Proverbs 18:1,2,4,15 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. A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook. The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Proverbs 19:8,20,23,25 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will find good. Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. The fear of The Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil. If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you reprove the wise, they will be all the wiser.
Proverbs 20:1,3,15,18,26-27 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel. Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies. Plans are established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war. A wise king sifts out the wicked, and brings the threshing wheel over them. The spirit of a man is the lamp of The Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.
Proverbs 21:15-16,18,20-21,30-31 It is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead. The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright. There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it. He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor. Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. A proud and haughty man — “Scoffer” is his name; he acts with arrogant pride. There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against The Lord. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of The Lord.
Proverbs 22:17-19a Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge; for it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, so that your trust may be in The Lord.