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If your ax is dull and you don't sharpen it, you have to work harder to use it. It is smarter to plan ahead.
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If the iron be blunt, and be not as before, but be made blunt, with much labour it shall be sharpened: and after industry shall follow wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labour of fools shall afflict them that know not how to go to the city.
Ecclesiastes 9:15-17 Now there was found in it a man poor and wise, and he delivered the city by his wisdom, and no man afterward remembered that poor man. . . .
Genesis 41:33-39 Now therefore let the king provide a wise and industrious man, and make him ruler over the land of Egypt: . . .
Exodus 18:19-23 But hear my words and counsels, and God shall be with thee. Be thou to the people in those things that pertain to God, to bring their words to him: . . .
1 Kings 8:9 Now in the ark there was nothing else but the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
1 Chronicles 12:32 Also of the sons of Issachar men of understanding, that knew all times to order what Israel should do, two hundred principal men: and all the rest of the tribe followed their counsel.
2 Chronicles 23:4-11 And this is the thing that you shall do: . . .
Matthew 10:16 Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves.
Acts 6:1-9 And in those days, the number of the disciples increasing, there arose a murmuring of the Greeks against the Hebrews, for that their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. . . .
Acts 15:2 And when Paul and Barnabas had no small contest with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of the other side should go up to the apostles and priests to Jerusalem, about this question.
Romans 16:19 For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good and simple in evil.
1 Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, do not become children in sense. But in malice be children: and in sense be perfect.
Ephesians 5:15-17 See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise, . . .
Colossians 4:5 Walk with wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time.
James 1:5 But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth to all men abundantly and upbraideth not. And it shall be given him.
ContextWisdom and Folly
…9He that removeth stones, shall be hurt by them: and he that cutteth trees, shall be wounded by them. 10If the iron be blunt, and be not as before, but be made blunt, with much labour it shall be sharpened: and after industry shall follow wisdom.11If a serpent bite in silence, he is nothing better that backbiteth secretly.…
If I shall whet my sword as the lightning, and my hand take hold on judgment: I will render vengeance to my enemies, and repay them that hate me.
And I saw that wisdom excelled folly, as much as light differeth from darkness.
He that removeth stones, shall be hurt by them: and he that cutteth trees, shall be wounded by them.
If a serpent bite in silence, he is nothing better that backbiteth secretly.
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