'Wise' in the Bible
"Every one who hears these my teachings and acts upon them will be found to resemble a wise man who builds his house upon rock;
"For this reason I am sending to you Prophets and wise men and Scribes. Some of them you will put to death--nay, crucify; some of them you will flog in your synagogues and chase from town to town;
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
but the wise, besides their torches, took oil in their flasks.
"'Give us some of your oil,' said the foolish ones to the wise, 'for our torches are going out.'
"'But perhaps,' replied the wise, 'there will not be enough for all of us. Go to the shops rather, and buy some for yourselves.'
But wisdom is justified by all who are truly wise."
There is not one who is really wise, nor one who is a diligent seeker after God.
Have full sympathy with one another. Do not give your mind to high things, but let humble ways content you. Do not be wise in your own conceits.
Your fidelity to the truth is everywhere known. I rejoice over you, therefore, but I wish you to be wise as to what is good, and simple-minded as to what is evil.
to God, the only wise, through Jesus Christ, even to Him be the glory through all the Ages! Amen.
Christ did not send me to baptize, but to proclaim the Good News; and not in merely wise words--lest the Cross of Christ should be deprived of its power.
For so it stands written, "I will exhibit the nothingness of the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nought."
Where is your wise man? Where your expounder of the Law? Where your investigator of the questions of this present age? Has not God shown the world's wisdom to be utter foolishness?
For consider, brethren, God's call to you. Not many who are wise with merely human wisdom, not many of position and influence, not many of noble birth have been called.
But God has chosen the things which the world regards as foolish, in order to put its wise men to shame; and God has chosen the things which the world regards as destitute of influence, in order to put its powerful things to shame;
Let no one deceive himself. If any man imagines that he is wise, compared with the rest of you, with the wisdom of the present age, let him become "foolish" so that he may be wise.
This world's wisdom is "foolishness" in God's sight; for it is written, "He snares the wise with their own cunning."
And again, "The Lord takes knowledge of the reasonings of the wise--how useless they are."
I say this to put you to shame. Has it come to this, that there does not exist among you a single wise man competent to decide between a man and his brother,
For we have not the 'courage' to rank ourselves among, or compare ourselves with, certain persons distinguished by their self-commendation. Yet they are not wise, measuring themselves, as they do, by one another and comparing themselves with one another.
Wise as you yourselves are, you find pleasure in tolerating fools.
Therefore be very careful how you live and act. Let it not be as unwise men, but as wise.
and that from infancy you have known the sacred writings which are able to make you wise to obtain salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Which of you is a wise and well-instructed man? Let him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit.