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Wisdom, source of human

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True wisdom belongs to God and may be given by him alone. It cannot be received by those who put confidence in worldly wisdom which is based upon human cleverness and insight without God’s revelation and which will come to nothing.

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True wisdom comes from God

It is given by God alone

Job 12:13 NIV
“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
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It is received through God’s word

Psalm 19:7 NIV
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
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It is received through submission to God

Proverbs 15:33 NIV
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.
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It is imparted by God’s Spirit

Ephesians 1:17 NIV
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
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It is given in response to prayer

James 1:5 NIV
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
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The emptiness of worldly wisdom

Worldly wisdom is foolishness to God

1 Corinthians 3:19–20 NIV
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”
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God cannot be known by worldly wisdom

1 Corinthians 1:21 NIV
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
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Worldly wisdom builds pride and false hope

Isaiah 47:10 NIV
You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’
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Paul uses irony to condemn the “wisdom” in which the Corinthians take pride:


Worldly wisdom will be confounded

Isaiah 29:14 NIV
Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
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The revelation of divine wisdom

It is revealed in Jesus Christ

God’s wisdom, which is hidden from those who rely on human wisdom, is the message of Christ crucified.
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It is rejected by the worldly-wise

1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
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It is revealed to the unlearned

; God’s wisdom may be received only by those willing to give up all reliance on their own human insight and understanding.
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It is revealed through the church

Ephesians 3:10 NIV
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

God-given wisdom is superior to worldly wisdom

Luke 21:15 NIV
For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
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