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It is just as I told Pharaoh: God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. Seven years of great abundance are now coming throughout the land of Egypt; but these will be followed by seven years of famine, when all the abundance in the land of Egypt will be forgotten. When the famine has ravaged the land, no trace of the abundance will be found in the land because of the famine that follows it - so utterly severe will that famine be. That Pharaoh had the same dream twice means that the matter has been reaffirmed by God and that God will soon bring it about. "Therefore, let Pharaoh seek out a wise and discerning man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Pharaoh should also take action to appoint overseers, so as to regiment the land during the seven years of abundance. They should husband all the food of the coming good years, collecting the grain under Pharaoh's authority, to be stored in the towns for food. This food will serve as a reserve for the country against the seven years of famine that are to follow in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish in the famine." This advice pleased Pharaoh and all his officials. "Could we find another like him," Pharaoh asked his officials, "a man so endowed with the spirit of God?" So Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Since God has made all this known to you, no one can be as wise and discerning as you are. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people shall dart at your command. Only in respect to the throne shall I outrank you." [GEN 41:28-40]

The next day Moses sat in judgment for the people, who waited about him from morning until evening. When his father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he inquired, "What sort of thing is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone while all the people have to stand about you from morning till evening?" Moses answered his father-in-law, "The people come to me to consult God. Whenever they have a disagreement, they come to me to have me settle the matter between them and make known to them God's decisions and regulations." "You are not acting wisely," his father-in-law replied. "You will surely wear yourself out, and not only yourself but also these people with you. The task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. Now, listen to me, and I will give you some advice, that God may be with you. Act as the people's representative before God, bringing to him whatever they have to say. Enlighten them in regard to the decisions and regulations, showing them how they are to live and what they are to do. But you should also look among all the people for able and God-fearing men, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain, and set them as officers over groups of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. Let these men render decisions for the people in all ordinary cases. More important cases they should refer to you, but all the lesser cases they can settle themselves. Thus, your burden will be lightened, since they will bear it with you. If you do this, when God gives you orders you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied." Moses followed the advice of his father-in-law and did all that he had suggested. [EX 18:13-24]

"At that time I said to you, 'Alone, I am unable to carry you. The LORD, your God, has so multiplied you that you are now as numerous as the stars in the sky. May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times over, and bless you as he promised! But how can I alone bear the crushing burden that you are, along with your bickering? Choose wise, intelligent and experienced men from each of your tribes, that I may appoint them as your leaders.' You answered me, 'We agree to do as you have proposed.' So I took outstanding men of your tribes, wise and experienced, and made them your leaders as officials over thousands, over hundreds, over fifties and over tens, and other tribal officers. I charged your judges at that time, 'Listen to complaints among your kinsmen, and administer true justice to both parties even if one of them is an alien. In rendering judgment, do not consider who a person is; give ear to the lowly and to the great alike, fearing no man, for judgment is God's. Refer to me any case that is too hard for you and I will hear it.' Thereupon I gave you all the commands you were to fulfill." [DEUT 1:9-18]

Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees as the LORD, my God, has commanded me, that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy. Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, 'This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.' [DEUT 4:5-6]

You shall not distort justice; you must be impartial. You shall not take a bribe; for a bribe blinds the eyes even of the wise and twists the words even of the just. [DEUT 16:19]

The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request. So God said to him: "Because you have asked for this - not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is right - I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you. In addition, I give you what you have not asked for, such riches and glory that among kings there is not your like. And if you follow me by keeping my statutes and commandments, as your father David did, I will give you a long life." [1KGS 3:10-14]

Solomon surpassed all the Cedemites and all the Egyptians in wisdom. He was wiser than all other men - than Ethan the Ezrahite, or Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the musicians - and his fame spread throughout the neighboring nations. [1KGS 5:10-11]

When he had heard the words of Solomon, Hiram was pleased and said, "Blessed be the LORD this day, who has given David a wise son to rule this numerous people." [1KGS 5:21]

Huram, king of Tyre, wrote an answer which he sent to Solomon: "Because the LORD loves his people, he has placed you over them as king." He added: "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, for having given King David a wise son of intelligence and understanding, who will build a house for the LORD and also a house for his royal estate." [2CHRON 2:10-11]

