Worldly Wisdom

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1 Corinthians 3:19

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written:He catches the wise in their craftiness;

James 3:15

Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Genesis 3:6-7

Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Job 4:18-21

If God puts no trust in His servants
and He charges His angels with foolishness, how much more those who dwell in clay houses,
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth! They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk;
they perish forever while no one notices.read more.
Are their tent cords not pulled up?
They die without wisdom.

Job 5:13

He traps the wise in their craftiness
so that the plans of the deceptive
are quickly brought to an end.

Job 11:2

Should this stream of words go unanswered
and such a talker be acquitted?

Job 11:12

But a stupid man will gain understanding
as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!

Job 37:24

Therefore, men fear Him.
He does not look favorably on any who are wise in heart.

Proverbs 15:21-22

Foolishness brings joy to one without sense,
but a man with understanding walks a straight path. Plans fail when there is no counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.

Ecclesiastes 10:2-3

A wise man’s heart goes to the right,
but a fool’s heart to the left. Even when the fool walks along the road, his heart lacks sense,
and he shows everyone he is a fool.

Isaiah 29:14-16

therefore I will again confound these people
with wonder after wonder.
The wisdom of their wise men will vanish,
and the understanding of the perceptive will be hidden. Woe to those who go to great lengths
to hide their plans from the Lord.
They do their works in darkness,
and say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” You have turned things around,
as if the potter were the same as the clay.
How can what is made say about its maker,
“He didn’t make me”?
How can what is formed
say about the one who formed it,
“He doesn’t understand what he’s doing”?

Isaiah 47:10-11

You were secure in your wickedness;
you said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and knowledge
led you astray.
You said to yourself,
‘I exist, and there is no one else.’ But disaster will happen to you;
you will not know how to avert it.
And it will fall on you,
but you will be unable to ward it off.
Devastation will happen to you suddenly
and unexpectedly.

Jeremiah 8:7-9

Even the stork in the sky
knows her seasons.
The turtledove, swallow, and crane
are aware of their migration,
but My people do not know
the requirements of the Lord. “How can you claim, ‘We are wise;
the law of the Lord is with us’?
In fact, the lying pen of scribes
has produced falsehood. The wise will be put to shame;
they will be dismayed and snared.
They have rejected the word of the Lord,
so what wisdom do they really have?

Jeremiah 9:23-24

This is what the Lord says:The wise man must not boast in his wisdom;
the strong man must not boast in his strength;
the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth. But the one who boasts should boast in this,
that he understands and knows Me—
that I am Yahweh, showing faithful love,
justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for I delight in these things.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Jeremiah 49:7

About Edom, this is what the Lord of Hosts says:Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?
Has counsel perished from the prudent?
Has their wisdom rotted away?

Matthew 6:23

But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness!

Romans 1:21-23

For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

1 Corinthians 2:1-14

When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.read more.
My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. However, we do speak a wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, a wisdom God predestined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:What eye did not see and ear did not hear,
and what never entered the human mind—
God prepared this for those who love Him. Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually.

1 Timothy 6:20-21

Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding irreverent, empty speech and contradictions from the “knowledge” that falsely bears that name. By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith.Grace be with all of you.

Isaiah 29:14

therefore I will again confound these people
with wonder after wonder.
The wisdom of their wise men will vanish,
and the understanding of the perceptive will be hidden.

Isaiah 47:10

You were secure in your wickedness;
you said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and knowledge
led you astray.
You said to yourself,
‘I exist, and there is no one else.’

Jeremiah 4:22

“For My people are fools;
they do not know Me.
They are foolish children,
without understanding.
They are skilled in doing what is evil,
but they do not know how to do what is good.”

Ezekiel 28:4

By your wisdom and understanding
you have acquired wealth for yourself.
You have acquired gold and silver
for your treasuries.

1 Corinthians 1:19

For it is written:I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and I will set aside the understanding of the experts.

1 Corinthians 2:6

However, we do speak a wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

2 Corinthians 1:20

For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in Him. Therefore, the “Amen” is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory.

Colossians 2:23

Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.

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1 Corinthians 3:20

and again, The Lord knows that the reasoningsof the wise are meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 2:21

When there is a man whose work was done with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and he must give his portion to a man who has not worked for it, this too is futile and a great wrong.

Ecclesiastes 2:15

So I said to myself, “What happens to the fool will also happen to me. Why then have I been overly wise?” And I said to myself that this is also futile.

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