|Out of the ground the
LORD God made various trees grow that were delightful to look at
and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the
garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. The LORD God gave man this order: "You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and bad. From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die."
The LORD said to Moses, "See, I have chosen Bezalel, son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with a divine spirit of skill and understanding and knowledge in every craft: in the production of embroidery, in making things of gold, silver or bronze, in cutting and mounting precious stones, in carving wood, and in every craft."
Moreover, God gave Solomon wisdom and exceptional understanding
and knowledge, as vast as the sand on the seashore. [1KGS 5:9]
King Solomon had Hiram brought from Tyre. He was a bronze worker, the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali; his father had been from Tyre. He was endowed with skill, understanding, and knowledge of how to produce any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his metal work.
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, "Make a request of me, and I will grant it to you." Solomon answered God: "You have shown great favor to my father David, and you have allowed me to succeed him as king. Now, LORD God, may your promise to my father David be fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me, therefore, wisdom and knowledge to lead this people, for otherwise who could rule this great people of yours?" God then replied to Solomon: "Since this has been your wish and you have not asked for riches, treasures and glory, nor for the life of those who hate you, nor even for a long life for yourself, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge in order to rule my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are given you; but I will also give you riches, treasures and glory, such as kings before you never had, nor will those have them who come after you."
When he was about to die under the blows, he groaned and said: "The Lord in his holy knowledge knows full well that, although I could have escaped death, I am not only enduring terrible pain in my body from this scourging, but also suffering it with joy in my soul because of my devotion to him." This is how he died, leaving in his death a model of courage and an unforgettable example of virtue not only for the young but for the whole nation.
If you inquire of the former generations, and give heed to the experience of the fathers (As we are but of yesterday and have no knowledge, because our days on earth are but a shadow), Will they not teach you and tell you and utter their words of understanding?
You darken their minds to knowledge; therefore they do not
understand. [JOB 17:4]
Can anyone teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those on
high? [JOB 21:22]
So Elihu, son of Barachel the Buzite, spoke out and said: I am young and you are very old; therefore I held back and was afraid to declare to you my knowledge. Days should speak, I thought, and many years teach wisdom! But it is a spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. It is not those of many days who are wise, nor the aged who understand the right. Therefore I say, hearken to me; let me too set forth my knowledge!
I too will speak my part; I also will show my knowledge! For I am full of matters to utter; the spirit within me compels me.
Behold, now I open my mouth; my tongue and my voice form words. I will state directly what is in my mind, my lips shall utter knowledge sincerely; For the spirit of God has made me, the breath of the Almighty keeps me alive. If you are able, refute me; draw up your arguments and stand forth. Behold I, like yourself, have been taken from the same clay by God.
Hear, O wise men, my discourse, and you that have knowledge,
hear me! [JOB 34:2]
Wait yet a little and I will instruct you, for there are still words to be said on God's behalf. I will bring my knowledge from afar, and to my Maker I will accord the right. For indeed, my theme cannot fail me: the one perfect in knowledge I set before you.
He opens their ears to correction and exhorts them to turn back from evil. If they obey and serve him, they spend their days in prosperity, their years in happiness. But if they obey not, they perish; they die for lack of knowledge.
Lo, God is great beyond our knowledge; the number of his years
is past searching out. [JOB 36:26]
Do you know how the clouds are banked, the wondrous work of him
who is perfect in knowledge? [JOB 37:16]
The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder's craft. One day to the next conveys that message; one night to the next imparts that knowledge.
They say, "Does God really know?" "Does the Most High have any knowledge?" Such, then, are the wicked, always carefree, increasing their wealth.
Is it in vain that I have kept my heart clean, washed my hands in innocence? For I am afflicted day after day, chastised every morning. Had I thought, "I will speak as they do," I would have betrayed your people. Though I tried to understand all this, it was too difficult for me, Till I entered the sanctuary of God and came to understand their end.
You set them, indeed, on a slippery road; you hurl them down to ruin.
Does the one who shaped the ear not hear? The one who formed the eye not see? Does the one who guides nations not rebuke? The one who teaches humans not have knowledge? The LORD does know human plans; they are only puffs of air.