"Seek counsel from every wise man, and do not think lightly of any advice that can be useful." [TOBIT 4:18]

They marveled at her beauty, regarding the Israelites with wonder because of her, and they said to one another, "Who can despise this people that has such women among them? It is not wise to leave one man of them alive, for if any were to be spared they could beguile the whole world." [JDTH 10:19]

Her words pleased Holofernes and all his servants; they marveled at her wisdom and exclaimed, "No other woman from one end of the world to the other looks so beautiful and speaks so wisely!" [JDTH 11:20-21]

"Here is your brother Simeon who I know is a wise man; listen to him always, and he will be a father to you." [1MACC 2:65]

He gives rain upon the earth and sends water upon the fields; He sets up on high the lowly, and those who mourn he exalts to safety. He frustrates the plans of the cunning, so that their hands achieve no success; He catches the wise in their own ruses, and the designs of the crafty are routed. They meet with darkness in the daytime, and at noonday they grope as though it were night. [JOB 5:10-14]

God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? [JOB 9:4]

But turn now, and come on again; for I shall not find a wise man among you! [JOB 17:10]

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. [JOB 32:7-9]

The Almighty! we cannot discover him, pre-eminent in power and judgment; his great justice owes no one an accounting. Therefore men revere him, though none can see him, however wise their hearts. [JOB 37:23-24]

Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the human race, To see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God. All have gone astray; all alike are perverse. Not one does what is right, not even one. [PS 14:1-3]

The LORD foils the plan of nations, frustrates the designs of peoples. But the plan of the LORD stands forever, wise designs through all generations. Happy the nation whose God is the LORD, the people chosen as his very own. [PS 33:10-12]

Sin directs the heart of the wicked; their eyes are closed to the fear of God. For they live with the delusion: their guilt will not be known and hated. Empty and false are the words of their mouth; they have ceased to be wise and do good. In their beds they hatch plots; they set out on a wicked way; they do not reject evil. [PS 36:2-5]

Anyone can see that the wisest die, the fool and the senseless pass away too, and must leave their wealth to others. [PS 49:11]

God looks down from heaven upon the human race, To see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God. [PS 53:3]

They say, "The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice." Understand, you stupid people! You fools, when will you be wise? 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. [PS 94:7-11]

But he poured out contempt on princes, made them wander the trackless wastes, Where they were diminished and brought low through misery and cruel oppression, While the poor were released from their affliction; their families increased like their flocks. The upright saw this and rejoiced; all wickedness shut its mouth. Whoever is wise will take note of these things, will ponder the merciful deeds of the LORD. [PS 107:40-43]

Hallelujah. I will praise the LORD with all my heart in the assembled congregation of the upright. Great are the works of the LORD, to be treasured for all their delights. Majestic and glorious is your work, your wise design endures forever. You won renown for your wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is the LORD. [PS 111:1-4]

How I love your teaching, Lord! I study it all day long. Your command makes me wiser than my foes, for it is always with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, because I ponder your decrees. I have more insight than my elders, because I observe your precepts. I keep my steps from every evil path, that I may obey your word. [PS 119:97-101]

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. [PROV 1:1-7]

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the LORD and turn away from evil; This will mean health for your flesh and vigor for your bones. [PROV 3:5-8]

Honor is the possession of wise men, but fools inherit shame. [PROV 3:35]

Reprove not an arrogant man, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. [PROV 9:8]

Instruct a wise man, and he becomes still wiser; teach a just man, and he advances in learning. [PROV 9:9]

If you are wise, it is to your own advantage; and if you are arrogant, you alone shall bear it. [PROV 9:12]

A wise son makes his father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother. [PROV 10:1]

A wise man heeds commands, but a prating fool will be overthrown. [PROV 10:8]

Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool is imminent ruin. [PROV 10:14]

He who upsets his household has empty air for a heritage; and the fool will become slave to the wise man. [PROV 11:29]

The way of the fool seems right in his own eyes, but he who listens to advice is wise. [PROV 12:15]

The prating of some men is like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise is healing. [PROV 12:18]

A wise son loves correction, but the senseless one heeds no rebuke. [PROV 13:1]

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that a man may avoid the snares of death. [PROV 13:14]

