1 Wise. 1a skilled, expert: of artificers. 1b Wise, skilled in letters, cultivated, learned. 1b1 of the Greek philosophers and orators. 1b2 of Jewish theologians. 1b3 of Christian teachers. 1c forming the best plans and using the best means for their execution. Additional Information: For synonyms see entries 4908, sunetos; and 5429, phronimos. See entry 5872 for comparison of synonyms.
1 to be Wise. 1a (Qal) to be or become Wise, act wisely. 1b (Piel) to make Wise, teach wisdom, instruct. 1c (Pual) to be made Wise. 1d (Hiphil) to make Wise. 1e (Hithpael) to show oneself Wise, deceive, show one’s wisdom.
1 to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper. 1a (Qal) to be prudent, be circumspect. 1b (Hiphil). 1b1 to look at or upon, have insight. 1b2 to give attention to, consider, ponder, be prudent. 1b3 to have insight, have comprehension. 1b3a insight, comprehension (subst). 1b4 to cause to consider, give insight, teach. 1b4a the teachers, the Wise. 1b5 to act circumspectly, act prudently, act wisely. 1b6 to prosper, have success. 1b7 to cause to prosper. 2 (Piel) to lay crosswise, cross (hands).
1 to discern, understand, consider. 1a (Qal). 1a1 to perceive, discern. 1a2 to understand, know (with the mind). 1a3 to observe, mark, give heed to,distinguish, consider. 1a4 to have discernment, insight, understanding. 1b (Niphal) to be discerning, intelligent, discreet, have understanding. 1c (Hiphil). 1c1 to understand. 1c2 to cause to understand, give understanding, teach. 1d (Hithpolel) to show oneself discerning or attentive, consider diligentl y. 1e (Polel) to teach, instruct. 2 (TWOT) prudent, regard.
1 to ravish, become intelligent, get a mind. 1a (Niphal) to take heart, become enheartened, become intelligent. 1b (Piel) to ravish the heart, encourage, make heart beat faster. 2 (Piel) to make cakes, bake cakes, cook bread.
Mentioned in Daniel 2:12 included three classes, (1) astrologers, (2) Chaldeans, and (3) soothsayers. The word in the original (hakamim) probably means "medicine men. In Chaldea medicine was only a branch of magic. The "wise men" of Matthew 2:7 , who came from the East to Jerusalem, were magi from Persia or Arabia.
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Wise Men
WISE MEN.—See Magi.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Wisdom And Wise Men
An educated class of people responsible for preserving and transmitting the culture and learning of the society. Though wisdom and the wise men who perpetuated it have been around almost as long as have people, the study of wisdom in the Ancient Near East is a relatively new endeavor. This has been due, in part, to a lack of a clear definition of the term wisdom, as well as the difficult nature of the poetic language within which most of the wisdom material has been found. Sad to say, neither of these issues is completely solved today though much has been learned in recent years.
Real Wisdom Is the Fear of God Three basic definitions of wisdom summarize the status of the field of study very well. Note that the first two of these definitions are quite secular in nature while the third is religious.
First, wisdom is considered by many to be simply the art of learning how to succeed in life. Apparently, ancient persons learned very early that there was an orderliness to the world in which they lived. They also learned that success and happiness came from living in accordance with that orderliness (Proverbs 22:17-24:22 ). Second, wisdom is considered by some to be a philosophical study of the essence of life. Certainly, much of the Books of Job and Ecclesiastes seem to deal with just such existential issues of life (see particularly Job 30:29-31 ). Third, though the other definitions might include this, it seems that the real essence of wisdom is spiritual, for life is more than just living by a set of rules and being rewarded in some physical manner. Undoubtedly, in this sense wisdom comes from God (Proverbs 2:6 ). Thus, though it will involve observation and instruction, it really begins with God and one's faith in Him as Lord and Savior (Proverbs 1:7 ; Job 28:28 ).
The Wise Men Preserved This Wisdom Though at first such wisdom was probably the responsibility of the patriarch or head of the clan, it appears that every ancient culture developed a distinct class of people, the hakam or sages, who were responsible for the creating and preserving of their wisdom. No doubt these people were part of the more educated group of their societies who could read and write and had the economic freedom to do so.
Certainly Israel was no exception. The first clear reference to wise men in the biblical text is the one about Ahithophel and Hushai during the reign of David (2 Samuel 16:15-17:23 ). However, during Solomon's day, the wisdom movement took on a whole new significance, for Solomon and his court became world renowned for their wisdom (1 Kings 4:29-34 ; 1 Kings 10:1 ). Certainly his reign became known as the “golden age” of Israelite culture (Luke 12:27 ).
Though the movement became less visible during the early part of the divided monarchy, it was still quite active, for Hezekiah's wise men were very concerned about preserving the wisdom tradition for future generations (Proverbs 25:1 ). Later still, Jeremiah's enemies even confronted him regarding his prophecy that the Law would perish from the priests, the prophets, and the sages (Jeremiah 18:18 ). Thus, clearly by the fall of Judah, the sage had taken his place as one of the key leaders in Israelite society.
No doubt, as the role of the prophet became less visible during the intertestamental period, the role of the sage and the priest became more prominent (see particularly Sirach 38:24-39:11 ). Apparently, this development continued right on into the New Testament era where the magi (or sage) announced the birth of Christ (Matthew 2:1-12 ) who became the greatest of all wisdom teachers (Matthew 12:42 ; Matthew 13:54 ; Mark 6:2 ).