Teach me wisdom and knowledge, for in your commands I trust.
LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and
stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My travels and my
rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a
word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all. Behind and before you
encircle me and rest your hand upon me. Such knowledge is beyond
me, far too lofty for me to reach. [PS 139:1-6]
The Proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel: That men may appreciate wisdom and discipline, may understand words of intelligence; May receive training in wise conduct, in what is right, just and honest; That resourcefulness may be imparted to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man by hearing them will advance in learning, an intelligent man will gain sound guidance, That he may comprehend proverb and parable, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise.
"Then they call me, but I answer not; they seek me, but find me not; Because they hated knowledge, and chose not the fear of the LORD; They ignored my counsel, they spurned all my reproof;
And in their arrogance they preferred arrogance, and like fools they hated knowledge:
Now they must eat the fruit of their own way, and with their own devices be glutted. For the self-will of the simple kills them, the smugness of fools destroys them. But he who obeys me dwells in security, in peace, without fear of harm."
My son, if you receive my words and treasure my commands, Turning your ear to wisdom, inclining your heart to understanding; Yes, if you call to intelligence, and to understanding raise your voice; If you seek her like silver, and like hidden treasures search her out: Then will you understand the fear of the LORD; the knowledge of God you will find; For the LORD gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; He has counsel in store for the upright, he is the shield of those who walk honestly, Guarding the paths of justice, protecting the way of his pious ones. Then you will understand rectitude and justice, honesty, every good path; For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will please your soul, Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you; Saving you from the way of evil men, from men of perverse speech, Who leave the straight paths to walk in the way of darkness, Who delight in doing evil, rejoice in perversity; Whose ways are crooked, and devious their
paths [Taken from PROV 2:1-15]
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, established the heavens by understanding; By his knowledge the depths break open, and the clouds drop down dew.
My son, to my wisdom be attentive, to my knowledge incline your ear, That discretion may watch over you, and understanding may guard you.
"Give heed! for noble things I speak; honesty opens my lips. Yes, the truth my mouth recounts, but the wickedness my lips abhor. Sincere are all the words of my mouth, no one of them is wily or crooked; All of them are plain to the man of intelligence, and right to those who attain knowledge. Receive my instruction in preference to silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold. (For Wisdom is better than corals, and no choice possessions can compare with her.)
I, Wisdom, dwell with experience, and judicious knowledge I attain."
The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD, and knowledge
of the Holy One is understanding. [PROV 9:10]
Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool is
imminent ruin. [PROV 10:14]
With his mouth the impious man would ruin his neighbor, but
through their knowledge the just make their escape. [PROV 11:9]
He who loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates
reproof is stupid. [PROV 12:1]
A shrewd man conceals his knowledge, but the hearts of fools
gush forth folly. [PROV 12:23]
The senseless man seeks in vain for wisdom, but knowledge is
easy to the man of intelligence. [PROV 14:6]
The shrewd man's wisdom gives him knowledge of his way, but the
folly of fools is their deception. [PROV 14:8]
The adornment of simpletons is folly, but shrewd men gain the
crown of knowledge. [PROV 14:18]
The tongue of the wise pours out knowledge, but the mouth of
fools spurts forth folly. [PROV 15:2]
The lips of the wise disseminate knowledge, but the heart of
fools is perverted. [PROV 15:7]
The mind of the intelligent man seeks knowledge, but the mouth
of fools feeds on folly. [PROV 15:14]
The mind of the intelligent gains knowledge, and the ear of the
wise seeks knowledge. [PROV 18:15]
Without knowledge even zeal is not good; and he who acts
hastily, blunders. [PROV 19:2]
If you beat an arrogant man, the simple learn a lesson; if you
rebuke an intelligent man, he gains knowledge. [PROV 19:25]
If a son ceases to hear instruction, he wanders from words of
knowledge. [PROV 19:27]
When the arrogant man is punished, the simple are the wiser;
when the wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. [PROV 21:11]
The eyes of the LORD safeguard knowledge, but he defeats the
projects of the faithless. [PROV 22:12]
The sayings of the wise: Incline your ear, and hear my words, and apply your heart to my doctrine; For it will be well if you keep them in your bosom, if they all are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the LORD, I make known to you the words of
Amen-em-Ope. Have I not written for you the "Thirty," with counsels and knowledge, To teach you truly how to give a dependable report to one who sends you?
Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of
knowledge. [PROV 23:12]
By wisdom is a house built, by understanding is it made firm; And by knowledge are its rooms filled with every precious and pleasing possession.
A wise man is more powerful than a strong man, and a man of knowledge than a man of might; For it is by wise guidance that you wage your war, and the victory is due to a wealth of counselors.
The words of Agur, son of Jakeh the Massaite: The pronouncement of mortal man: "I am not God; I am not God, that I should prevail. Why, I am the most stupid of men, and have not even human intelligence; Neither have I learned wisdom, nor have I the knowledge of the Holy One. Who has gone up to heaven and come down
again - who has cupped the wind in his hands? Who has bound up the waters in a
cloak - who has marked out all the ends of the earth? What is his name, what is his son's name, if you know it?"
Though I said to myself, "Behold, I have become great and stored up wisdom beyond all who were before me in Jerusalem, and my mind has broad experience of wisdom and knowledge"; yet when I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly, I learned that this also is a chase after wind. For in much wisdom there is much sorrow, and he who stores up knowledge stores up grief.
For here is a man who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and
skill, and to another, who has not labored over it, he must leave
his property. This also is vanity and a great misfortune. [ECCL
For to whatever man he sees fit he gives wisdom and knowledge
and joy; but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering
possessions to be given to whatever man God sees fit. This also is
vanity and a chase after wind. [ECCL 2:26]
For the protection of wisdom is as the protection of money; and
the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of
its owner. [ECCL 7:12]
I turned my thoughts toward knowledge; I sought and pursued
wisdom and reason, and I recognized that wickedness is foolish and
folly is madness. [ECCL 7:25]
Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and
weighed, scrutinized and arranged many proverbs. [ECCL 12:9]
Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings,
Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training. He professes to have knowledge of God and styles himself a child of the LORD.
Now what wisdom is, and how she came to be I shall relate; and
I shall hide no secrets from you, But from the very beginning I
shall search out and bring to light knowledge of her, nor shall I
diverge from the truth. [WISDOM 6:22]
Now God grant I speak suitably and value these endowments at their worth:
For he is the guide of Wisdom and the director of the wise. For both we and our words are in his hand, as well as all prudence and knowledge of crafts. For he gave me sound knowledge of existing things, that I might know the organization of the universe and the force of its elements, The beginning and the end and the midpoint of times, the changes in the sun's course and the variations of the seasons.
For those who forsook Wisdom first were bereft of knowledge of the right,
And then they left mankind a memorial of their folly - so that they could not even be hidden in their fall. But Wisdom delivered from tribulations those who served her. She, when the just man fled from his brother's anger, guided him in direct ways,
Showed him the kingdom of God and gave him knowledge of holy things;
She prospered him in his labors and made abundant the fruit of his works, Stood by him against the greed of his defrauders, and enriched
him [WISDOM 10:8-11]
But yet, for these the blame is less; For they indeed have gone astray perhaps, though they seek God and wish to find him. For they search busily among his works, but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair. But again, not even these are pardonable. For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its LORD?
Then it was not enough for them to err in their knowledge of
God; but even though they live in a great war of ignorance, they
call such evils peace. [WISDOM 14:22]
When they determined to put to death the infants of the holy ones, and when a single boy had been cast forth but saved,
As a reproof you carried off their multitude of sons and made them perish all at once in the mighty water. That night was known beforehand to our fathers, that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might have courage.