Walk with wise men and you will become wise, but the companion of fools will fare badly. [PROV 13:20]

In the mouth of the fool is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise preserve them. [PROV 14:3]

The wise man is cautious and shuns evil; the fool is reckless and sure of himself. [PROV 14:16]

The crown of the wise is resourcefulness; the diadem of fools is folly. [PROV 14:24]

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 senseless man loves not to be reproved; to wise men he will not go. [PROV 15:12]

A wise son makes his father glad, but a fool of a man despises his mother. [PROV 15:20]

He who listens to salutary reproof will abide among the wise. [PROV 15:31]

The king's wrath is like messengers of death, but a wise man can pacify it. [PROV 16:14]

The wise man is esteemed for his discernment, yet pleasing speech increases his persuasiveness. [PROV 16:21]

The mind of the wise man makes him eloquent, and augments the persuasiveness of his lips. [PROV 16:23]

He who spares his words is truly wise, and he who is chary of speech is a man of intelligence. [PROV 17:27]

Even a fool, if he keeps silent, is considered wise; if he closes his lips, intelligent. [PROV 17:28]

The mind of the intelligent gains knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. [PROV 18:15]

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise. [PROV 19:20]

Wine is arrogant, strong drink is riotous; none who goes astray for it is wise. [PROV 20:1]

Like gold or a wealth of corals, wise lips are a precious ornament. [PROV 20:15]

Plans made after advice succeed; so with wise guidance wage your war. [PROV 20:18]

A wise king winnows the wicked, and threshes them under the cartwheel. [PROV 20:26]

When the arrogant man is punished, the simple are the wiser; when the wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. [PROV 21:11]

Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise, but the fool consumes it. [PROV 21:20]

The wise man storms a city of the mighty, and overthrows the stronghold in which it trusts. [PROV 21:22]

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. [PROV 22:17-18]

My son, if your heart be wise, my own heart also will rejoice; And my inmost being will exult, when your lips speak what is right. Let not your heart emulate sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD always; For you will surely have a future, and your hope will not be cut off. [PROV 23:15-18]

Hear, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the right way. [PROV 23:19]

The father of a just man will exult with glee; he who begets a wise son will have joy in him. [PROV 23:24]

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. [PROV 24:5-6]

These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judgment is not good. [PROV 24:23]

Like a golden earring, or a necklace of fine gold, is a wise reprover to an obedient ear. [PROV 25:12]

Answer the fool according to his folly, lest he become wise in his own eyes. [PROV 26:5]

You see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. [PROV 26:12]

The sluggard imagines himself wiser than seven men who answer with good sense. [PROV 26:16]

If you are wise, my son, you will gladden my heart, and I will be able to rebut him who taunts me. [PROV 27:11]

He who keeps the law is a wise son, but the gluttons' companion disgraces his father. [PROV 28:7]

The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who is intelligent sees through him. [PROV 28:11]

Arrogant men set the city ablaze, but wise men calm the fury. [PROV 29:8]

If a wise man disputes with a fool, he may rage or laugh but can have no peace. [PROV 29:9]

The fool gives vent to all his anger; but by biding his time, the wise man calms it. [PROV 29:11]

Four things are among the smallest on the earth, and yet are exceedingly wise: Ants - a species not strong, yet they store up their food in the summer; Rock-badgers - a species not mighty, yet they make their home in the crags; Locusts - they have no king, yet they migrate all in array; Lizards - you can catch them with your hands, yet they find their way into king's palaces. [PROV 30:24-28]

And I detested all the fruits of my labor under the sun, because I must leave them to a man who is to come after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruits of my wise labor under the sun. This also is vanity. [ECCL 2:18-19]

Better is a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows caution; for from a prison house one comes forth to rule, since even in his royalty he was poor at birth. [ECCL 4:13-14]

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting, For that is the end of every man, and the living should take it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, because when the face is sad the heart grows wiser. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. [ECCL 7:2-4]

It is better to hearken to the wise man's rebuke than to hearken to the song of fools; For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the fool's laughter. [ECCL 7:5-6]

For oppression can make a fool of a wise man, and a bribe corrupts the heart. [ECCL 7:7]

