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That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works. 2 Tim. iii. 17.
For the Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did. Heb. vii. 19.
But ye are come to mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels; to the general Assembly and Church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. xii. 22 to 24.
A few Scripture Texts, to prove that Man's
natural Wisdom and Reason is inferior to the Wisdom of God, and insufficient for his Salvation.
I SAID days shall speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. But there is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth him understanding. Job xxxii. 7, 8.
God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he which we cannot compre-hend. xxxvii. 5.
With God is terrible majesty : touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power and in judgement, and in plenty of justice;-he will not afflict;-men do therefore: fear him ;-he respecteth not any that are wise of heart. xxxvii. 22 to 24.
Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts, or who hath given understanding to the heart ? xxxviii. 36.
Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that ihou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee, Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge ? Therefore have I uttered that I understood not ; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear,
eye seeth thee; wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job xlii. I'to 3; 5, 6.
The meek will he guide in judgement ; and the meek will he teach his
Psalm xxv. 9. O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. xcii.
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He that teacheth man knowledge shall not he know? The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. xciv. 10, 11.
Through thy precepts I get understanding ; therefore I hate every false way. cxix. 104.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy: paths. Prov. iii. 5, 6.
The froward is an abomination to the Lord; but his secret is with the righteous. iii. 32.
As his ways are plain unto the holy, so are they stumbling-blocks unto the wicked. Eccles. xxxix. 24.
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah v. 21.
I will proceed to do a marvellous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudenti
men shall be hid. Surely, your turning things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay; for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? Isaiah xxix. 14; 16.
And an highway shall be there, and a way; and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it;-the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err herein. xxxv. 8.
I am the Lord, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. xlii. 8.
Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. 1. 10.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts ; neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. lv. 8.
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things; prudent, and he shall know them : for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein. Hosea xiy. 9.
But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel. Micah iv. 12.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John viii. 12.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past finding out! for who hath known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been his counsellor? Rom. xi. 33.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent, because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren; how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty; and hase things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen; yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence,
1 Cor. i. 19; 25, 26; 27 to 29.