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Counsel is essential for gaining wisdom, though human advice is not always reliable. God’s advice is necessary and trustworthy for guidance in life.

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Human advice

A wise person seeks advice from others

Proverbs 12:15 ESV
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
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Rejecting good advice can lead to disaster

Proverbs 1:30–31 ESV
would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.
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Human advice can have unseen dangers

Proverbs 12:5 ESV
The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
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Examples of good human advice

Jethro; Hushai

Persian experts:

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Daniel; Gamaliel; Paul

Examples of bad human advice

Balaam

Ahithophel:

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Jeroboam; Egyptian advisers

Seeking advice from false gods is futile

Leviticus 19:31 ESV
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.
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God needs no-one to advise him

Isaiah 40:13–14 ESV
Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?
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God gives advice

To his people

Psalm 32:8 ESV
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
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Through Jesus Christ and his Spirit

Isaiah 11:2 ESV
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
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Through his word

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

God frustrates bad advice

1 Corinthians 1:19 ESV
For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
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Examples of receiving God’s advice

David:

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Jehoshaphat:

1 Kings 22:5 ESV
And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.”

Examples of rejecting God’s advice

Job:

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Israel:

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