100 Bible Verses about Instruction

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 953 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 935 helpful votes

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 10:17 ESV / 863 helpful votes

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.

Proverbs 1:7 ESV / 742 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV / 682 helpful votes

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 665 helpful votes

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Psalm 32:8 ESV / 623 helpful votes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Proverbs 15:5 ESV / 620 helpful votes

A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 571 helpful votes

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.

Romans 15:4 ESV / 569 helpful votes

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 562 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

John 14:26 ESV / 560 helpful votes

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Proverbs 15:33 ESV / 556 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 1:1-7:27 ESV / 550 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, ...

1 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 548 helpful votes

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Joshua 1:8 ESV / 534 helpful votes

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Proverbs 16:20 ESV / 514 helpful votes

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 512 helpful votes

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Psalm 119:165 ESV / 504 helpful votes

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

1 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 503 helpful votes

Through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

Proverbs 6:1-20:30 ESV / 503 helpful votes

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler. ...

Psalm 119:1 ESV / 503 helpful votes

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!

Psalm 19:7 ESV / 503 helpful votes

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

Exodus 24:12 ESV / 503 helpful votes

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.”

Joshua 22:5 ESV / 502 helpful votes

Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Deuteronomy 4:40 ESV / 502 helpful votes

Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

Genesis 26:4-5 ESV / 502 helpful votes

I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

Proverbs 4:13 ESV / 490 helpful votes

Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 444 helpful votes

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Ephesians 6:3 ESV / 439 helpful votes

“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

1 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 434 helpful votes

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Proverbs 15:2 ESV / 431 helpful votes

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 423 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Proverbs 16:20-22 ESV / 399 helpful votes

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 1:8 ESV / 399 helpful votes

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,

Joshua 1:3 ESV / 399 helpful votes

Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.

Proverbs 10:2 ESV / 398 helpful votes

Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 389 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Acts 4:12 ESV / 370 helpful votes

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 365 helpful votes

The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Proverbs 8:32-36 ESV / 355 helpful votes

“And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 31:26 ESV / 351 helpful votes

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 340 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

Proverbs 8:33 ESV / 334 helpful votes

Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

Proverbs 4:1 ESV / 326 helpful votes

Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight,

John 2:1-12 ESV / 311 helpful votes

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” ...

Proverbs 15:32 ESV / 311 helpful votes

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 306 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 299 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 282 helpful votes

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Proverbs 5:1 ESV / 258 helpful votes

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,

Hebrews 6:1-2 ESV / 239 helpful votes

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Psalm 119:2 ESV / 239 helpful votes

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,

Psalm 25:5 ESV / 239 helpful votes

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV / 236 helpful votes

My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Proverbs 3:4 ESV / 231 helpful votes

So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Philippians 4:9 ESV / 230 helpful votes

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Psalm 19:2 ESV / 229 helpful votes

Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 225 helpful votes

A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 217 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 207 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 9:9 ESV / 199 helpful votes

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 197 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 190 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Proverbs 1:3 ESV / 186 helpful votes

To receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;

Proverbs 8:10 ESV / 185 helpful votes

Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

Proverbs 13:18 ESV / 170 helpful votes

Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Jeremiah 32:33 ESV / 169 helpful votes

They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction.

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 166 helpful votes

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 163 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 6:23 ESV / 162 helpful votes

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

Proverbs 16:22 ESV / 159 helpful votes

Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Psalm 50:17 ESV / 159 helpful votes

For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.

Proverbs 5:12 ESV / 158 helpful votes

And you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!

Proverbs 19:27 ESV / 156 helpful votes

Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 16:1-20:30 ESV / 144 helpful votes

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. ...

Proverbs 10:1-17:28 ESV / 144 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. ...

Joshua 1:1-8:35 ESV / 144 helpful votes

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. ...

Titus 2:1 ESV / 131 helpful votes

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.

2 Timothy 3:1-4:22 ESV / 120 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. ...

James 1:5 ESV / 116 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

1 Corinthians 11:1-2 ESV / 116 helpful votes

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

1 John 2:3-4 ESV / 111 helpful votes

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

1 Peter 3:18-22 ESV / 111 helpful votes

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

1 Timothy 3:14-15 ESV / 111 helpful votes

I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

John 6:50-71 ESV / 111 helpful votes

This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. ...

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 ESV / 110 helpful votes

To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

Acts 13:1-4 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

John 6:55-59 ESV / 110 helpful votes

For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

John 3:1-5 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

John 2:6-10 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

Matthew 10:8 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Matthew 10:1-42 ESV / 109 helpful votes

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, ...

Matthew 9:6-8 ESV / 109 helpful votes

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Proverbs 22:15 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Exodus 20:8-11 ESV / 108 helpful votes

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 106 helpful votes

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.

Job 22:22 ESV / 106 helpful votes

Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Romans 13:1-14 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ...

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