Most Wisdom Is in Poetic Form Most of the Ancient Near Eastern wisdom material has been found in some type of poetic structure. Until recent years these structures have been a mystery because they did not seem to rhyme either in meter or sound as modern languages do. However, in A.D. 1753Bishop Robert Lowth unlocked the key to such poetic writing when he discovered that Hebrew poetry rhymed in thought. Moreover, he surmised that such thoughts were most commonly expressed in parallel patterns. Some of these patterns expressed the same thoughts (Proverbs 20:1 ), while others expressed opposing thoughts (Proverbs 10:1 ), or developed a given thought (Proverbs 31:10-31 ). In time, these parallel patterns were structured into specific forms such as the proverb, riddle, allegory, hymn, disputation, autobiographical narrative, didactic narrative, and lists. No doubt, such beautiful and intricate poetic structure was clearly a mark of the sage and the wisdom schools of his day and age. See Poetry .
Wisdom Became the Guide for Daily Living Though in recent years many parts of the sacred Scripture have been considered under wisdom's umbrella, no doubt the greatest contribution of Israel's sages has been the three books found in the “writings” (Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes). However, certain of the other “writings” such as the Psalms, the Song of Solomon, and Lamentations contain figures of speech and stylized forms reflective of the wisdom tradition. In addition to these, the intertestamental works of Ecclesiasticus and the Wisdom of Solomon continued the tradition and laid an excellent foundation for the ultimate revelation of wisdom in Christ Jesus (Matthew 11:19 ; Luke 11:49-51 ; Colossians 1:15-20 ; 1Corinthians 1:24,1Corinthians 1:30 ; Revelation 5:12 ). See Intertestamental History; Apocrypha ; Pseudepigrapha .
Certainly, biblical wisdom like that of other cultures emphasizes the success and well-being of the individual. This is visible not only in the topics it chooses to deal with, but also in the way it deals with them. Some of its major topics are: knowledge, the world, justice, virtue, family, and faith. The greatest of these may be faith which is constantly watching over wisdom and really all of life (Proverbs 1:7 ). See Ecclesiastes; Job; Proverbs.
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Gildas the Wise, Saint
Confessor, born possibly Dumbarton, Scotland, c.516;died Houat, Brittany, c570 He studied in Wales and Ireland, where he was ordained. He retired to the isle of Houat, and subsequently founded a monastery at Rhuys on the mainland. He is the earliest British historian; "De excidio Britannire liber querulus" is his chief work. Patron of several churches and monasteries in Brittany and elsewhere; invoked against rabies. Relics in cathedral of Vannes. Feast, January 29,.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Chaldeans (Wise Men)
These are mentioned repeatedly in Daniel along with magicians, astrologers, and soothsayers. These Chaldeans were a particular class of learned men, forming with others the Magi, or wise men of Babylon. In Daniel 5:11 it is said that Daniel had been made 'master' of them, doubtless because it had been discovered that he had more wisdom than all of them. When the Chaldeans, etc., were called in before the king to interpret the writing on the wall, Daniel was not among them, and we may be sure he kept himself aloof from such. See MAGI.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Star of the Wise Men
Matthew 2. (See MAGI.) Smith's Bible Dictionary ably disproves the theory of its being a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn which took place thrice in 7 B.C. (i.e. three years before Jesus' birth, for the B.C. dates from the fourth year after His birth), May, September, and December, answering to the seven months which would intervene between the beginning and the end of the wisemen's journey. Tacitus, Suetonius, and Josephus in their statements as to the universal expectation then prevalent of some great One about to appear in the East refer to Vespasian long after Christ. The star was probably a meteoric body employed by the God of nature to be His instrument in the world of revelation, to guide the wise men to the divine Messiah. Curiously a star appeared in September, 1604, between Mars and Saturn, after a conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Pisces, but at a shorter interval than the star of the Magi after the conjunction in 7 B.C.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Wise Men
Webster's Dictionary - Wise-Like
(a.) Resembling that which is wise or sensible; judicious.
Webster's Dictionary - Way-Wise
(a.) Skillful in finding the way; well acquainted with the way or route; wise from having traveled.
(v.) Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning and judging soundly concerning what is true or false, proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best means for accomplishing them; sagacious.
(v.) Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned.
(v.) Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination.
(v.) Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.
(v.) Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty.
(v.) Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious; discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise conduct or management; a wise determination.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of OT Words - Wise, Skilled
Châkâm (חָכָם, Strong's #2450), “wise; skillful; practical.” This word plus the noun chakemah and the verb “to be wise” signify an important element of the Old Testament religious point of view. Religious experience was not a routine, a ritual, or faith experience. It was viewed as a mastery of the art of living in accordance with God’s expectations. In their definition, the words “mastery” and “art” signify that wisdom was a process of attainment and not an accomplishment. The secular usage bears out the importance of these observations.
Châkâm appears 132 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. It occurs most frequently in Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, for which reason these books are known as “wisdom literature”. The first occurrence of châkâm is in Gen. 41:8: “And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.”
The châkâm in secular usage signified a man who was a “skillful” craftsman. The manufacturers of the objects belonging to the tabernacle were known to be wise, or experienced in their crafts (Exod. 36:4). Even the man who was skillful in making idols was recognized as a craftsman (Isa. 40:20; cf. Jer. 10:9). The reason for this is to be found in the man’s skill, craftsmanship, and not in the object which was being manufactured. Those who were experienced in life were known as “wise,” but their wisdom is not to be confused with the religious usage. Cleverness and shrewdness characterized this type of wisdom. Amnon consulted Jonadab, who was known as a shrewd man (2 Sam. 13:3), and followed his plan of seducing his sister Tamar. Joab hired a “wise” woman to make David change his mind about Absalom (2 Sam. 14:2).