I have seen all manner of things in my vain days: a just man perishing in his justice, and a wicked one surviving in his wickedness. "Be not just to excess, and be not overwise, lest you be ruined." [ECCL 7:15-16]

Wisdom is a better defense for the wise man than would be ten princes in the city, yet there is no man on earth so just as to do good and never sin. [ECCL 7:19-20]

Who is like the wise man, and who knows the explanation of things? A man's wisdom illumines his face, but an impudent look is resented. [ECCL 8:1]

"He who keeps the commandment experiences no evil, and the wise man's heart knows times and judgments; for there is a time and a judgment for everything." - Yet it is a great affliction for man that he is ignorant of what is to come; for who will make known to him how it will be? [ECCL 8:5-7]

I recognized that man is unable to find out all God's work that is done under the sun, even though neither by day nor by night do his eyes find rest in sleep. However much man toils in searching, he does not find it out; and even if the wise man says that he knows, he is unable to find it out. [ECCL 8:17]

On the other hand I saw this wise deed under the sun, which I thought sublime. Against a small city with few men in it advanced a mighty king, who surrounded it and threw up great siegeworks about it. But in the city lived a man who, though poor, was wise, and he delivered it through his wisdom. Yet no one remembered this poor man. Though I had said, "Wisdom is better than force," yet the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words go unheeded. "The quiet words of the wise are better heeded than the shout of a ruler of fools"... "A fly that dies can spoil the perfumer's ointment, and a single slip can ruin much that is good." [ECCL 9:13-18]

The wise man's understanding turns him to his right; the fool's understanding turns him to his left. When the fool walks through the street, in his lack of understanding he calls everything foolish. [ECCL 10:2-3]

Words from the wise man's mouth win favor, but the fool's lips consume him. [ECCL 10:12]

Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized and arranged many proverbs. [ECCL 12:9]

Yes, the just man dead condemns the sinful who live, and youth swiftly completed condemns the many years of the wicked man grown old. For they see the death of the wise man and do not understand what the LORD intended for him, or why he made him secure. They see, and hold him in contempt; but the LORD laughs them to scorn. [WISDOM 4:16-18]

A great number of wise men is the safety of the world, and a prudent king, the stability of his people; so take instruction from my words, to your profit. [WISDOM 6:24-25]

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. [WISDOM 7:15-16]

To whom has wisdom's root been revealed? Who knows her subtleties? There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring, seated upon his throne: It is the LORD; he created her, has seen her and taken note of her. He has poured her forth upon all his works, upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends. [SIRACH 1:5-8]

The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the wise man's joy. [SIRACH 3:28]

If you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise. [SIRACH 6:33]

Frequent the company of the elders; whoever is wise, stay close to him. [SIRACH 6:34]

Be eager to hear every godly discourse; let no wise saying escape you. [SIRACH 6:35]

Let a wise servant be dear to you as your own self; refuse him not his freedom. [SIRACH 7:21]

Spurn not the discourse of the wise, but acquaint yourself with their proverbs; From them you will acquire the training to serve in the presence of princes. [SIRACH 8:8]

As best you can, take your neighbors' measure, and associate with the wise. [SIRACH 9:14]

A wise magistrate lends stability to his people, and the government of a prudent man is well ordered. [SIRACH 10:1]

It is not just to despise a man who is wise but poor, nor proper to honor any sinner. [SIRACH 10:22]

Many are the supporters for a rich man when he speaks; though what he says is odious, it wins approval. When a poor man speaks they make sport of him; he speaks wisely and no attention is paid him. [SIRACH 13:21]

Unseemly is praise on a sinner's lips, for it is not accorded to him by God. But praise is offered by the wise man's tongue; its rightful steward will proclaim it. [SIRACH 15:9-10] 

Through one wise man can a city be peopled; through a clan of rebels it becomes desolate. [SIRACH 16:4]

A wise man is circumspect in all things; when sin is rife he keeps himself from wrongdoing. [SIRACH 18:27]

One can tell a man by his appearance; a wise man is known as such when first met. [SIRACH 19:25]

An admonition can be inopportune, and a man may be wise to hold his peace. [SIRACH 20:1]

One man is silent and is thought wise, another is talkative and is disliked. [SIRACH 20:4]

