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Listening Helps Us Discern Truth

Listening to others provides discernment into their lives including their passions, areas of pain and desires of their hearts. When we truly listen to others it becomes clearer what they believe and why. Research has shown that verbal communication conveys information while nonverbal body language conveys attitudes, emotions and even statements. (Heb 5:14 ESV) “ But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

Discern the truth by studying the persons true motivations and desires so you can perceive the direction of their hearts. Jesus (Yeshua) tells us in Matthew 15:18″But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” WOW! Psalm 5:9″Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.” Psalm 17:3 “Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.” Proverbs 16:23″The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.” So how should we be? Psalm 19:14 “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

When it comes to your spiritual “ears” we are to guard our minds and our hearts to what we listen to.  The type of music with lyrics do they honor God or man?  Do we read lustful books or the Holy Bible?  What we put into our bodies is what we start behaving like.  Same as our church and pastors, do they preach about Jesus Christ or do they use Jesus for their own personal fame?  John warns us to discern where we learn by holding them to Jesus in 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.   You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spiritof truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
DISCERN TRUTH BY LISTENING BUT DON’T JUDGE OTHERS!
additional bible verses
(Deu 32:29 ESV)  If they were wise, they would understand this; they would discern their latter end!

(1Ki 3:9 ESV)  Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

(1Ki 3:11 ESV)  And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,

(Job 4:16 ESV)  It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:

(Job 6:30 ESV)  Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?

(Psa 19:12 ESV)  Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

(Psa 139:2 ESV)  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

(Pro 14:8 ESV)  The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

(Isa 44:18 ESV)  They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand.

(Luk 1:29 ESV)  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

(Rom 12:2 ESV)  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

(Eph 5:10 ESV)  and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

(Job 12:20 ESV)  He deprives of speech those who are trusted and takes away the discernment of the elders.

(Isa 27:11 ESV)  When its boughs are dry, they are broken; women come and make a fire of them. For this is a people without discernment; therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them; he who formed them will show them no favor.

(Isa 29:14 ESV)  therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”

(Isa 44:19 ESV)  No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”

(1Co 1:19 ESV)  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

(Php 1:9 ESV)  And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

(Heb 5:14 ESV)  But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

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Pain Prevents Listening

Listening can be effected by your current pain preventing you from hearing the word spoken in truth. It may not be what you want to hear  where you are at this time in life but it may will be what you need to understand in your situation. A broken heart caused by angry words, deceitfulness, fears and past hurts can cause us to shut off the truth because it cuts like a knife.  Many of us tune out wisdom and godly counsel when our hurting is so great that we cannot “handle” any more rejection or perceived negativity.  However, it is often our own rebellion, sin and pride that prevents us from doing the right thing to resolve the situation, even when we know inside that it is what we need to do.   Our hearts become dull and cold toward our spouse, job, friends, family or others simply because we don’t deal with the issue at hand.  We try to push it down and hope it will go away on it’s own.   The sad thing is, instead of shrinking the problem this tends to escalate it to new levels.  One of the wisest men in history was Daniel, a righteous man before God who did great things in the name of the Lord.  Even he would go through tests, trials and tribulations that rocked his very world.  Daniel 12:8 “I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?

The bible tells us that because we allow our hearts to harden, we do not hear the message of truth to Love God and then to love others with compassion, grace and mercy as God has loved you.  Ephesians 4:18″They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” Matthew 13:15 “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’” Mark 12:33 “To love GOD with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Healing comes from hearing the words of truth.  Jesus came so that we could have abundant life and to set the captives free from the bandages of sin and death.  Once we realize that God has us for all eternity, the thought of this moment in time compared to a billion, trillion years is really nothing.   We need to not focus on ourselves and our situations but instead keep eternity in perspective and live a life with a purpose for all times.   SO what if they drink the last drop of juice and you wanted it right now.  Release it, do not give place to bitterness, anger or discontent.  Instead praise and worship God for all the good things He has done.  Life gets easier when you focus on the right things.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

IT IS OUR PRAYER THAT YOUR HEART BE STILL AND KNOW THE LORD…

Additional Bible Verses

(Deu 29:4 ESV)  But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.

(Isa 6:10 ESV)  Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

(Isa 32:4 ESV)  The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly.

(Isa 42:25 ESV)  So he poured on him the heat of his anger and the might of battle; it set him on fire all around, but he did not understand; it burned him up, but he did not take it to heart.

(Jer 17:9 ESV)  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

(Jer 23:20 ESV)  The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly.

(Dan 10:12 ESV)  Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.

(Mat 13:15 ESV)  For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

(Mat 13:19 ESV)  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.