Based on the characterization of wisdom as a skill, a class of counselors known as “wise men” arose. They were to be found in Egypt (Gen. 41:8), in Babylon (Jer. 50:35), in Tyre (Ezek. 27:9), in Edom (Obad. 8), and in Israel. In pagan cultures the “wise” man practiced magic and divination: “Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments” (Exod. 7:11); and “… that frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish” (Isa. 44:25).
The religious sense of châkâm excludes delusion, craftiness, shrewdness, and magic. God is the source of wisdom, as He is “wise”: “Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity” (Isa. 31:2). The man or woman who, fearing God, lives in accordance with what God expects and what is expected of him in a Godfearing society is viewed as an integrated person. He is “wise” in that his manner of life projects the fear of God and the blessing of God rests upon him. Even as the craftsman is said to be skillful in his trade, the Old Testament châkâm was learning and applying wisdom to every situation in life, and the degree in which he succeeded was a barometer of his progress on the road of wisdom.
The opposite of the châkâm is the “fool” or wicked person, who stubbornly refuses counsel and depends on his own understanding: “For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them” (Prov. 1:32; cf. Deut. 32:5-6; Prov. 3:35).
Chokmâh (חָכְמָה, Strong's #2451), “wisdom; experience; shrewdness.” This word appears 141 times in the Old Testament. Like châkâm, most occurrences of this word are in Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. The châkâm seeks after chokmâh “wisdom.” Like châkâm, the word chokmâh can refer to technical skills or special abilities in fashioning something. The first occurrence of chokmâh is in Exod. 28:3: “And thou shalt speak unto all that are wisehearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” This first occurrence of the word in the Hebrew Bible bears this out as well as the description of the workers on the tabernacle. The artisan was considered to be endowed with special abilities given to him by God: “And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship” (Exod. 35:31).
Chokmâh is the knowledge and the ability to make the right choices at the opportune time. The consistency of making the right choice is an indication of maturity and development. The prerequisite for “wisdom” is the fear of the Lord: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7). “Wisdom” is viewed as crying out for disciples who will do everything to pursue her (Prov. 1:20). The person who seeks chokmâh diligently will receive understanding: “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding” (Prov. 2:6); he will benefit in his life by walking with God: “That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous” (Prov. 2:20). The advantages of “wisdom” are many: “For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man” (Prov. 3:2-4). The prerequisite is a desire to follow and imitate God as He has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, without self-reliance and especially not in a spirit of pride: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: to understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:5-7). The fruits of chokmâh are many, and the Book of Proverbs describes the characters of the châkâm and chokmâh. In New Testament terms the fruits of “wisdom” are the same as the fruits of the Holy Spirit; cf. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23); “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace” (James 3:17-18).
The importance of “wisdom” explains why books were written about it. Songs were composed in celebration of“wisdom” (Job 28). Even “wisdom” is personified in Proverbs. Chokmâh as a person stands for that divine perfection of “wisdom” which is manifest in God’s creative acts. As a divine perfection it is visible in God’s creative acts: “Doth not wisdom cry: and understanding put forth her voice? … I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.… The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.… Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.… Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways” (Prov. 8:1, 12, 22, 30, 32).
The Septuagint translations are: sophos (“clever; skillful; experienced; wise; learned”); phronimos (“sensible; thoughtful; prudent; wise”); and sunetos (“intelligent; sagacious; wise”). The KJV gives these translations: “wise; wise man; cunning.”
Châkam (חָכַם, Strong's #2449), “to be wise, act wisely, make wise, show oneself wise.” This root, which occurs 20 times in the Old Testament, appears in other Semitic languages, such as in the Akkadian word chakamu. The word means “to be wise” in Prov. 23:15: “My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.” In Ps. 119:98 chakam means “to make wise”: “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.”
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - no Wise, AnyWise
1: οὐ μή (Strong's #3364 — particle — ou me — oo may ) a double negative, strongly expressing a negation, is translated "in no wise" in Matthew 5:18,20 , RV (AV, "in no case"); Matthew 10:42 ; Luke 18:17 ; John 6:37 ; Acts 13:41 ; Revelation 21:27 ; in Matthew 13:14 (twice, RV; AV, "not"); so in Mark 9:1 ; Luke 9:27 ; John 4:48 ; Acts 28:26 (twice); 1 Thessalonians 4:15 ; in Luke 10:19 , RV "(nothing) ... in any wise" (AV, "by any means").
Note: In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 , RV, "(no man) ... in any wise" (AV, "by any means"), the double negative is me ... medena.
2: οὐδαμῶς (Strong's #3760 — Adverb — oudamos — oo-dam-oce' ) akin to the adjective oudamos, "not even one" (not in the NT), denotes "by no means, in no wise," Matthew 2:6 .
3: οὐχ (Strong's #3756 3843 — particle — ou pantos — oo ) lit., "not altogether," i.e., "wholly not" (from pas, "all"), is rendered "in no wise" in Romans 3:9 .
Note: In Luke 13:11 the phrase eis to panteles, lit., "unto the complete end" (pas, "all," telos, "an end"), i.e., "completely, utterly," preceded by the negative me, is translated "in no wise" ("who was utterly unable to lift herself up"). Cp. Hebrews 7:25 , where the same phrase is used without a negative, signifying "to the uttermost."
* For ON THIS WISE see THUS (b)
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Magi or Wise Men
An appellation given among the Medes and Persians to a class of priests, wise men, philosophers, etc., who devoted themselves to the study of the moral and physical sciences, and particularly cultivated astrology and medicine. They alone performed the religious rites, and pretended to communicate to men secret things, future events, and the will of the gods. See Isaiah 47:13,14Daniel 2:9,27 , show that as a class they were destitute of true wisdom.
