklace {— } that's what a wise reprover is to a listening ear. 13 Like cold snow during harvest time is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes his masters. 14 Rainless clouds and winds {— } that's what a man is like who brags about gifts he never gave. 15 Through patience a ruler may be persuaded; a gentle word can break a bone. 16 If you find some honey, eat only what you need. Take too much, and you'll vomit. 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's home; otherwise, he'll grow weary and hate you. 18 A club, a sword, and a sharp arrow {— } that's what a man is who lies about his neighbor. 19 A bad tooth and an unsteady foot {— } that's what confidence in an unreliable man is like in a time of trouble. 20 Taking your coat off when it's cold or pouring vinegar on soda {— } that's what singing songs does to a heavy heart. 21 If your enemy hungers, give him food to eat; and if he thirsts, give him water to drink. 22 For you'll be piling burning coals of shame on his head and the LORD will reward you. 23 The north wind brings rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry look. 24 It's better to live in a corner on the roof than in a house with a contentious woman. 25 Cold water to someone who is thirsty {— } that's what good news from a distant land is. 26 A muddied spring or a polluted well {— } that's what a righteous person is who compromises with the wicked. 27 To eat too much honey isn't good; and neither is it honorable to seek one's own glory. 28 A city breached, without walls {— } that's what a man is who has no self-control.

John 5:30

30 I can do nothing on my own accord. I judge according to what I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me."

2 Corinthians 11:4

4 For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen.

Revelation 22:18-19

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy in this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will strike him with the plagues that are written in this book. 19 If anyone takes away any words from the book of this prophecy, God will take away his portion of the tree of life and the holy city that are described in this book.

John 10:4

4 When he has driven out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

Revelation 22:16

16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give this testimony to you for the churches. I am the root and descendent of David, the bright morning star."

Proverbs 18:15

15 The mind of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.

Psalms 34:18

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed.

2 Timothy 3:15

15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to give you the wisdom you need for salvation through faith in the Messiah Jesus.

James 1:5

5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him.

2 Corinthians 11:14

14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

1 Thessalonians 5:21

21 Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.

Matthew 10:16

16 "See, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves.

Matthew 24:24

24 because false messiahs and false prophets will appear and display great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

1 Timothy 6:3-5

3 If anyone teaches false doctrine and refuses to agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, and godly teaching, 4 he is a conceited person and does not understand anything. He has an unhealthy craving for arguments and debates. This produces jealousy, rivalry, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and incessant conflict between people who are depraved in mind and deprived of truth. They think that godliness is a way to make a profit.

1 Corinthians 2:14

14 A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the things of God's Spirit, for they are nonsense to him. He can't understand them because they are spiritually evaluated.

1 Kings 3:9

9 So give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people, so I can discern between good and evil. Otherwise, how shall I be able to govern this great people of yours?"

Colossians 2:8

8 See to it that no one enslaves you through philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to the Messiah,

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

13 Such people are false apostles, dishonest workers who are masquerading as apostles of the Messiah. 14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their doom will match their deeds!

1 Corinthians 14:33

33 for God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,

Proverbs 2:1-5

1 My son, if you accept my words, and treasure my instructions {— } 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom, and turning your heart to understanding {— } 3 if, indeed, you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and learn to know God.

John 7:24

24 Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment!"

Proverbs 3:1-6:35

1 My son, don't forget my instruction, and keep my commandments carefully in mind. 2 For they will add length to your days, years to your life, and abundant peace to you. 3 Do not let gracious love and truth leave you. Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 and find favor and a good reputation with God and men. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own opinion. Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones. 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first of all your produce. 10 So your barns will be filled with abundance, and your vats will burst open with new wine. 11 My son, do not reject the LORD's discipline, and do not despise his correction, 12 because the LORD corrects the person he loves, just as a father corrects the son he delights in. 13 How joyful is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding, 14 because her profit is better than the profit of silver, and her yield than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand, and in her left are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peaceful. 18 She is a tree of life for those who hold on to her, and whoever clutches her tightly will be joyful. 19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, and by understanding he set the heavens in place. 20 By his knowledge the depths broke open, and the clouds drip with dew. 21 My son, do not let wisdom leave your sight. Carefully observe sound judgment and discernment, 22 and they will be life to you and a graceful ornament for your neck. 23 Then you will travel safely on your way, and your foot will not stumble. 24 When you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden disaster, or the devastation that comes to the wicked. 26 Indeed, the LORD will be your confidence, and he will keep your foot from being caught. 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back. I will pay you tomorrow," when you have cash with you. 29 Do not plan to harm your neighbor, when he is living peacefully beside you. 30 Do not bring a lawsuit against a person for no reason, when he has done you no harm. 31 Do not envy a violent man, and do not emulate his lifestyle. 32 Indeed, a perverse man is utterly disgusting to the LORD, but he takes the upright into his confidence. 33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 34 Though God scoffs at scoffers, he gives grace to the humble. 35 The wise will inherit honor, but he holds fools up for ridicule.