(Joh 12:40 ESV)  “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”

(Act 28:27 ESV)  For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

We Hear What We Want To Hear

Buddha said “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill”  Confucius states “I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand”  In Mark 4:9 “Then Jesus (Yeshua) said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”   After Jesus gave a story about what you sow is what you reap, His disciples asked him, what did you say?  What was your meaning behind the words that we heard?

Often, our own experiences, emotions, situations and attitudes interprets what we hear so that we only hear what we want to hear and ignore that which does not fit our own agenda, feelings or beliefs.  But the truth is still the truth and will remain the truth no matter how you wish to receive it.

Listening involves getting our own attitudes and emotions into the right frame of mind to hear what the other person is truly saying. If your mindset is negative and hopelessness all you will get is negativity and hurt. That is why it is so important to stay in a positive frame of mind, so that when you listen, you can be objective. Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

David tells Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

The truth is clear, it is our interpretation that creates the confusion, trying to listen without accepting our own limitations, immaturity or lack of compassion.   We close off our minds and tune out conversations that do not give us what we think we want.   To grow in grace and mercy will often require us to change our thoughts, actions and desires to imitate Christ Jesus.   Listening leads to understanding, action and doing leads to change.
TRUTH MAY HURT BUT WE MUST HEAR THE TRUTH IF WE ARE TO GROW!

Listen to Understand, Learn To Grow

LISTENING is important in life, leadership and relationships for two main reasons, first to understand the speaker’s thoughts, feelings, experiences, understanding, relationships and beliefs. The second reason is for your own personal growth. By listening you can learn and understand how to apply the teachings from life. Prideful people talk to much because they already know everything while t

he humble seek to understand and learn about others and from them. Proverbs 18:13 “To answer before listening— that is folly and shame” Proverbs 19:27 “Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge” James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” It is God’s desire that you pay attention and listen in Psalm 46:10 God says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” BE ALERT, BE STILL AND LISTEN INTENTLY TO GROW IN GRACE AND MERCIES.
Additional bible study verses:
(Gen 18:10 ESV)  The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.

(Gen 27:5 ESV)  Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it,

(2Sa 20:17 ESV)  And he came near her, and the woman said, “Are you Joab?” He answered, “I am.” Then she said to him, “Listen to the words of your servant.” And he answered, “I am listening.”

(1Ki 8:28 ESV)  Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day,

(2Ch 6:19 ESV)  Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you,

(Job 9:16 ESV)  If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.

(Job 13:17 ESV)  Keep listening to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.

(Job 21:2 ESV)  “Keep listening to my words, and let this be your comfort.

(Job 37:2 ESV)  Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.

(Pro 25:12 ESV)  Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

(Son 8:13 ESV)  O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let me hear it.

(Jer 18:10 ESV)  and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.

(Mat 2:9 ESV)  After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.

(Luk 2:46 ESV)  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

(Act 16:25 ESV)  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

(2Ti 4:4 ESV)  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
(Act 20:31 ESV)  Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

(Eph 6:18 ESV)  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
(Deu 1:13 ESV)  Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’

(Deu 4:6 ESV)  Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’

(Deu 32:28 ESV)  “For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.

(1Ki 3:9 ESV)  Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

(1Ki 3:11 ESV)  And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,

(1Ki 4:29 ESV)  And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore,

(1Ki 7:14 ESV)  He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze. And he was full of wisdom, understanding, and skill for making any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his work.

(1Ch 12:32 ESV)  Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.

(1Ch 22:12 ESV)  Only, may the LORD grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the LORD your God.

(1Ch 27:32 ESV)  Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, being a man of understanding and a scribe. He and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni attended the king’s sons.

(2Ch 2:12 ESV)  Hiram also said, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, who has discretion and understanding, who will build a temple for the LORD and a royal palace for himself.

(2Ch 2:13 ESV)  “Now I have sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi,

(Neh 10:28 ESV)  “The rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants, and all who have separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, their daughters, all who have knowledge and understanding,

(Job 8:10 ESV)  Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding?

(Job 11:6 ESV)  and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

(Job 11:12 ESV)  But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!

(Job 12:3 ESV)  But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these?

(Job 12:12 ESV)  Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.

(Job 12:13 ESV)  “With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.

(Job 12:24 ESV)  He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth and makes them wander in a pathless waste.

(Job 17:4 ESV)  Since you have closed their hearts to understanding, therefore you will not let them triumph.

(Job 20:3 ESV)  I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.

(Job 26:12 ESV)  By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he shattered Rahab.

(Job 28:12 ESV)  “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

(Job 28:20 ESV)  “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?

(Job 28:28 ESV)  And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”

(Job 34:10 ESV)  “Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding: far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.

(Job 34:16 ESV)  “If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say.