Not so those who came "from the East" to salute and adore the infant Jesus, Matthew 2:1-12 . The captivity of the Jews beyond the Euphrates had dispersed throughout the East much knowledge of the true God; and these philosophers and astronomers, in their search after wisdom, had found and believed the prophecies respecting the Messiah, and were divinely guided to his presence at Bethlehem. See Psalm 72:10,11Isaiah 60:1-3 .
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Wise, Gildas the, Saint
Confessor, born possibly Dumbarton, Scotland, c.516;died Houat, Brittany, c570 He studied in Wales and Ireland, where he was ordained. He retired to the isle of Houat, and subsequently founded a monastery at Rhuys on the mainland. He is the earliest British historian; "De excidio Britannire liber querulus" is his chief work. Patron of several churches and monasteries in Brittany and elsewhere; invoked against rabies. Relics in cathedral of Vannes. Feast, January 29,.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Wise Men From the East
See MAGI, and STAR .
King James Dictionary - Wise
WISE, a. s as z. G., to know., L.
1. Properly, having knowledge hence, having the power of discerning and judging correctly, or of discriminating between what is true and what is false between what is fit and proper, and what is improper as a wise prince a wise magistrate. Solomon was deemed the wisest man. But a man may be speculatively and not practically wise. Hence, 2. Discrete and judicious in the use or applications of knowledge choosing laudable ends, and the best means to accomplish them. This is to be practically wise. Genesis 41 . 3. Skillful dextrous. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. Jeremiah 4 .
4. Learned knowing as the wise and the unwise. Romans 1 . 5. Skilled in arts, science, philosophy, or in magic and divination. 2 Samuel 14 . 6. Godly pious. Proverbs 13 . --The holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise to salvation. 2 Timothy 3 .
7. Skilled in hidden arts a sense somewhat ironical as the wise woman of Brainford. 8.Dictated or guided by wisdom containing wisdom judicious well adapted to produce good effects applicable to things as a wise saying a wise scheme or plan wise conduct or management a wise determination. 9. Becoming a wise man grave discrete as wise deportment. WISE, n. s as z. G. Manner way of being or acting.
This song she sings in most commanding wise.
In fittest wise.
In the foregoing form, this word is obsolete, the use of it is now very limited. It is common in the following phrases.
1. In any wise. If he that sanctified the field will in any wise redeem it-- Leviticus 27 .
Fret not thyself in any wise. Psalms 37 .
2. On this wise. On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel. Numbers 6 .
3. In no wise. He shall in no wise lose his reward. Matthew 10 . It is used in composition, as in likewise, otherwise, lengthwise, &c. By mistake, ways is often used for it as lengthways, for lengthwise.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Wise
1: οὐ μή (Strong's #3364 — particle — ou me — oo may ) a double negative, expressing an emphatic negation, "by no means," is rendered "in no wise" in Matthew 10:42 ; Luke 18:17 ; John 6:37 ; Acts 13:41 ; Revelation 21:27 .
2: πάντως (Strong's #3843 — Adverb — pantos — pan'-toce ) "altogether, by all means," is used with the negative ou ("not") in Romans 3:9 , stating a complete denial, rendered "No, in no wise." See ALL , B, 3, ALTOGETHER , B, 1.
3: παντελής (Strong's #3838 — Adjective — panteles — pan-tel-ace' ) the neuter of panteles, is used with the negative me, and with eis to, "unto the," in Luke 13:11 , and translated "in no wise," lit., "not to the uttermost:" see UTTERMOST , No. 1.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Wise, Wiser, Wisely
A — 1: σοφός (Strong's #4680 — Adjective — sophos — sof-os' ) is used of (a) God, Romans 16:27 ; in 1 Timothy 1;17 ; Jude 1:25 sophos is absent, in the best mss. (see the RV), the comparative degree, sophoteros, occurs in 1 Corinthians 1:25 , where "foolishness" is simply in the human estimate; (b) spiritual teachers in Israel, Matthew 23:34 ; (c) believers endowed with spiritual and practical wisdom, Romans 16:19 ; 1 Corinthians 3:10 ; 6:5 ; Ephesians 5:15 ; James 3:13 ; (d) Jewish teachers in the time of Christ, Matthew 11:25 ; Luke 10:21 ; (e) the naturally learned, Romans 1:14,22 ; 1 Corinthians 1:19,20,26,27 : 3:18-20 .
A — 2: φρόνιμος (Strong's #5429 — Adjective — phronimos — fron'-ee-mos ) "prudent, sensible, practically wise," Matthew 7:24 ; 10:16 ; 24:45 ; 25:2,4,8,9 ; Luke 12:42 ; 16:8 (comparative degree, phronimoteros); 1 Corinthians 10:15 ; in an evil sense, "wise (in your own conceits)," lit., "wise (in yourselves)," i.e., "judged by the standard of your self-complacency," Romans 11:25 ; 12:16 ; ironically, 1 Corinthians 4:10 ; 2 Corinthians 11:19 .
B — 1: μάγος (Strong's #3097 — Noun Masculine — magos — mag'-os ) denotes "a Magian," one of a sacred caste, originally Median, who apparently conformed to the Persian religion while retaining their old beliefs; it is used in the plural, Matthew 2:1,7,16 (twice), "wise men." See also SORCERER.
C — 1: σοφίζω (Strong's #4679 — Verb — sophizo — sof-id'-zo ) is rendered "to make wise" in 2 Timothy 3:15 see DEVISED.
C — 2: συνίημι (Strong's #4920 — Verb — suniemi | sunio — soon-ee'-ay-mee ) "to perceive, understand," is used negatively in 2 Corinthians 10:12 , AV, "are not wise" (RV, "are without understanding"). See UNDERSTAND.
