50 Classroom Quotes from the Book of Proverbs
Teachers would be happy to have the students focus on subject matter which provide solid foundation for good character. Fortunately, the Book of Proverbs includes several maxims which highlight some of these topics.
The proverbs are listed (in groups of ten) under five topics
Good vs Bad Habits
(1) My child, listen when your father corrects you.
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction (1:8).
(2) My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
For the Lord corrects those he loves (3: 11,12).
(3) People who despise advice are asking for trouble;
those who respect a command will succeed (13: 13).
(4) Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
those who trust the Lord will be joyful (16: 20).
(5) Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
Their ears are open for knowledge (18:15).
(6) Keep the commandments and keep your life;
despising them leads to death. (19: 16).
(7) If you listen to constructive criticism,
you will be at home among the wise (15: 31).
(8) To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
to obey the law is to fight them (28: 4).
(9) The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just
than when we offer him sacrifices (21: 3).
(10)So give your father and mother joy!
May she who gave you birth be happy (23: 25).
(II) Good Education
(11) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (9:10 *NKJV).
(12) Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding (3:5).
(13) Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!
And whatever else you do, develop good judgment (4: 7).
(14) If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer (9:12).
(15) To learn, you must love discipline;
it is stupid to hate correction (12: 1).
(16) The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
But the heart of the fool does not do so (15: 7 NKJV).
(17) A wise person is hungry for knowledge,
while the fool feeds on trash (15: 14).
(18) It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool,
since he has no heart for learning (17: 16).
(19) Get all the advice and instruction you can,
so you will be wise the rest of your life. (19: 20).
(20) To acquire wisdom is to love oneself;
people who cherish understanding will prosper (19:8).
*New King James Version
(III) Good versus Bad Habits
(21) Work hard and become a leader;
be lazy and become a slave (12:24).
(22) A gossip goes around telling secrets,
but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence (11: 13).
(23) The godly care for their animals,
but the wicked are always cruel (12: 10).
(24) The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in those who tell the truth (12: 22).
(25) Wise people think before they act;
fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness (13: 16).
(26) A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger (15: 1 NKJV).
(27) A hot-tempered person starts fights;
a cool-tempered person stops them (15: 18).
(28) Pride goes before destruction,
and haughtiness before a fall (16:18).
(29) Greed causes fighting;
trusting the Lord leads to prosperity (28:25).
(30) Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,
but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble (28: 14).
(IV) Good Conduct
(31) Be very careful about what you think. Your thoughts run your life (4: 23 *ICB)
(32) Even children are known by the way they act,
whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right (20: 11).
(33) Why spill the water of your springs in the streets,
having sex with just anyone?
You should reserve it for yourselves.
Never share it with strangers (5: 16:17).
(34) Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,
from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman (2: 16).
(35) The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted (29:3).
(36) Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
Those led astray by drink cannot be wise (20: 1).
(37) People may be right in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their heart. (21: 2).
(38) Avoid all perverse talk;
stay away from corrupt speech (4:24).
(39) People with integrity walk safely,
but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall (10:9).
(40) People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (28: 13).
*ICB International Children's Bible
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(V) Good Friendships
(41) Walk with the wise and become wise;
associate with fools and get in trouble (13: 20).
(42) Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
but dwelling on it separates close friends (16: 9).
(43) Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon
is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking” (26: 18, 19).
(44) Wounds from a sincere friend
are better than many kisses from an enemy (27:6).
(45) The heartfelt counsel of a friend
is as sweet as perfume and incense (27:9).
(46) Never abandon a friend—either yours or your father’s.
When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance (27:10).
(47) As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend (27: 17).
(48) The godly give good advice to their friends;
the wicked lead them astray (12:26).
(49) Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder (3:3).
(50) Do not withhold good from those who deserve it
when it’s in your power to help them (3:27).
All quotations are from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.
© 2013 Dora Isaac Weithers