Knowledge and full understanding [wisdom] showers down; she
heightens the glory of those who possess her. [Taken from SIRACH
Where the pupil of the eye is missing, there is no light, and
where there is no knowledge, there is no wisdom. [SIRACH 3:24]
For it is through speech that wisdom becomes known, and
knowledge through the tongue's rejoinder. [SIRACH 4:24]
If you have the knowledge, answer your neighbor; if not, put
your hand over your mouth. [SIRACH 5:14]
Reject not the tradition of old men which they have learned
from their fathers; From it you will obtain the knowledge how to
answer in time of need. [SIRACH 8:9]
Wisdom and understanding and knowledge of affairs, love and
virtuous paths are from the LORD. [SIRACH 11:15]
Happy the man who meditates on wisdom, and reflects on knowledge; Who ponders her ways in his heart, and understands her paths; Who pursues her like a scout, and lies in wait at her entry
way [SIRACH 14:20-22]
Hearken to me, my son, take my advice, apply your mind to my words, While I propose measured wisdom, and impart accurate knowledge.
He forms men's tongues and eyes and ears, and imparts to them an understanding heart. With wisdom and knowledge he fills them; good and evil he shows them. He looks with favor upon their hearts, and shows them his glorious works, That they may describe the wonders of his deeds and praise his holy name. He has set before them knowledge, a law of life as their inheritance; An everlasting covenant he has made with them, his commandments he has revealed to them.
The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, nor is there
prudence in the counsel of sinners. [SIRACH 19:18]
A wise man's knowledge wells up in a flood, and his counsel, like a living spring; A fool's mind is like a broken
jar - no knowledge at all can it hold. [SIRACH 21:13-14]
All this is true of the book of the Most High's covenant, the law which Moses commanded us as an inheritance for the community of Jacob. It overflows, like the Pishon, with
wisdom - like the Tigris in the days of the new fruits. It runs over, like the Euphrates, with understanding, like the Jordan at harvest time. It sparkles like the Nile with knowledge, like the Gihon at vintage time. The first man never finished comprehending wisdom, nor will the last succeed in fathoming her.
How becoming to the gray-haired is judgment, and a knowledge of
counsel to those on in years! [SIRACH 25:4]
So too, all men are of clay, for from earth man was formed; Yet with his great knowledge the LORD makes men unlike; in different paths he has them walk.
A man with training gains wide knowledge; a man of experience
speaks sense. [SIRACH 34:9]
A man may be wise and benefit many, yet be of no use to himself. Though a man may be wise, if his words are rejected he will be deprived of all enjoyment. When a man is wise to his own advantage, the fruits of his knowledge are seen in his own person; When a man is wise to his people's advantage, the fruits of his knowledge are
enduring [SIRACH 37:19-22]
Hold the physician in honor, for he is essential to you, and God it was who established his profession. From God the doctor has his wisdom, and the king provides for his sustenance. His knowledge makes the doctor distinguished, and gives him access to those in authority. God makes the earth yield healing herbs which the prudent man should not neglect; Was not the water sweetened by a twig that men might learn his power? He endows men with the knowledge to glory in his mighty works, Through which the doctor eases pain and the druggist prepares his medicines; Thus God's creative work continues without cease in its efficacy on the surface of the earth.
His care is to seek the LORD, his Maker, to petition the Most High,
To open his lips in prayer, to ask pardon for his sins. Then, if it pleases the LORD Almighty, he will be filled with the spirit of understanding;
He will pour forth his words of wisdom and in prayer give thanks to the LORD, Who will direct his knowledge and his counsel, as he meditates upon his mysteries.
He plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart; their innermost being he understands.
The Most High possesses all knowledge, and sees from of old the things that are to come: He makes known the past and the future, and reveals the deepest secrets. No understanding does he lack; no single thing escapes him.
Solomon reigned during an era of peace, for God made tranquil all his borders.
He built a house to the name of God, and established a lasting sanctuary. How wise you were when you were young, overflowing with instruction, like the Nile in flood! Your understanding covered the whole earth, and, like a sea, filled it with knowledge.
But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land's afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea.
"To whom would he impart knowledge? To whom would he
convey the message? To those just weaned from milk, those taken
from the breast?" [ISA 28:9]
The LORD is exalted, enthroned on high; he fills Zion with right and justice. That which makes her seasons lasting, the riches that save her, are wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is her treasure.
Who has directed the spirit of the LORD, or has instructed him as his counselor? Whom did he consult to gain knowledge? Who taught him the path of judgment, or showed him the way of understanding?
Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal
God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow
weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. [ISA 40:28]
The idols have neither knowledge nor reason; their eyes are
coated so that they cannot see, and their hearts so that they
cannot understand. [ISA 44:18]
Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, who formed you from the womb:
I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens; when I spread out the earth, who was with me? It is I who bring to nought the omens of liars, who make fools of diviners;
I turn wise men back and make their knowledge foolish. [ISA
Come and assemble, gather together, you fugitives from among
the gentiles! They are without knowledge who bear wooden idols and
pray to gods that cannot save. [ISA 45:20]
Both these things shall come to you suddenly, in a single day:
Complete bereavement and widowhood shall come upon you For your many sorceries and the great number of your spells; Because you felt secure in your wickedness, and said, "No one sees me."
Your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, And you said to yourself, "I, and no one else!" But upon you shall come evil you will not know how to predict;
Disaster shall befall you which you cannot allay. Suddenly there shall come upon you ruin which you will not expect.
Look, then: I will give them knowledge; this time I will leave
them in no doubt Of my strength and my power: they shall know that
my name is LORD. [JER 16:21]
Because he dispensed justice to the weak and the poor, it went
well with him. Is this not true knowledge of me? says the LORD.
Thus says the LORD who made the earth and gave it form and firmness, whose name is LORD: Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell to you things great beyond reach of your knowledge.
The sons of Hagar who seek knowledge on earth, the merchants of
Midian and Teman, the phrasemakers seeking knowledge, These have
not known the way to wisdom, nor have they her paths in mind.
Yet he who knows all things knows her; he has probed her by his
knowledge - He who established the earth for all time, and filled it with four-footed beasts; He who dismisses the light, and it departs, calls it, and it obeys him trembling; Before whom the stars at their posts shine and rejoice; When he calls them, they answer, "Here we are!" shining with joy for their Maker. Such is our God; no other is to be compared to
him [BARUCH 3:32-36]
To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in
all literature and science, and to Daniel the understanding of all
visions and dreams. [DAN 1:17]
"Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and power are his. He causes the changes of the times and seasons, makes kings and unmakes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who understand. He reveals deep and hidden things and knows what is in the darkness, for the light dwells with him."
"There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy God; during the lifetime of your father he was seen to have brilliant knowledge and god-like wisdom. In fact, King Nebuchadnezzar, your father, made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, because of the extraordinary mind possessed by this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. He knew and understood how to interpret dreams, explain enigmas, and solve difficulties. Now therefore, summon Daniel to tell you what this means." Then Daniel was brought into the presence of the king. The king asked him, "Are you the Daniel, the Jewish exile, whom my father, the king, brought from Judah? I have heard that the spirit of God is in you, that you possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom. Now, the wise men and enchanters were brought in to me to read this writing and tell me its meaning, but they could not say what the words meant. But I have heard that you can interpret dreams and solve difficulties; if you are able to read the writing and tell me what it means, you shall be clothed in purple, wear a gold collar about your neck, and be third in the government of the kingdom." Daniel answered the king: "You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else; but the writing I will read for you, O king, and tell you what it means."
Hear the word of the LORD, O people of Israel, for the LORD has
a grievance against the inhabitants of the land: There is no
fidelity, no mercy, no knowledge of God in the land. [HOSEA 4:1]
My people perish for want of knowledge! Since you have rejected
knowledge, I will reject you from my priesthood; Since you have
ignored the law of your God, I will also ignore your sons. [HOSEA
But the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the LORD'S
glory as water covers the sea. [HAB 2:14]
For the lips of the priest are to keep knowledge, and
instruction is to be sought from his mouth, because he is the
messenger of the LORD of hosts. [MAL 2:7]
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them
falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. [MT 10:29]
The disciples approached him and said, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" He said to them in reply, "Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted."