D — 1: φρονίμως (Strong's #5430 — Adverb — phronimos — fron-im'-oce ) "wisely" (akin to A, No. 2), occurs in Luke 16:8 .
Wise - Wise, a. Properly, having knowledge hence, having the power of discerning and judging correctly, or of discriminating between what is true and what is false between what is fit and proper, and what is improper as a Wise prince a Wise magistrate. Solomon was deemed the Wisest man. But a man may be speculatively and not practically Wise. This is to be practically Wise. They are Wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. Learned knowing as the Wise and the unwise. --The holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee Wise to salvation. Skilled in hidden arts a sense somewhat ironical as the Wise woman of Brainford. Dictated or guided by wisdom containing wisdom judicious well adapted to produce good effects applicable to things as a Wise saying a Wise scheme or plan Wise conduct or management a Wise determination. Becoming a Wise man grave discrete as Wise deportment. Wise, n. ...
This song she sings in most commanding Wise. ...
In fittest Wise. In any Wise. If he that sanctified the field will in any Wise redeem it-- Leviticus 27 . ...
Fret not thyself in any Wise. On this Wise. On this Wise ye shall bless the children of Israel. In no Wise. He shall in no Wise lose his reward. It is used in composition, as in likewise, otherwise, lengthwise, &c. By mistake, ways is often used for it as lengthways, for lengthwise
Wise Men - Wise MEN . See Magi; and, for ‘the Wise,’ Wisdom
Afterwise - ) Wise after the event; Wise or knowing, when it is too late
Devised - 1: σοφίζω (Strong's #4679 — Verb — sophizo — sof-id'-zo ) from sophos, "wise" (connected etymologically with sophes, "tasty"), in the Active Voice signifies "to make Wise," 2 Timothy 3:15 (so in the Sept. , "making babes Wise;" in Psalm 119:98 , "Thous hast made me Wiser than mine enemies"). In the Middle Voice it means (a) "to become Wise;" it is not used thus in the NT, but is so found in the Sept. " See Wise
Wiseacre - ) One who makes undue pretensions to wisdom; a would-be-wise person; hence, in contempt, a simpleton; a dunce. ) A learned or Wise man
no Wise, Anywise - 1: οὐ μή (Strong's #3364 — particle — ou me — oo may ) a double negative, strongly expressing a negation, is translated "in no Wise" in Matthew 5:18,20 , RV (AV, "in no case"); Matthew 10:42 ; Luke 18:17 ; John 6:37 ; Acts 13:41 ; Revelation 21:27 ; in Matthew 13:14 (twice, RV; AV, "not"); so in Mark 9:1 ; Luke 9:27 ; John 4:48 ; Acts 28:26 (twice); 1 Thessalonians 4:15 ; in Luke 10:19 , RV "(nothing) . in any Wise" (AV, "by any means"). in any Wise" (AV, "by any means"), the double negative is me . ...
2: οὐδαμῶς (Strong's #3760 — Adverb — oudamos — oo-dam-oce' ) akin to the adjective oudamos, "not even one" (not in the NT), denotes "by no means, in no Wise," Matthew 2:6 . , "wholly not" (from pas, "all"), is rendered "in no Wise" in Romans 3:9 . , "completely, utterly," preceded by the negative me, is translated "in no Wise" ("who was utterly unable to lift herself up"). " ...
* For ON THIS Wise see THUS (b) ...
Wise - ) Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious; discreet; as, a Wise saying; a Wise scheme or plan; Wise conduct or management; a Wise determination
Wisdom - ) The results of Wise judgments; scientific or practical truth; acquired knowledge; erudition. ) The quality of being Wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgment; discretion; sagacity; skill; dexterity
Illustration - See Imagery ; Parables ; Proverb; Wise Saying
Thus - ) To this degree or extent; so far; so; as, thus Wise; thus peaceble; thus bold. ) In this or that manner; on this Wise
Sapient - ) Wise; sage; discerning; - often in irony or contempt
Conceits - , "in yourselves," is used with phronimos, "wise," in Romans 11:25 , "(wise) in your own conceits (i
Mishlei - The book of Tanach containing Solomon's Wise sayings and parables
Wisely - ) In a Wise manner; prudently; judiciously; discreetly; with wisdom
Prudent - ) Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; practically Wise; judicious; careful; discreet; sensible; - opposed to rash; as, a prudent man; dictated or directed by prudence or Wise forethought; evincing prudence; as, prudent behavior
Short-Wited - ) Having little wit; not Wise; having scanty intellect or judgment
Wiseling - ) One who pretends to be Wise; a Wiseacre; a witling
Proverbs - Proverbs, the Book of: The book of Tanach containing Solomon's Wise sayings and parables
Alphonsine - , the Wise, King of Castile (1252-1284)
Thus - In this or that manner on this Wise as, thus saith the Lord the Pharisee prayed thus. To this degree or extent as thus Wise thus peaceable
Emote - ) A meeting; - used in combination, as, Witenagemote, an assembly of the Wise men
Omniscient - ) Having universal knowledge; knowing all things; infinitely knowing or Wise; as, the omniscient God
Wise - 1: οὐ μή (Strong's #3364 — particle — ou me — oo may ) a double negative, expressing an emphatic negation, "by no means," is rendered "in no Wise" in Matthew 10:42 ; Luke 18:17 ; John 6:37 ; Acts 13:41 ; Revelation 21:27 . ...
2: πάντως (Strong's #3843 — Adverb — pantos — pan'-toce ) "altogether, by all means," is used with the negative ou ("not") in Romans 3:9 , stating a complete denial, rendered "No, in no Wise. ...