A wise man is silent till the right time comes, but a boasting fool ignores the proper time. [SIRACH 20:6]

A wise man makes himself popular by a few words, but fools pour forth their blandishments in vain. [SIRACH 20:12]

A wise man advances himself by his words, a prudent man pleases the great. [SIRACH 20:26]

Widely known is the boastful speaker but the wise man knows his own faults. [SIRACH 21:7]

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]

A fool's chatter is like a load on a journey, but there is charm to be found upon the lips of the wise. [SIRACH 21:16]

Like a chain of gold is learning to a wise man, like a bracelet on his right arm. [SIRACH 21:21]

Fools' thoughts are in their mouths, wise men's words are in their hearts. [SIRACH 21:26]

Ever wise are the discourses of the devout, but the godless man, like the moon, is inconstant. [SIRACH 27:11]

Be brief, but say much in those few words, be like the wise man, taciturn. [SIRACH 32:8]

A man may be wise and benefit many, yet be of no use to himself. [SIRACH 37:19]

Though a man may be wise, if his words are rejected he will be deprived of all enjoyment. [SIRACH 37:20]

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 [Taken from SIRACH 37:21-22]

One wise for himself has full enjoyment, and all who see him praise him; One wise for his people wins a heritage of glory, and his name endures forever. [SIRACH 37:24-25]

The scribe's profession increases his wisdom; whoever is free from toil can become a wise man. [SIRACH 38:24]

Because of his merits [David] had as his successor a wise son, who lived in security: 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. Your fame reached distant coasts, and their peoples came to hear you; With song and story and riddle, and with your answers, you astounded the nations. [SIRACH 47:12-17]

Wise instruction, appropriate proverbs, I have written in this book, I, Jesus, son of Eleazar, son of Sirach, as they gushed forth from my heart's understanding. Happy the man who meditates upon these things, wise the man who takes them to heart! If he puts them into practice, he can cope with anything, for the fear of the LORD is his lamp. [SIRACH 50:27-29]

Woe to those who are wise in their own sight, and prudent in their own esteem! [ISA 5:21]

Utter fools are the princes of Zoan! the wisest of Pharaoh's advisers give stupid counsel. How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am a disciple of wise men, of ancient kings"? Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you and make known What the LORD of hosts has planned against Egypt. [ISA 19:11-12]

The Lord said: Since this people draws near with words only and honors me with their lips alone, though their hearts are far from me, And their reverence for me has become routine observance of the precepts of men, Therefore I will again deal with this people in surprising and wondrous fashion: The wisdom of its wise men shall perish and the understanding of its prudent men be hid. [ISA 29:13-14]

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who depend upon horses; Who put their trust in chariots because of their number, and in horsemen because of their combined power, But look not to the Holy One of Israel nor seek the LORD! Yet he too is wise and will bring disaster; he will not turn from what he has threatened to do. He will rise up against the house of the wicked and against those who help evildoers. [ISA 31:1-2]

See, a king will reign justly and princes will rule rightly. Each of them will be a shelter from the wind, a retreat from the rain. They will be like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a great rock in a parched land. The eyes of those who see will not be closed; the ears of those who hear will be attentive. The flighty will become wise and capable, and the stutterers will speak fluently and clearly. No more will the fool be called noble, nor the trickster be considered honorable. For the fool speaks foolishly, planning evil in his heart: How to do wickedness, to speak perversely against the LORD, To let the hungry go empty and the thirsty be without drink. [ISA 32:1-6]

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. It is I who confirm the words of my servants, I carry out the plan announced by my messengers; I say to Jerusalem: Be inhabited; to the cities of Judah: Be rebuilt; I will raise up their ruins. [ISA 44:24-26]

Return, rebellious children, says the LORD, for I am your Master; I will take you, one from a city, two from a clan, and bring you to Zion. I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently. [JER 3:14-15]

Fools my people are, they know me not; Senseless children they are, having no understanding; They are wise in evil, but know not how to do good. [JER 4:22]

How can you say, "We are wise, we have the law of the LORD"? Why, that has been changed into falsehood by the lying pen of the scribes! The wise are confounded, dismayed and ensnared; Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, of what avail is their wisdom? [JER 8:8-9]

