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21 Bible Verses on the Nature of Discernment

“Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.”

Charles Spurgeon

Proverbs 15:21
Folly is joy to him who lacks sense,
But a man of understanding walks straight.

Philippians 1:9-10
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;

Hosea 14:9
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
Whoever is discerning, let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
And the righteous will walk in them,
But transgressors will stumble in them.

2 Samuel 14:17
Then your maidservant said, ‘Please let the word of my lord the king be comforting, for as the angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil. And may the Lord your God be with you.’”

Job 6:30
“Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my palate discern calamities?

Isaiah 7:15
He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.

Leviticus 10:10
and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean,

Proverbs 28:11
The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Isaiah 11:3
And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

1 Chronicles 12:32
Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command.

Matthew 24:32-33
“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.

Esther 1:13
Then the king said to the wise men who understood the times—for it was the custom of the king so to speak before all who knew law and justice

1 Kings 3:9
So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

Jeremiah 23:5
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.

1 Corinthians 12:10
and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:29
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.

Proverbs 28:7
He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.

Hebrews 5:14
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Psalm 119:66
Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.

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