(Job 34:34 ESV)  Men of understanding will say to me, and the wise man who hears me will say:

(Job 36:5 ESV)  “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding.

(Job 38:4 ESV)  “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.

(Job 38:36 ESV)  Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?

(Job 39:17 ESV)  because God has made her forget wisdom and given her no share in understanding.

(Job 39:26 ESV)  “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars and spreads his wings toward the south?

(Psa 32:9 ESV)  Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

(Psa 49:3 ESV)  My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

(Psa 49:20 ESV)  Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

(Psa 82:5 ESV)  They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

(Psa 111:10 ESV)  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

(Psa 119:34 ESV)  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.

(Psa 119:73 ESV)  Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

(Psa 119:99 ESV)  I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.

(Psa 119:104 ESV)  Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

(Psa 119:125 ESV)  I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!

(Psa 119:130 ESV)  The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

(Psa 119:144 ESV)  Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.

(Psa 119:169 ESV)  Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word!

(Psa 136:5 ESV)  to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;

(Psa 147:5 ESV)  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

(Pro 2:2 ESV)  making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

(Pro 2:3 ESV)  yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

(Pro 2:6 ESV)  For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

(Pro 2:11 ESV)  discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,

(Pro 3:5 ESV)  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

(Pro 3:13 ESV)  Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,

(Pro 3:19 ESV)  The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

(Pro 5:1 ESV)  My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,

(Pro 8:1 ESV)  Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?

(Pro 10:13 ESV)  On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.

(Pro 10:23 ESV)  Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

(Pro 11:12 ESV)  Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

(Pro 14:6 ESV)  A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

(Pro 14:29 ESV)  Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

(Pro 14:33 ESV)  Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.

(Pro 15:14 ESV)  The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

(Pro 15:21 ESV)  Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.

(Pro 16:16 ESV)  How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

(Pro 17:10 ESV)  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

(Pro 17:27 ESV)  Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

(Pro 18:2 ESV)  A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

(Pro 19:8 ESV)  Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.

(Pro 19:25 ESV)  Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

(Pro 20:5 ESV)  The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

(Pro 21:30 ESV)  No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.

(Pro 23:23 ESV)  Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

(Pro 24:3 ESV)  By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

(Pro 28:2 ESV)  When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

(Pro 28:7 ESV)  The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.

(Pro 28:11 ESV)  A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

(Pro 28:16 ESV)  A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

(Pro 30:2 ESV)  Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.

(Isa 10:13 ESV)  For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding; I remove the boundaries of peoples, and plunder their treasures; like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.

(Isa 11:2 ESV)  And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

(Isa 29:16 ESV)  You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

(Isa 29:24 ESV)  And those who go astray in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction.”

(Isa 40:14 ESV)  Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?

(Isa 40:28 ESV)  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

(Isa 56:11 ESV)  The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.

(Jer 3:15 ESV)  “‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

(Jer 4:22 ESV)  “For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’–in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”

(Jer 10:12 ESV)  It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.

(Jer 51:15 ESV)  “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.

(Eze 28:4 ESV)  by your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries;

(Dan 1:4 ESV)  youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

(Dan 1:17 ESV)  As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

(Dan 1:20 ESV)  And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.

(Dan 2:21 ESV)  He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

(Dan 5:11 ESV)  There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father–your father the king–made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers,

(Dan 5:12 ESV)  because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

(Dan 5:14 ESV)  I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

(Dan 9:22 ESV)  He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding.

(Dan 10:1 ESV)  In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.

(Hos 4:11 ESV)  whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding.

(Hos 4:14 ESV)  I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with prostitutes and sacrifice with cult prostitutes, and a people without understanding shall come to ruin.

(Oba 1:7 ESV)  All your allies have driven you to your border; those at peace with you have deceived you; they have prevailed against you; those who eat your bread have set a trap beneath you– you have no understanding.

(Oba 1:8 ESV)  Will I not on that day, declares the LORD, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of Mount Esau?

(Mat 11:25 ESV)  At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;

(Mat 15:16 ESV)  And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?

(Mar 7:18 ESV)  And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him,

(Mar 12:33 ESV)  And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

(Luk 2:47 ESV)  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

(Luk 10:21 ESV)  In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

(2Co 10:12 ESV)  Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

(Eph 4:18 ESV)  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

(Php 4:7 ESV)  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Col 1:9 ESV)  And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

(Col 2:2 ESV)  that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

(1Ti 1:7 ESV)  desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

(1Ti 1:9 ESV)  understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers,

(2Ti 2:7 ESV)  Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

(Jas 3:13 ESV)  Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

(1Pe 3:7 ESV)  Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

(1Jn 5:20 ESV)  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.