Who is so wise that he can understand this? Let him to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken make it known: Why is the land ravaged, scorched like a wasteland untraversed? The LORD answered: Because they have abandoned my law, which I set before them, and have not followed it or listened to my voice, but followed rather the hardness of their hearts and the Baals, as their fathers had taught them; therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: See now, I will give them wormwood to eat and poison to drink. [JER 9:11-14]

Thus says the LORD: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, nor the strong man glory in his strength, nor the rich man glory in his riches; But rather, let him who glories, glory in this, that in his prudence he knows me, Knows that I, the LORD, bring about kindness, justice and uprightness on the earth; For with such am I pleased, says the LORD. [JER 9:22-23]

No one is like you, O LORD, great are you, great and mighty is your name. Who would not fear you, King of the nations, for it is your due! Among all the wisest of the nations, and in all their domain, there is none like you. [JER 10:6-7]

"Come," they said, "let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets. And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue; let us carefully note his every word." [JER 18:18]

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; As king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. [JER 23:5]

Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre: Thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are haughty of heart, you say, "A god am I! I occupy a godly throne in the heart of the sea!" - And yet you are a man, and not a god, however you may think yourself like a god. Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel, there is no secret that is beyond you. By your wisdom and your intelligence you have made riches for yourself; You have put gold and silver into your treasuries. By your great wisdom applied to your trading you have heaped up your riches; your heart has grown haughty from your riches - therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have thought yourself to have the mind of a god, Therefore I will bring against you foreigners, the most barbarous of nations. They shall draw their swords against your beauteous wisdom, they shall run them through your splendid apparel. Will you then say, "I am a god!" when you face your murderers? No, you are a man, not a god, handed over to those who will slay you. [EZEK 28:1-7,9]

The king told Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain, to bring in some of the Israelites of royal blood and of the nobility, young men without any defect, handsome, intelligent and wise, quick to learn, and prudent in judgment, such as could take their place in the king's palace; they were to be taught the language and literature of the Chaldeans; after three years' training they were to enter the king's service. The king allotted them a daily portion of food and wine from the royal table. Among these were men of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. [DAN 1:3-6]

The Chaldeans answered the king: "There is not a man on earth who can do what you ask, O king; never has any king, however great and mighty, asked such a thing of any magician, enchanter, or Chaldean. What you demand, O king, is too difficult; there is no one who can tell it to the king except the gods who do not dwell among men." At this the king became violently angry and ordered all the wise men of Babylon to be put to death. When the decree was issued that the wise men should be slain, Daniel and his companions were also sought out. Then Daniel prudently took counsel with Arioch, the captain of the king's guard, who had set out to kill the wise men of Babylon: "O officer of the king," he asked, "what is the reason for this harsh order from the king?" When Arioch told him, Daniel went and asked for time from the king, that he might give him the interpretation. Daniel went home and informed his companions Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, that they might implore the mercy of the God of heaven in regard to this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision, and he blessed the God of heaven: "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. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, because you have given me wisdom and power. Now you have shown me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the king's dream." So Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, "Do not put the wise men of Babylon to death. Bring me before the king, and I will tell him the interpretation of the dream." Arioch quickly brought Daniel to the king and said, "I have found a man among the Judean captives who can give the interpretation to the king." The king asked Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, "Can you tell me the dream that I had, and its meaning?" In the king's presence Daniel made this reply: "The mystery about which the king has inquired, the wise men, enchanters, magicians, and astrologers could not explain to the king. But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what is to happen in days to come; this was the dream you saw as you lay in bed. To you in your bed there came thoughts about what should happen in the future, and he who reveals mysteries showed you what is to be. To me also this mystery has been revealed; not that I am wiser than any other living person, but in order that its meaning may be made known to the king, that you may understand the thoughts in your own mind." [DAN 2:10-30]

"This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me its meaning. Although none of the wise men in my kingdom can tell me the meaning, you can, because the spirit of the holy God is in you." [DAN 4:15]

The king shouted for the enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers to be brought in. "Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means," he said to the wise men of Babylon, "shall be clothed in purple, wear a golden collar about his neck, and be third in the government of the kingdom." But though all the king's wise men came in, none of them could either read the writing or tell the king what it meant. [DAN 5:7-8]

