Bible Verses Related to Discretion

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family during the month.

0995 biyn bene
a primitive root; TWOT-239; v
AV-understand 62, understanding 32, consider 22, prudent 8, perceive 7, regard 6, discern 3, instruct 3, misc. 27; 170
1) to discern, understand, consider
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to perceive, discern
1a2) to understand, know (with the mind)
1a3) to observe, mark, give heed to, distinguish, consider
1a4) to have discernment, insight, understanding
1b) (Niphal) to be discerning, intelligent, discreet, have understanding
1c) (Hiphil)
1c1) to understand
1c2) to cause to understand, give understanding, teach
1d) (Hithpolel) to show oneself discerning or attentive, consider diligently
1e) (Polel) to teach, instruct
2) (TWOT) prudent, regard

Genesis 41:33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet <0995> and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
Genesis 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet <0995> and wise as thou art:
1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern <0995> between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? {understanding: Heb. hearing}
1 Kings 3:11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding <0995> to discern judgment; {long life: Heb. many days} {discern: Heb. hear}
Job 6:30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern <0995> perverse things? {my taste: Heb. my palate}
Proverbs 7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned <0995> among the youths, a young man void of understanding, {the youths: Heb. the sons}

04941 mishpat mish-pawt’
from 08199; TWOT-2443c; n m
AV-judgment 296, manner 38, right 18, cause 12, ordinance 11, lawful 7, order 5, worthy 3, fashion 3, custom 2, discretion 2, law 2, measure 2, sentence 2, misc 18; 421
1) judgment, justice, ordinance
1a) judgment
1a1) act of deciding a case
1a2) place, court, seat of judgment
1a3) process, procedure, litigation (before judges)
1a4) case, cause (presented for judgment)
1a5) sentence, decision (of judgment)
1a6) execution (of judgment)
1a7) time (of judgment)
1b) justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man)
1c) ordinance
1d) decision (in law)
1e) right, privilege, due (legal)
1f) proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment <04941>; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Psalms 112:5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion <04941>. { discretion: Heb. judgment}
Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment <04941> . {shall…: Heb. shall know}
Isaiah 28:26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion <04941>, and doth teach him. {For…: or, And he bindeth it in such sort as his God doth teach him}

04209 mazimmah mez-im-maw’
from 02161; TWOT-556c; n f
AV-discretion 4, wicked device 3, device 3, thought 3, intents 1, mischievous device 1, wickedly 1, witty inventions 1, lewdness 1, mischievous 1; 19
1) purpose, discretion, device, plot
1a) purpose
1b) discretion
1c) devices (evil)

Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices <04209> which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
Proverbs 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion <04209>. {discretion: or, advisement}
Proverbs 2:11 Discretion <04209> shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
Proverbs 3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion <04209>:
Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion <04209>, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

02940 ta‘am tah’-am
from 02938; TWOT-815a; n m
AV-taste 5, behaviour 2, advice 1, understanding 1, judgement 1, discretion 1, reason 1, decree 1; 13
1) taste, judgment
1a) taste
1b) judgment (fig.)
1c) decision, decree

Exodus 16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste <02940> of it was like wafers made with honey.
Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion <02940> . {is without: Heb. departeth from}

07922 sekel seh’-kel or sekel say’-kel
from 07919; TWOT-2263a; n m
AV-understanding 7, wisdom 3, wise 1, prudence 1, knowledge 1, sense 1, discretion 1, policy 1; 16
1) prudence, insight, understanding
1a) prudence, good sense
1b) insight, understanding
1c) cunning, craft (bad sense)

1 Samuel 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding <07922> , and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
Proverbs 19:11 The discretion <07922> of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. {discretion: or, prudence}

08394 tabuwn taw-boon’ and (fem.) tabuwnah teb-oo-naw’ or towbunah to-boo-naw’
from 0995; TWOT-239c; n m
AV-understanding 38, discretion 1, reasons 1, misc 3; 43
1) understanding, intelligence
1a) the act of understanding
1a1) skill
1b) the faculty of understanding
1b1) intelligence, understanding, insight
1c) the object of knowledge
1d) teacher (personification)

Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding <08394>, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Proverbs 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding <08394> shall keep thee:
Proverbs 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding <08394>, but that his heart may discover itself.
Jeremiah 10:12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion <08394>.

3562 nounechos noon-ekh-oce’
from a comparative of the accusative case of 3563 and 2192; TDNT-2:816, *; adv
AV-discreetly 1; 1
1) wisely, discreetly, prudently

Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly <3562>, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

4998 sophron so’-frone
from the base of 4982 and that of 5424; TDNT-7:1097,1150; adj
AV-sober 2, temperate 1, discreet 1; 4
1) of a sound mind, sane, in one’s senses
2) curbing one’s desires and impulses, self-controlled, temperate

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober <4998>, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; {of good…: or, modest}
Titus 2:5 To be discreet <4998>, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.