3: παντελής (Strong's #3838 — Adjective — panteles — pan-tel-ace' ) the neuter of panteles, is used with the negative me, and with eis to, "unto the," in Luke 13:11 , and translated "in no Wise," lit
Counselable - ) Suitable to be advised; advisable, Wise
Unwise - ) Not Wise; defective in wisdom; injudicious; indiscreet; foolish; as, an unwise man; unwise kings; unwise measures
Way-Wise - ) Skillful in finding the way; well acquainted with the way or route; Wise from having traveled
Wise, Wiser, Wisely - ...
A — 2: φρόνιμος (Strong's #5429 — Adjective — phronimos — fron'-ee-mos ) "prudent, sensible, practically Wise," Matthew 7:24 ; 10:16 ; 24:45 ; 25:2,4,8,9 ; Luke 12:42 ; 16:8 (comparative degree, phronimoteros); 1 Corinthians 10:15 ; in an evil sense, "wise (in your own conceits)," lit. , "wise (in yourselves)," i. ...
B — 1: μάγος (Strong's #3097 — Noun Masculine — magos — mag'-os ) denotes "a Magian," one of a sacred caste, originally Median, who apparently conformed to the Persian religion while retaining their old beliefs; it is used in the plural, Matthew 2:1,7,16 (twice), "wise men. ...
C — 1: σοφίζω (Strong's #4679 — Verb — sophizo — sof-id'-zo ) is rendered "to make Wise" in 2 Timothy 3:15 see DEVISED. ...
C — 2: συνίημι (Strong's #4920 — Verb — suniemi | sunio — soon-ee'-ay-mee ) "to perceive, understand," is used negatively in 2 Corinthians 10:12 , AV, "are not Wise" (RV, "are without understanding"). ...
D — 1: φρονίμως (Strong's #5430 — Adverb — phronimos — fron-im'-oce ) "wisely" (akin to A, No
Chalcol - A Wise man whose wisdom was excelled by Solomon
Darda - Son of Mahol: a Wise man whose wisdom was surpassed by that of Solomon
Esh'Ban - (wise man ), a Horite; one of the four sons of Dishon
Wise, Skilled - ...
Châkâm (חָכָם, Strong's #2450), “wise; skillful; practical. ” This word plus the noun chakemah and the verb “to be Wise” signify an important element of the Old Testament religious point of view. 41:8: “And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the Wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. The manufacturers of the objects belonging to the tabernacle were known to be Wise, or experienced in their crafts (
Adjective - Thus, in phrase, "a Wise ruler," Wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler
Calcol - Wise man who served as comparison for Solomon's unsurpassed wisdom (1 Kings 4:30 )
Liken - ...
Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a Wise man, that built his house on a rock
Five - ...
Five of them were Wise, and five were foolish
Experienced - ) Taught by practice or by repeated observations; skillful or Wise by means of trials, use, or observation; as, an experienced physician, workman, soldier; an experienced eye
Craftiness - ...
He taketh the Wise in their own craftiness
Unwise - Not Wise not choosing the best means for the end defective in wisdom as an unwise man unwise kings. Not dictated by wisdom not adapted to the end as unwise measures
Epiphany - A Christian festival, otherwise called the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, observed on the 6th of January, in honour of the appearance of our Saviour to the three magi, or Wise men, who came to adore and bring him presents
All - : All-father, the father of all, the universal father; all-good, wholly or infinitely good; all-holy, altogether or infinitely holy; all-might, omnipotence; alfuess, universality; all-wise, knowing all things, omniscient
Sagacious - ) Hence, of quick intellectual perceptions; of keen penetration and judgment; discerning and judicious; knowing; far-sighted; shrewd; sage; Wise; as, a sagacious man; a sagacious remark
Hawk - In its migrations, it illustrates the Wise providence of the Creator, Job 39:26
School of Armagh - Oldest and most celebrated of the ancient schools of Ireland, c457 It numbered Saint Patrick, Benignus, and Gildas the Wise among its teachers
Subtilly - 1: κατασοφίζομαι (Strong's #2686 — Verb — katasophizomai — kat-as-of-id'-zom-ahee ) "to deal subtly" (from kata, "against, under," sophos, "wise, subtle," used in the Sept
Rav zeira - He held Israel in high regard, saying, "The air of Israel makes one Wise
Discretion - ) The quality of being discreet; Wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control; prudence; circumspection; wariness
Frugal - ) Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; Wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc
Sorcerer - 1: μάγος (Strong's #3097 — Noun Masculine — magos — mag'-os ) (a) "one of a median caste, a magician:" see Wise; (b) "a wizard, sorcerer, a pretender to magic powers, a professor of the arts of witchcraft," Acts 13:6,8 , where Bar-Jesus was the Jewish name, Elymas, an Arabic word meaning "wise
Oracle - ) A Wise sentence or decision of great authority. ) Any person reputed uncommonly Wise; one whose decisions are regarded as of great authority; as, a literary oracle
Calamity - ...
The deliberations of calamity are rarely Wise
Wise Men - The "wise men" of Matthew 2:7 , who came from the East to Jerusalem, were magi from Persia or Arabia
Adoration of the Magi - The worship by the Wise men from the East of the Divinity of the Infant Jesus, a favorite subject of the masters
Jethro - When the Hebrews were at mount Sinai, he visited Moses, gave him some Wise counsel as to the government of the tribes, and then returned to his own people
Jot - ...
Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no Wise pass from the law till all shall be fulfilled. Matthew 5 ...