The nation's wise men shall instruct the many; though for a time they will become victims of the sword, of flames, exile, and plunder. When they fall, few people shall help them, but many shall join them out of treachery. Of the wise men, some shall fall, so that the rest may be tested, refined, and purified, until the end time which is still appointed to come. [DAN 11:33-35]

"At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, And those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever." [DAN 12:1-3]

"Go, Daniel," he said, "because the words are to be kept secret and sealed until the end time. Many shall be refined, purified, and tested, but the wicked shall prove wicked; none of them shall have understanding, but the wise shall have it." [DAN 12:9-10]

I give you a king in my anger, and I take him away in my wrath. The guilt of Israel is wrapped up, his sin is stored away. The birth pangs shall come for him, but he shall be an unwise child; For when it is time he shall not present himself where children break forth. [HOSEA 13:11-13]

Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the LORD, in them the just walk, but sinners stumble in them. [HOSEA 14:10]

Shall I not, says the LORD, on that day make the wise men disappear from Edom, and understanding from the mount of Esau? [OBAD 1:8]

[Jesus said,] "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined." [Taken from MT 7:24-27]

At that time Jesus said in reply, "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him." [MT 11:25-27]

You serpents, you brood of vipers, how can you flee from the judgment of Gehenna? Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that there may come upon you all the righteous blood shed upon earth, from the righteous blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Amen, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. [MT 23:33-36]

"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.' While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." [MT 25:1-13]

The seventy (-two) returned rejoicing, and said, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven." At that very moment he rejoiced (in) the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him." [LK 10:17-22]

For I long to see you, that I may share with you some spiritual gift so that you may be strengthened, that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by one another's faith, yours and mine. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I often planned to come to you, though I was prevented until now, that I might harvest some fruit among you, too, as among the rest of the Gentiles. To Greeks and non-Greeks alike, to the wise and the ignorant, I am under obligation; that is why I am eager to preach the gospel also to you in Rome. [ROM 1:11-15]

The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes. Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. [ROM 1:18-25]

I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not become wise (in) your own estimation: a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes in, and thus all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come out of Zion, he will turn away godlessness from Jacob; and this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins." In respect to the gospel, they are enemies on your account; but in respect to election, they are beloved because of the patriarchs. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. [ROM 11:25-28]

Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation. [ROM 12:16]

I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles, in opposition to the teaching that you learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the innocent. For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise as to what is good, and simple as to what is evil; then the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. [ROM 16:17-20]

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside." Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith. For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. [1COR 1:18-25]

Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord." [1COR 1:26-31]

What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire (itself) will test the quality of each one's work. If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage. But if someone's work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God, for it is written: "He catches the wise in their own ruses," and again: "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you, Paul or Apollos or Kephas, or the world or life or death, or the present or the future: all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God. [1COR 3:5-23]

I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, so that you may learn from us not to go beyond what is written, so that none of you will be inflated with pride in favor of one person over against another. Who confers distinction upon you? What do you possess that you have not received? But if you have received it, why are you boasting as if you did not receive it? You are already satisfied; you have already grown rich; you have become kings without us! Indeed, I wish that you had become kings, so that we also might become kings with you. For as I see it, God has exhibited us apostles as the last of all, like people sentenced to death, since we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and human beings alike. We are fools on Christ's account, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are held in honor, but we in disrepute. [1COR 4:6-10]

How can any one of you with a case against another dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment instead of to the holy ones? Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? If the world is to be judged by you, are you unqualified for the lowest law courts? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Then why not everyday matters? If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters, do you seat as judges people of no standing in the church? I say this to shame you. Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough to be able to settle a case between brothers? But rather brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers? Now indeed (then) it is, in any case, a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another. Why not rather put up with injustice? Why not rather let yourselves be cheated? Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers. Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. [1COR 6:1-11]

For you gladly put up with fools, since you are wise yourselves. For you put up with it if someone enslaves you, or devours you, or gets the better of you, or puts on airs, or slaps you in the face. To my shame I say that we were too weak! But what anyone dares to boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. [2COR 11:19-22]

Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. [EPH 5:15-17]

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one. [COL 4:5-6]

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. Wisdom of this kind does not come down from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace. [JMS 3:13-18]

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