Then Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people. He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant, even as he promised through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old: salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to show mercy to our fathers and to be mindful of his holy covenant and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father, and to grant us that, rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord
to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us"
He answered, "Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of
God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known
through parables so that 'they may look but not see, and hear but
not understand.'" [LK 8:10]
"Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the
key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped
those trying to enter." [LK 11:52]
Now if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast of God and know his will and are able to discern what is important since you are instructed from the law, and if you are confident that you are a guide for the blind and a light for those in darkness, that you are a trainer of the foolish and teacher of the simple, because in the law you have the formulation of knowledge and
truth - then you who teach another, are you failing to teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who forbid adultery, do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob temples? You who boast of the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!
I myself am convinced about you, my brothers, that you
yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and
able to admonish one another. [ROM 15:14]
I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We realize that "all of us have knowledge"; knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up. If anyone supposes he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if one loves God, one is known by him... we know that "there is no idol in the world," and that "there is no God but one." Indeed, even though there are so-called gods in heaven and on earth (there are, to be sure, many "gods" and many "lords"), yet for us there is
one God, the Father, from whom all things are and for whom we exist,
and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are and through whom we exist. But not all have this knowledge. There are some who have been so used to idolatry up until now
that... their conscience, which is weak, is defiled. Now food will not bring us closer to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, nor are we better off if we do. But make sure that this liberty of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak. If someone sees you, with your knowledge, reclining at table in the temple of an idol, may not his conscience too, weak as it is, be "built up" to eat...[food] sacrificed to idols? Thus through your knowledge, the weak person is brought to destruction, the brother for whom Christ died. When you sin in this way against your brothers and wound their consciences, weak as they are, you are sinning against Christ.
[Taken from 1COR 8:1-12]
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.
And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries
and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but
do not have love, I am nothing. [1COR 13:2]
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought
to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be
brought to nothing. [1COR 13:8]
Now I should like all of you to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. One who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be built up. Now, brothers, if I should come to you speaking in tongues, what good will I do you if I do not speak to you by way of revelation, or knowledge, or prophecy, or instruction? Likewise, if inanimate things that produce sound, such as flute or harp, do not give out the tones distinctly, how will what is being played on flute or harp be recognized?
Become sober as you ought and stop sinning. For some have no
knowledge of God; I say this to your shame. [1COR 15:34]
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ
and manifests through us the odor of the knowledge of him in every
place. [2COR 2:14]
For God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"
has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the
glory of God on the face of (Jesus) Christ. [2COR 4:6]
We cause no one to stumble in anything, in order that no fault may be found with our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left; through glory and dishonor, insult and praise. We are treated as deceivers and yet are
truthful [2COR 6:3-8]
Now as you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse,
knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you, may
you excel in this gracious act also. [2COR 8:7]
For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the
flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses. We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ, and we are ready to punish every disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge;
in every way we have made this plain to you in all things. [2COR
Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your
love for all the holy ones, do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming. Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head,
Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body's growth and builds itself up in love.
And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
Therefore, from the day we heard this, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you and for those in Laodicea
and all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, to have all the richness of fully assured understanding, for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator.
First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.
O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge. By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith. Grace be with all of you.
A slave of the Lord should not quarrel, but should be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant, correcting opponents with kindness. It may be that God will grant them repentance that leads to knowledge of the truth, and that they may return to their senses out of the devil's snare, where they are entrapped by him, for his will.
For some of these slip into homes and make captives of women weighed down by sins, led by various desires, always trying to learn but never able to reach a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so they also oppose the
truth - people of depraved mind, unqualified in the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their foolishness will be plain to all, as it was with those two.
If we sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains sacrifice for sins but a fearful prospect of judgment and a flaming fire that is going to consume the adversaries.
May grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of
God and of Jesus our Lord. [Taken from 2PT 1:2]
His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love. If these are yours and increase in abundance, they will keep you from being idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone who lacks them is blind and shortsighted, forgetful of the cleansing of his past sins.
Therefore, brothers, be all the more eager to make your call and election firm, for, in doing so, you will never stumble. For, in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.
For if they, having escaped the defilements of the world
through the knowledge of (our) Lord and savior Jesus Christ, again
become entangled and overcome by them, their last condition is
worse than their first. [2PT 2:20]
But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior
Jesus Christ. To him be glory now and to the day of eternity.
(Amen.) [2PT 3:18]
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the holy one, and you all have knowledge.
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