31 Lessons from the Book of Proverbs

Benjamin Bogle
Nov 6, 2017 · 10 min read

Whether you believe in the Bible or not, the book of Proverbs has a wealth of wisdom for anyone who is listening, so I encourage you to read this article and hopefully gather a few nuggets from this book. I’ll be picking out one main lesson from every chapter, but there is a lot more to be had from this amazing book of the Bible, so I would also encourage you to read some of it for yourself. Without further ado, here is my list of 31 lessons from the book of Proverbs in the English Standard Version.


1. Wise men never stop learning

This message is stressed a lot in the book of Proverbs. Wise men take correction, they listen to what people have to say, and never stop getting wiser. The fool rejects the advice of others.

2. If you seek wisdom, you will find it

You can’t expect to be walking through life and eventually get a pile of wisdom dumped on your head. You also can’t expect to continually search for it and never find it. If you prioritize wisdom higher than wealth, the Bible promises that you will find it.

3. Stay humble

If you are blessed with wisdom beyond your years, always stay in a humble mindset. The Bible is very clear that God resists the proud but blesses a humble heart.

4. Wisdom will eventually reward you

There will be some times in life that you will have to say no to wealth or material possessions in the name of wisdom. However, if you seek wisdom above all else, you will eventually reap the rewards.

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5. Stay away from temptations

This verse is speaking of the door of an adulteress, which is good advice in general, but really this lesson can be applied to all areas of life. If you are dieting, don’t keep junk food lying around. Make no provision for your temptations. Turn your phone off while you are working. Get rid of all distractions.

6. Work, work, work

Wise men are always at work. Don’t waste your time watching Netflix and playing video games. If you don’t want to live your life in poverty, you must develop a strong work ethic. Be like the ant.

7. Don’t let lust destroy you

Pornography and masturbation can seem harmless at first, but they are very dangerous and very destructive. Not only will they mess you up, but they will destroy your relationships. Stay away from lust; it is a trap that will eventually be the death of you.

8. Anybody can learn to be wise

If you are immature or lack discipline, you don’t have to spend the rest of your life living that way. God knows that I am far from being mature or wise, but I am asking him for direction and for wisdom. I know that He is blessing me.

9. Listen to people when they correct you

This one is hard to swallow, but it’s very important. It can be hard to take correction from someone, especially when they are younger than you or lack experience. However, a wise man will stay humble and listen to what anyone has to say.

10. Don’t hold resentment or grudges

If someone has wronged you but repented, do not dwell on what they did to you. Move on and give them another chance; you will reap the benefits.

11. Be honest

It can be tempting to be a little dishonest in order to gain a profit. If you value wisdom and integrity, however, your honesty won’t go unnoticed.

12. The rulers are the hard workers

If you keep failing at your startup and are forced to work a 9–5, you’re not working hard enough. You can’t get to the top of the ladder without climbing the rungs.

13. Stay away from get-rich-quick schemes

Be patient. Even if you’re not bathing in gold after a year of blood, sweat, and tears, stick with it. Wealth will come little by little and then grow exponentially. And this doesn’t just apply to wealth. This goes for relationships, skills, habits, etc.

14. Surround yourself with wise people

You will become like the people you hang around with. If you know that your friend is one who often makes bad decisions, cut off that relationship. Stick with people who challenge you and encourage you to grow.

15. Speak softly and carry a big stick

If you find yourself in a heated argument, do not respond by shouting. Speak gently and sensibly, and you will both be more likely to reach a conclusion.

16. Wealth is not the aim of the game

The Bible has a lot to say about money because it knows how important money is. It’s great to have the financial freedom to travel the world and do what you love. However, your integrity is even more important, so be happy with what you have. Never be satisfied, but don’t let money control you.

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17. Use trials to grow

It’s not easy to make it through tough times, but this verse says it well. When we go through the furnace we will come out as gold. Whenever you are struggling, know that you will come out of that situation, and when you do you will be stronger than you were before.

18. Be open-minded

Understand that often times you will be wrong. Have the humility to let others change your mind and learn from your mistakes.

19. Be slow to anger

Be known for being even-tempered. Don’t let little things throw you off, and always be willing to give someone a second chance. When you wrong someone else they will also be forgiving towards you.

20. Take action

Everybody has big dreams sitting around on the inside of them. Very few will actually draw from that well and fulfill their purpose.

21. Don’t settle for short-term pleasures

The reason that games are so popular is that they give us a sense of accomplishment with little effort. Be wary of things that reward you for little work. Don’t give in to short-term temptations, but invest in the long-term.

22. Your reputation is more important than your net worth

When you die, do you want to be remembered for how much money you left behind or for being an honest and uplifting person? This is why the book of Proverbs stresses the importance of honesty and integrity over wealth. They will always serve you better than money ever could.

23. Be a man of discipline

Not only should you discipline your children, but practice self-discipline in your own life. Let others praise you, and be your toughest critic. Don’t accept your mistakes and strive to be better. You’ll thank yourself later.

24. Do not seek revenge

The best revenge is to beat out the competition with hard work. If you try to seek revenge against your enemy through name-calling or sabotage, it will not end well for you. Vengeance belongs to God.

25. Repay evil with good

Imagine a scenario where your competitor publicly shames you. If you respond with kindness, you will be regarded as the hero and your enemy will be put to shame. It’s very difficult to do so, but God will reward you for it.

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26. Do not repeat your mistakes

Mistakes are inevitable; we’re all going to make them. Every once and a while you are going to “vomit.” But when you do, learn why that happened and resolve to never do it again. The fool is not the one who makes a mistake, but the one who continually makes the same mistake without learning from it.

27. Leave the bragging to your fans

Not only is a cocky man resented by the majority of his viewers, but a compliment that comes from someone other than yourself is more credible. Do not brag; let your actions speak for themselves.

28. Don’t give in to fear

So often we run away when nothing is chasing us. Be as bold as a lion, and stand up to your fears. In most scenarios, you will find that there was nothing to be scared of in the first place.

29. People will support your integrity

What good is it to reach the top of the ladder if everyone is booing? This is why it’s important to implement the previous lessons of character. Don’t boast, be honest, stay humble, speak softly, etc. You’ll have everyone’s support in your climb to success.

30. Respect your parents

The Bible is big on obedience and respect when it comes to your parents. Honor them with your words and your actions.

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31. Use discernment in choosing your partner

It is repeated several times throughout the book of Proverbs that it is better to remain alone than to live with a quarrelsome wife.


These are just little tidbits from the book of Proverbs. I would encourage you to read all of it for yourself, not once, but over and over again. Embed the words of Solomon into your heart and live them out through your life.

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