The Wise Think – Proverbs 14

I was told by a frustrated supervisor, “Kathy, you think too much.” She found it impossible to accept that people’s strengths that were different from hers had value, so I learned to understand her misunderstanding me. Thinking things through helped me to be a better employee, produce better results and feel better about the work. In contemplating Proverbs 14, these verses caught my attention.

“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” Proverbs 14:8 NIV.

“A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.” 14:15

I like the proverbs that compare opposite values. For instance, the wise do this, but the foolish do that. This makes what’s being said more clear to me. The first scripture shows that the foolish do not give thought to their ways but instead live in deception.

One of my favorites, for honorable mention:

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” 14:23

This might be a great one to use in the workplace where more and more texting (“mere talk”) is happening during work hours. This would definitely lead to poverty! It’s better to work hard, always looking for ways to improve, because that brings a profit.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of the books "Jesus Talked to Me Today" and "Seeking His Presence," and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Junction City, Oregon. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has also written for Warner Press since 2016 and posts devotions on her blog at .


  1. That’s one of my favorites, too, Shelly. Here’s what it brings to my mind. If I’m working for the Lord, the rewards will be amazing, and how could you ask for a better boss than the One who gave up his life for you?

  2. One of my favorite verses on working is Colossians 3:23-24

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

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