A man may read much, and acquire not a jot of knowledge, or be a jot the Wiser
Warning - Could warning make the world more just or Wise
Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin - After the Wise men of the kingdom could not decipher the writing, Daniel was brought in to give an interpretation. Thus God worked through Daniel to show His wisdom was greater than that of Persia's Wise counselors and magicians and that only the God of Israel controlled history and human destiny
Magi - Wise men, "rabmag," Jeremiah 39:3, which is used as a proper name, and properly signifies the prince Magus, or chief of the Magi. In Babylon the magi were known by the name of "wise men" and "Chaldeans
Oracle - Any person reputed uncommonly Wise, whose determinations are not disputed, or whose opinions are of great authority. A Wise sentence or decision of great authority
Flight Into Egypt - After the departure of the Wise men, the angel of the Lord told Joseph to fiy into Egypt with the Infant Jesus and His mother, as Herod had evil designs against them; there they remained until the death of Herod (Matthew 2)
Cadoc, Saint - (Cadocus; Docus; Cathmael; Catrwg Ddoeth; Cattwg the Wise) (c
Rational - ) Agreeable to reason; not absurd, preposterous, extravagant, foolish, fanciful, or the like; Wise; judicious; as, rational conduct; a rational man
Antonomasia - ) The use of some epithet or the name of some office, dignity, or the like, instead of the proper name of the person; as when his majesty is used for a king, or when, instead of Aristotle, we say, the philosopher; or, conversely, the use of a proper name instead of an appellative, as when a Wise man is called a Solomon, or an eminent orator a Cicero
Abanah - About 18 miles from Damascus, after dividing fan-wise into a number of branches, it flows into the Meadow Lakes
Egypt, Flight Into - After the departure of the Wise men, the angel of the Lord told Joseph to fiy into Egypt with the Infant Jesus and His mother, as Herod had evil designs against them; there they remained until the death of Herod (Matthew 2)
ma'gi - (Authorized Version Wise men ). 120; but as they appear in Jeremiah among the retinue of the Chaldean king, we must suppose Nebuchadnezzar's conquests led him to gather round him the Wise men and religious teachers of the nations which he subdued, and that thus the sacred tribe of the Medes rose under his rule to favor and power. (Matthew 2:1-12 ) the Magi appear as "wise men"--properly Magians --who were guided by a star from "the east" to Jerusalem, where they suddenly appeared in the days of Herod the Great, inquiring for the new-born king of the Jews, whom they had come to worship.  (Why should the new star lead these Wise men to look for a king of the Jews? (1) These Wise men from Persia were the most like the Jews, in religion, of all nations in the world. Isai 9,11; Dani 7 (4) Daniel himself was a prince and chief among this very class of Wise men
Ezrahite - (ehz' ruh hite) A term used to describe the family relationships of Ethan, a famous Wise man (1 Kings 4:31 )
Cunning - either skilful or Wise (we cannot say knowing , for that adj
Providence - ) Foresight; care; especially, the foresight and care which God manifests for his creatures; hence, God himself, regarded as exercising a constant Wise prescience
Otherwise - OTH'ERWISE, adv. other and Wise, manner. Thy father was a worthy prince, and merited, alas! a better fate but heaven thought otherwise. Sir John Norris failed in the attempt of Lisborn, and returned with the loss, by sickness and otherwise, of 8000 men. It is said truly, that the best men otherwise, are not always the best in regard to society
Holy Innocents - Matthew 2, recounts that Herod, angered because he had been deluded by the Wise men, ordered the massacre of all male children of two years or under in Bethlehem. accepted that the slaughter occurred about two years after the apparition of the star to the Wise men
Innocents, Holy - Matthew 2, recounts that Herod, angered because he had been deluded by the Wise men, ordered the massacre of all male children of two years or under in Bethlehem. accepted that the slaughter occurred about two years after the apparition of the star to the Wise men
Retirement - Retirement is of great advantage to a Wise man. He rejoices in what is right: and, Wiser by experience, lays the plan of his future life. The great and the noble, the Wise and the learned, the pious and the good, have been lovers of serious retirement
Heart - The heart is often referred to in scripture as the seat of the affections and of the passions, also of wisdom and understanding — hence we read of 'the Wise in heart,' also the Lord gave to Solomon 'a Wise and understanding heart
Apple-Trees - Thoughts of Wise men, well expressed, are like "apples of gold in pictures of silver," That is, like ripe and golden fruit in finely wrought silver baskets, Proverbs 25:11
Bethlehemites - A sect called also Star-bearers, because they were distinguished by a red star having five rays, which they wore on their breast, in memory of the star which appeared to the Wise men
Elymas - Arabic (alim , "wise," related to ulema ) for Barjesus, the Jew sorcerer associated with Sergius Paulus
Soldins - They altered the manner of the sacrifice of the mass; their priests offered gold, their deacons incense, and their sub-deacons myrrh; and this in memory of the like offerings made to the infant Jesus by the Wise men
Heaviness - Thus Proverbs 10:1 ‘A Wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother
Shallow - ) Not intellectually deep; not profound; not penetrating deeply; simple; not Wise or knowing; ignorant; superficial; as, a shallow mind; shallow learning
Worldly - ...
