17 Bible Proverbs to Teach Your Children: Godly Wisdom for Kids!

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It seems the need for wisdom grows stronger every day – but not just any wisdom. We want to make sure we are making wise, godly choices in our lives and for our families.

But what about our children? How do we teach them godly wisdom? Here are 17 powerful, Bible proverbs for kids to memorize and be prepared for when they need the Lord’s wisdom in their lives!

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Biblical Proverbs for Kids to Hide in Their Hearts

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Something so important to understand and accept – but we have to learn the RIGHT kind of wisdom, and that comes from reading God’s Word, especially through the book of Proverbs.

Reading through the Proverbs is a great place to start reading, studying, and memorizing scripture with your children. It’s very practical, making it easier for kids to read and apply to real-life situations they face – because they will!

It’s a place for them to remember what God says when they are faced with new challenges each day (maybe even more than ever).

A super practical way to start this is to read one Proverb each day – there are 31 of them, so one for each day, and some months you can group two together.

I personally don’t think it was a “coincidence” that there is the same number of days in the month as there are Proverbs – it seems God desires for us to seek HIS wisdom every day of our lives and in every decision that we make.

Plus, reading a Proverb a day with your children is also a great way to start or move into with your family Bible time, and seek wisdom together as one family unit!

Along with reading a Proverb a day, reading through the Psalms with your children is also a good place to start as well. Here are some great Psalms to memorize with your kids (even littles!).

Keep reading for this list of Bible Proverbs to teach your children…

17 Proverbs for Children to Memorize

Here’s a list of the best Proverbs to start teaching to your kids! This will help them learn more and more about what God says is true and right, and seek His guidance over worldly wisdom.

Feel free to bookmark this page so you can refer back to it whenever you need. 🙂

*For more tips on helping your children memorize scripture, check out this post here: 10 Simple Ways To Teach Your Kids To Memorize Bible Verses.

1. Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” NIV

This is a great one to start with! Teach your kids that all truth and knowledge come from the Lord, and even more so, those who ignore it are actually called fools. Yikes!

2. Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” NIV

This is not only a fantastic Proverb for kids, but such an important Bible verse to memorize for all!

When we lean on our own understanding, it will lead to trouble; but when we submit to Him, HE will guide us in the way we should go. This is a promise of God!

Here is a great visual way to teach this verse to your kids, through song + fun hand motions they can do along with it:

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust (Hand Motions)

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3. Proverbs 3:13

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” NIV

This verse highlights just the importance of finding godly wisdom – it’s important to remind our kids that sometimes things make not make sense, or God may ask us to do something we don’t understand.

But trusting Him and HIS plan, because HE sees the bigger picture for their life. No matter what the world thinks, following God’s path is number 1!

4. Proverbs 6:20

“My son, keep your father’s command, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching.” CSB

Whoever said Proverbs weren’t for children must not have read this verse! As parents we are held to a standard to raise our children up in the Lord’s instructions – that’s our part.

But our kids need to know that God desires for them to listen to their parents, obey them, and honor them just as we all do to Him.

5. Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” NIV

To build off of Proverbs 3:13, not only are we to seek godly wisdom, but He tells us how! Knowledge of the Holy One comes from reading and meditating on His Word.

How do we get our kids to start reading His Word? Here are some free, easy Bible reading plans for kids! For those who are still learning to read or younger, you can help them learn scripture starting with these super easy-to-memorize Bible verses!

6. Proverbs 10:19

“When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is prudent.” CSB

This is such a great one for kids! They are learning the power of their tongues, and how to use their words wisely. There are lots of words to say, but it doesn’t always mean we should say them!

7. Proverbs 13:20

“The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.” CSB

We want our kids to choose good, godly friends, right? This doesn’t mean we don’t want them to b around unbelievers and share the Gospel with them, but those who they let influence them and in their inner circle.

Teach your children that who they hang out with matters. There is a great episode of one of our favorite Bible shows for kids called Sea Kids that shows this concept and it’s SO good.

You can check out Sea Kids as well as many other media options for kids on Go Minno – the best affordable Christian streaming service for kids! Grab your first month free HERE.

8. Proverbs 15:1

“A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.” CSB

This is more to build on the power of words and show our kids just how impactful they can be. We are called to be gentle with our words to soothe anger, not stir it up with careless words.

This is something that is hard to do even as adults, and the best way we can model this to our kids is to apologize when we are in the wrong or use our words unkindly. Remind them that you make mistakes too, and learn this Proverb together!

9. Proverbs 16:3

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” NIV

A great reminder for your kids to commit to God’s plan for their life, asking Him to reveal it to them and establish them! He has the best plan for us.

10. Proverbs 16:24

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” NIV

Notice how much God has to say about the power of our words in His Word?? I love this verse because it’s a great way to use a visual aid to teach it to your kids.

Something practical you can do is take a little bit of honey and let your kids have a spoonful. Ask them if it was sweet or sour. Then, you can say, “Now what if I put dirt in the spoon? Would that have tasted good?”

You may get some laughs and EWWWW’s, but it’s a great reminder that our words are to be sweet like honey, and good for building others up.

11. Proverbs 18:10

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.” CSB

No matter what challenges your children face in their lives, remind them that God is their refuge and safe place. In all the shifting and unstableness of this world, GOD is always steadfast.

As much as we want our children to be able to come to us (and they should), we want them to know that first and foremost, the Lord is their refuge – He will always uphold them and not let them down.

12. Proverbs 20:7

“The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.” NIV

This is an encouraging verse for parents too, and a great reminder for our children that the decision we make now affects generations!

13. Proverbs 27:17

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” NIV

Another verse about the importance of the company we keep – we want our kids to find friends who will encourage them but also hold them accountable.

Finding friends who love Jesus is so vital because they will (hopefully) give us biblical advice and wisdom from God’s Word, rather than worldly advice that will lead us astray.

14. Proverbs 28:13

“The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.” CSB

This is such an important principle to teach our children and the basis of understanding the Gospel. When we sin it’s so important to confess our sin so we can find forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

Back to my earlier point – we as parents are not immune to this.

When we mess up or make a mistake towards our children, we should confess our sins to them and model this. We can’t expect them to do something we don’t do ourselves right?

15. Proverbs 30:5

“Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” CSB

Again, He is our shield and refuge! And our children can know that every single Word from the Lord is true – therefore, the Bible is where go to find the truth in all situations.

16. Proverbs 31:10

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” NIV

This is obviously geared towards our girls, but boys need to know this too!

Our daughters need to know the importance of growing in love and knowledge of the Lord – how precious is a woman who fears the Lord, and whose beauty is within.

And for your sons, this Proverb helps remind them to find a woman who loves the Lord and what a good wife should look like – on the INSIDE, not the outside.

17. Proverbs 31:30

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.” CSB

This is such a great Bible verse for our daughters to read and really keep in their hearts. The world has SO many “standards” for what beauty looks like; but we can find what God thinks is beautiful here in this verse.

A woman who LOVES and reveres Him.

There’s also a beautiful song from Seeds Family Worship (one of our favorite scripture music options for kids) called “A Woman Who Fears the Lord” that highlights this passage. Listen to it here:

A Woman Who Fears the Lord (Proverbs 31:30)

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My daughter and I listen to this song quite often, and it even helped her memorize the verse. Plus, I was able to have a great conversation with her about where her true beauty comes from!

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Teach Godly Wisdom With These Proverbs For Kids

I pray that these Proverbs for kids give you a good place to start teaching your children godly wisdom and helping them hide His Word in their hearts.

I also hope that YOU are encouraged in your parenting and can continue to find what God wills for your life and the life of your family. 🙂

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