30 Life-Transforming Proverbs

by Tommy Nelson


  1. Birth: “The rich and the poor have a common bond, the Lord is the maker of them all.” (Prov. 22:2)
  2. Authority: “The eye that mocks a father and scorns a mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out…” (Prov.30:17)
  3. Chores and responsibilities: “An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.” (Prov. 20:21)
  4. Family: “Like a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his home.” (Prov. 27:8)
  5. Submitting to discipline: “Discipline your son while there is still hope, and do not desire his death.” (Prov. 19:18)
  6. God: When the faith becomes your own. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” (Prov. 1:7)
  7. School: “A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.” (Prov. 14:6)
  8. Peer pressure: “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Prov. 13:20)
  9. The Bible: “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.” (Prov. 29:18)
  10. True religion: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination…” (Prov. 15:8)
  11. Boys and girls: “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Prov. 31:30)
  12. Mastering the body: “And he who rules his spirit, [is better] than he who captures a city.” (Prov. 16:32)
  13. The ability to relate to people: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.” (Prov. 11:30)
  14. Sensitivity to others: “Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.” (Prov. 25:20)
  15. Flexibility: “Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.”(Prov. 14:4)
  16. Critical thinking: “The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, but the naive go on, and are punished for it. (Prov. 22:3)
  1. Anger: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,” (Prov. 16:32)
  2. Choosing a vocation: “Train up a child in the way he should go (his way), even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)
  3. Drugs and alcohol: “Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup,… at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper.” (Prov. 23:31-32)
  4. The ability to achieve short term success: “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat.” (Prov. 13:4)
  5. Control of the tongue: “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing,” (Prov. 12:18)
  6. Handling of money: “There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man swallows it up.” (Prov. 21:20)
  7. Values: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe. A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own imagination.” (Prov. 18:10-11)
  8. The workplace: “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.” (Prov. 22:29)
  9. Getting rich quick: “Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.” (Prov. 17:24)
  10. Marriage: “It is better to live in a corner of the roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman.” (Prov. 25:24) “Do not associate with a
    given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways…” (Prov. 22:24-25)
  11. Caring for parents: “He who assaults his father and drives his mother away is a shameful and disgraceful son.” (Prov. 19:26)
  12. Raising kids: “A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother.” (Prov. 10:1)
  13. A legacy: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” (Prov. 13:22) “The memory of the righteous is blessed…” (Prov. 10:7)
  14. Grandkids: “Grandchildren are the crown of old men…” (Prov. 17:6) 

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