… wisdom …

““But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?”

(Job 28:12, NRSV)

“… this is your wisdom … “

Look! I have shown you the ordinances and judgments just as the Lord commanded me, to do so in the land into which you are entering there to take possession of it. And you shall keep and do them, for this is your wisdom and understanding in the sight of all nations; all who may hear all these ordinances will say, ‘Look, this great nation is a wise and prudent people.’ For what other great nation has for itself a god near to it like the Lord our God in all when we appeal to him? And what other great nation has for itself ordinances and just judgments according to all this law that I am delivering to you today?

(Deuteronomy 4:5–8, LES)

“For in much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow.”

(Ecclesiastes 1:18, NRSV)

“For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to the one who possesses it.”

(Ecclesiastes 7:12, NRSV)

“I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. There was a little city with few people in it. A great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than might; yet the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heeded.” The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one bungler destroys much good.”

(Ecclesiastes 9:13–18, NRSV)

“Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God—and all the more toward you.”

(2 Corinthians 1:12, NRSV)

“My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, you will find a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

(Proverbs 24:13–14, NRSV)

“And my language and the Message that I proclaimed were not adorned with persuasive words of earthly wisdom, but depended upon truths which the Spirit taught and mightily carried home; so that your trust might rest not on the wisdom of man but on the power of God.”

(1 Corinthians 2:4–5, WNT)

“Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.”

(Proverbs 14:33, ESV)

“This is what the Lord says: “Stand on the roads, and see, and inquire of the eternal paths of the Lord, and see what is the good way! And proceed in it, and you will find purification for your souls.” …”

(Jeremiah 6:16, LES)

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