Proverbs 4:1-6:35

1 Listen, children, to a father's instruction, and pay attention in order to gain understanding. 2 I give you sound teaching, so do not abandon my instruction. 3 When I was a son to my father, not yet strong and an only son to my mother, 4 he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart wholly embrace my words; keep my commandments and live! 5 "Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget or turn aside from the words of my mouth! 6 "Do not abandon her, and she will protect you. Love her, and she will watch over you. 7 "Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding. 8 "Prize her and she will exalt you. Indeed, if you embrace her, she will honor you. 9 "She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will present to you a crown of beauty." 10 Listen, my son: accept my words, and you'll live a long, long time. 11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom, and I have led you along straight paths. 12 When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble. 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go! Guard wisdom, because she is your life! 14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, or go along the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it! Do not pass by it! Turn away from it, and pass on by. 16 For they cannot sleep unless they are doing evil, and they are robbed of their sleep unless they cause someone to stumble. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and they drink the wine of violence. 18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that grows brighter until the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness, and they do not know what they are stumbling over. 20 My son, pay attention to my words, and listen closely to what I say. 21 Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. 23 Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life. 24 Never talk deceptively and don't keep company with people whose speech is corrupt. 25 Let your eyes look directly ahead; fix your gaze straight in front of you. 26 Carefully measure the paths for your feet, and all your ways will be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Proverbs 5:1-6:35

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, and listen closely to my insight, 2 so you may carefully practice discretion and your lips preserve knowledge. 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil. 4 But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a double-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead to Sheol. 6 You do not consider where her life is headed; her steps wander, but you do not realize it. 7 Now, children, listen to me. Do not turn away from what I am saying. 8 Keep far away from her, and don't go near the entrance to her house, 9 so that you don't give your honor to others, and waste your best years, 10 so that strangers don't enrich themselves at your expense, and your work won't end up the possession of foreigners. 11 You will cry out in anguish when your end comes when your flesh and body are consumed. 12 And you will say, "How I hated instruction, and my heart rejected correction. 13 I did not obey my teachers and did not listen to my instructors. 14 Now I am at the point of utter disaster in the assembly and in the congregation." 15 Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well. 16 Should your springs flow outside, or streams of water in the street? 17 They should be for you alone and not for strangers who are with you. 18 Let your fountain be blessed and enjoy the wife of your youth. 19 Like a loving deer, a beautiful doe, let her breasts satisfy you all the time. Be constantly intoxicated by her love. 20 Why should you be intoxicated by an adulteress, my son, and embrace the bosom of a foreign woman? 21 Indeed, the ways of a man are directly before the LORD, and he weighs all his paths. 22 The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, and he goes astray because of his great folly.

Proverbs 6:1-35

1 My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbor, if you have agreed to a deal with a stranger, 2 trapped by your own words, and caught by your own words, 3 then do this, my son and deliver yourself, because you have come under your neighbor's control. Go, humble yourself! Plead passionately with your neighbor! 4 Don't allow yourself to sleep or even to close your eyes. 5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from a hunter's hand, or like a bird from a fowler's hand. 6 Go to the ant, you lazy man! Observe its ways and become wise. 7 It has no commander, officer, or ruler 8 but prepares its provisions in the summer and gathers its food in the harvest. 9 How long will you lie down, lazy man? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 and your poverty will come on you like a bandit and your desperation like an armed man. 12 A worthless man, a wicked man, goes around with devious speech, 13 winking with his eyes, making signs with his feet, pointing with his fingers, 14 planning evil with a perverse mind, continually stirring up discord. 15 Therefore, disaster will overtake him suddenly. He will be broken in an instant, and he will never recover. 16 Here are six things that the LORD hates {— } seven, in fact, are detestable to him: 17 Arrogant eyes, a lying tongue and hands shedding innocent blood; 18 a heart crafting evil plans, feet running swiftly to wickedness, 19 a false witness snorting out lies, and someone sowing quarrels between brothers. 20 Keep your father's commands, my son, and never forsake your mother's rules, 21 by binding them to your heart continually, fastening them around your neck. 22 During your travels wisdom will lead you; she will watch over you while you rest; and when you are startled from your sleep she will commune with you. 23 Because the command is a lamp and the Law a light, rebukes that discipline are a way of life {— } 24 to protect you from the evil woman, from the words of the seductive woman. 25 Do not focus on her beauty in your mind, nor allow her to take you prisoner with her flirting eyes, 26 because the price of a whore is a loaf of bread, and an adulterous woman stalks a man's precious life. 27 Can a man scoop fire into his bosom without burning his clothes? 28 Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet? 29 So also is it with someone who has sex with his neighbor's wife; anyone touching her will not remain innocent. 30 A thief isn't despised if he steals to meet his needs when he is hungry, 31 but when he is discovered, he must restore seven-fold, forfeiting the entire value of his house. 32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman is out of his mind; by doing so he corrupts his own soul. 33 He will receive a beating and dishonor, and his shame won't disappear, 34 because jealousy incites a strong man's rage, and he will show no mercy when it's time for revenge. 35 He will not consider any payment, nor will he be willing to accept it, no matter how large the bribe.

Hebrews 4:12

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Hebrews 5:14

14 But solid food is for mature people, whose minds are trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.

Philippians 1:9-10

9 And this is my prayer, that your love will keep on growing more and more with full knowledge and insight, 10 so that you may be able to choose what is best and be pure and blameless until the day when the Messiah returns,

1 John 4:1

1 Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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