Scripture References:  Proverbs

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Creation Scripture References from Proverbs

Here are Bible passages from Proverbs pertaining to creation, science, nature, and exploring God’s handiwork with thanksgiving.  Notice how many references there are to animals, trees, weather and other natural phenomena.  Also, you can find good advice on dealing with skeptics and evolutionists on this page, and maybe a few allegories about how life is like a hike on a trail.  This is a fountain of material for inspirational lessons for outdoor teaching opportunities!
See also: general Scripture references and references in the Psalms.

Note: short descriptions, not quotations, are provided for each passage.  Be sure to examine the verses in context.


Prov  1:2To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive words of understanding
Prov  1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Prov  1:17Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird
Prov  1:20How long will...scorners delight in their scorning and fools hate knowledge?
Prov  1:29Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord
Prov  2:2Incline your ear to wisdom and apply your heard to understanding
Prov  2:3Cry out for discernment, lift up your voice for understanding
Prov  2:4If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures
Prov  2:5Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God
Prov  2:6For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding
Prov  2:12To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things
Prov  3:7Fear the Lord and depart from to your flesh, strength to your bones
Prov  3:19The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding established heavens
Prov  3:20By His knowledge the depths were broken up, clouds drop down the dew
Prov  4:7Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore, get wisdom
Prov  4:18Path of the just like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter
Prov  4:26Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established
Prov  5:18As a loving deer and a graceful doe
Prov  5:21The ways of man are before the Lord; He ponders all his paths
Prov  6:5Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter, like a bird from the fowler
Prov  6:6-8Go to the ant, you sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise
Prov  7:22-23As an ox to the slaughter, as a bird to the snare
Prov  8:22-31The Lord possessed Me [Wisdom] at the beginning, before His works
Prov  8:23Before there was an earth
Prov  8:24Before there were depths, fountains of water
Prov  8:25Before the mountains and hills
Prov  8:26Before the earth and fields, and primal dust of the earth
Prov  8:27When He prepared heavens, drew a circle on face of the deep  [See Job 26:10]
Prov  8:28When He established the clouds, strengthened the foundations of the deep
Prov  8:29When He assigned to the sea its limit, waters not transgress His command
Prov  8:30The I was beside Him as a Master Craftsman, and I was daily His delight
Prov  8:31Rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men
Prov  11:22As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, a lovely woman without discretion
Prov  11:30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life
Prov  12:10The righteous man regards the life of his animal
Prov  12:27The sluggard does not roast his prey
Prov  13:23Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor
Prov  14:4Where no oxen are, the manger is clean
Prov  15:4A wholesome tongue is a tree of life
Prov  16:4The Lord has made all for Himself, even the wicked for the day of evil
Prov  16:9A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps
Prov  16:17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil
Prov  16:24Pleasant words like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to bones
Prov  16:25There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death
Prov  17:5He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker
Prov  17:12Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs rather than a fool
Prov  17:22Merry heart does good like medicine; broken spirit dries the bones
Prov  18:4Words of a man’s heart = deep waters; wellspring of wisdom a brook
Prov  18:15The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge; ear of the wise
Prov  19:12Kings’ wrath like roaring of a lion, favor like dew on the grass (20:2)
Prov  20:2Wrath of king like roaring of a lion (19:12)
Prov  20:12Hearing ear and seeing eye, the Lord has made them both
Prov  20:27Spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all inner depths
Prov  20:29Glory of young men is their strength; splendor of old men is gray head
Prov  21:19Better to dwell in the wilderness than with contentious angry woman
Prov  22:2Rich and poor have this in common: the Lord is the Maker of them all
Prov  22:12Eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, overthrows work of the faithless
Prov  22:13Sluggard says “There is a lion outside!  I shall be slain in the streets!” (26:13)
Prov  22:17Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, apply your heart to knowledge
Prov  22:18For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, fixed on your lips
Prov  22:19So that you may trust in the Lord, I have instructed you today
Prov  22:20Have I not written to you excellent things of counsel and knowledge,
Prov  22:21That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth
Prov  22:21That you may answer words of truth to those who send to you?
Prov  23:5Riches make themselves an eagle toward heaven
Prov  23:9Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom
Prov  23:12Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge
Prov  24:5A wise man is strong, and a man of understanding increases strength
Prov  25:3As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings
Prov  25:11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold [apricots] in settings of silver
Prov  25:13Like the cold of snow in time of harvest, is a faithful messenger
Prov  25:14Like clouds and wind without rain = he who boasts falsely
Prov  25:23The north wind brings rain, and backbiting tongue an angry face
Prov  26:1As snow in summer and rain in harvest, honor not fitting for a fool
Prov  26:2Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, an undeserved curse
Prov  26:3Whip for the horse, bridle for the donkey, whip for back of fools
Prov  26:10The great God who formed everything gives the fool his hire, transgressor his wages
Prov  26:13Sluggard says, “There is a lion in the streets!” (22:13)
Prov  27:8Like a bird that wanders from its nest, a man who wanders from his place
Prov  27:15Continual dripping on a rainy day and contentious woman alike
Prov  27:25When hay is removed and tender grass shows itself, mountain herbs gathered
Prov  27:26The lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field
Prov  27:27You shall have enough goat’s milk for your food and for your household
Prov  28:1The righteous are as bold as a lion
Prov  28:15Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people
Prov  29:13Poor man and oppressor common: Lord gives light to eyes of both
Prov  30:4[Agur]  Who has ascended into heaven or descended?
Prov  30:4Who has gathered the wind in His fists? bound the waters in a garment?
Prov  30:4Who established all the ends of the earth?  What is His name or Son’s name, if you know?
Prov  30:15The leech has two daughters, Give and Give
Prov  30:15b-16Four things never satisfied: grave, barren womb, earth and water [flood], fire
Prov  30:18-19Four things too wonderful: eagle in air, serpent on rock, ship on sea, man with maid
Prov  30:24-28Four things little but wise: ant, coney [pica], locusts, spider [or lizard]
Prov  30:29-31Four things stately: lion, greyhound, male goat, king