The wise will be put to shame; they will be
dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected
the word of the Lord,
what kind of wisdom do they have?
This is what the Lord
says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength or the
rich boast of their riches,
But God made the earth by his power; he founded
the world by his wisdom and stretched out
the heavens by his understanding.
[ A Message About Edom ] Concerning Edom:
This is what the Lord
Almighty says: “Is there no longer wisdom
in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent?
Has their wisdom decayed?
“He made the earth by his power; he founded the
world by his wisdom and stretched out the
heavens by his understanding.
By your wisdom and understanding you have
gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and
silver in your treasuries.
I am going to bring foreigners against you, the
most ruthless of nations; they will draw their
swords against your beauty and wisdom and
pierce your shining splendor.
“Son of man, take up a lament concerning the
king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the
says: “‘You were the seal of perfection, full of
wisdom and perfect in beauty.
Your heart became proud on account of your
beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor. So I threw you to the
earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.
In every matter of wisdom and
understanding about which the king questioned
them, he found them ten times better than all
the magicians and enchanters in his whole
When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard,
had gone out to put to death the wise men of
Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom
and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever
and ever; wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings
and raises up others. He gives wisdom to
the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You
have given me wisdom and power, you have
made known to me what we asked of you, you have
made known to us the dream of the king.”
As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me,
not because I have greater wisdom than
anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may
know the interpretation and that you may
understand what went through your mind.
There is a man in your kingdom who has the
spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of
your father he was found to have insight and
intelligence and wisdom like that of the
gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar,
appointed him chief of the magicians,
enchanters, astrologers and diviners.
I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in
you and that you have insight, intelligence and
Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him,
but he is a child without wisdom; when
the time arrives, he doesn’t have the sense to
come out of the womb.
[ Israel’s Guilt and Punishment ] Listen!
The Lord is
calling to the city— and to fear your name is
wisdom— “Heed the rod and the One who
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and
they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a
friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But
wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment
with this generation and condemn it; for she
came from the ends of the earth to listen to
Solomon’s wisdom, and now something
greater than Solomon is here.
Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the
people in their synagogue, and they were amazed.
“Where did this man get this wisdom and
these miraculous powers?” they asked.
When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the
synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they
asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been
given him? What are these remarkable miracles he
And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit
and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the
parents to their children and the disobedient to
the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready
a people prepared for the Lord.”
And the child grew and became strong; he was
filled with wisdom, and the grace of God
was on him.