Subverting worldly strong and worldly Wise by simply meek
Memucan - One of the seven princes who "saw the king's face and sat first in the kingdom" (Esther 1:13-14); "wise men who knew the times and law and judgment
Chaldean Language - The question is what was that language? In Daniel 2:4 we find that the Wise men answered the king in the Syriac language, that is Aramaic: cf. There must be some reason why in Daniel it is said the Wise men answered the king in 'Aramaic:' this is held to be not the learned and court language, but the common language of the people; and the Wise men may have used it that all who heard it might judge of the reasonableness of what they said, though the king might condemn them
Disperse - The lips of the Wise disperse knowledge
Calcol - Probably identical with Chalcol or Calcol, the same in the Hebrew, one of the four Wise men whom Solomon exceeded (1 Kings 4:31)
Porter - It may refer to a Wise servant of GOD, some Sunday School teacher, pastor, or evangelist, who sees a troubled soul seeking the Saviour and opens the Scriptures of truth to him so that he enters into salvation
Immortal - To the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only Wise God, be honor and glory forever
Gamaliel - He gave the Wise advice in the council that if the work of the apostles was of God it was useless to resist it; and if not, it would come to naught of itself
Opportunity - A Wise man will make more opportunities than he finds
Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin - There are two things said of the king's Wise men: they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king its interpretation. Various suggestions have been made as to why the Wise men could not read the writing
Ant - This insect is mentioned twice in the Old Testament: in ( Proverbs 6:6 ; 30:25 ) In the former of these passages the diligence of this insect is instanced by the Wise man as an example worthy of imitation; in the second passage the ant's wisdom is especially alluded to; for these insects "though they be little on the earth, are exceeding Wise
Just Branch - God says: "I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign, and shall be Wise: and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth" (Jeremiah 23)
Horror - This passion is the original of superstition, as a Wise and well- tempered awe is of religion
Humility - Wise men know their own ignorance and are ever ready to learn
Mahol - ]'> ‘dance’) amongst instruments of music, so that the four Wise men mentioned above may really be described as ‘sons of music,’ in which case their wisdom may have consisted chiefly in their skill in the composition of hymns
Politic - ) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, Wise; prudent; sagacious; and in a bad sense, artful; unscrupulous; cunning; - said of persons
Goad - It is applied metaphorically to the energy imparted by the words of the Wise
Chaldeans (Wise Men) - These Chaldeans were a particular class of learned men, forming with others the Magi, or Wise men of Babylon
Erratic - ) Deviating from a Wise of the common course in opinion or conduct; eccentric; strange; queer; as, erratic conduct
Deny - Who find not Providence all good and Wise, ...
Alike in what it gives, and what denies? ...
Tekoa, Tekoah - The 'wise woman' Joab employed to speak to the king respecting the return of Absalom was from this city
Heart: Its Aberrations - On board iron vessels it is a common thing to see a compass placed aloft, to be as much away from the cause of aberration as possible: a Wise hint to us to elevate our affections and desires; the nearer to God the less swayed by worldly influences
Muster - The philosopher musters all the Wise sayings of the ancients
Riches: Danger of - It reminded us of mariners casting out the lading into the sea to save the vessel, and we were led to meditate upon the dangers of Christians heavily laden with earthly possessions, and the Wise way in which the gracious Father unloads them by their losses that they may be enabled to pursue their journey to heaven, and no longer sink in the snow of carnal-mindedness
Sage - ) A Wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher
Maschil - The same word in the plural (maschilim) signifies 'the Wise, or the instructed ones
Proverbs Book of - This is a collection of Wise maxims woven into a didactic poem, and making up a popular system of ethics. A more connected address, with various admonitions, and a charge to listen to the words of the wise
Truth - If I detain the reader at this word, it is not simply to explain what is not plain as to require no comment, as the word is in itself, but it is to remind the reader how sweetly and graciously the Lord Jesus hath applied it to himself, and determined that this is one of his precious names, which, for fragrancy, is as ointment poured forth, (See John 14:6) And this is what the Holy Ghost by the Wise man meant, when he recommended the church "to buy the truth, and sell it not. No man cometh to the Father but by thee: all that the Father giveth thee shall come to thee: and none that cometh unto thee, wilt thou in any Wise cast out
Sick - ...
Song of Solomon 2:5 (b) The Wise man is telling us by this expression that his whole soul and being is given up to love and loving, so that nothing else in the world matters
Apostolical Constitutions - Clement, whose name they likewise bear. There are so many things in them different from and even contrary to the genius and design of the New Testament writers, that no Wise man would believe, without the most convincing and irresistible proof, that both could come from the same hand
Tekoa, Tekoah - From this place Joab procured a "wise woman," who pretended to be in great affliction, and skilfully made her case known to David
Goodness of God - "Goodness and justice are the several aspects of one unchangeable, infinitely Wise, and sovereign moral perfection
Damnation - condemnation; exposes himself to severe temporal judgments from God, and to the judgment and censure of the Wise and good
Wisdom - A Wise man employs the most proper means for success; a prudent man the safest means for not being brought into danger
Candle - Job said of God, "when his candle shined upon my head," Job 29:3 ; "the candle of the wicked shall be put out," Proverbs 24:20 ; whereas respecting 'the Wise woman' it is said "her candle goeth not out by night
Mother - The Wise woman who appealed to Joab as 'a mother in Israel,' was at once listened to
Economy - ) The system of rules and regulations by which anything is managed; orderly system of regulating the distribution and uses of parts, conceived as the result of Wise and economical adaptation in the author, whether human or divine; as, the animal or vegetable economy; the economy of a poem; the Jewish economy
Coney - It is called by Solomon "wise," and "a feeble folk;" is quiet and gregarious in habit, and so timid that it starts at the shadow of a passing bird
Miletus - a city on the continent of Asia Minor, and in the province of Caria, memorable for being the birthplace of Thales, one of the seven Wise men of Greece, of Anaximander and Anaximines, the philosophers, and of Timotheus, the musician
Wisdom - BOOK OF, an apocryphal book of Scripture, so called on account of the Wise maxims contained in it
Sabaoth - JEHOVAH SABAOTH is the Lord of Hosts; and we are to understand the word hosts in the most comprehensive sense, as including the host of heaven, the angels and minister of the Lord; the stars and planets, which, as an army ranged in battle array, perform the will of God; the armies of earth, whose conflicts his providence overrules to the accomplishment of his own Wise designs; the hordes of inferior creatures, as the locusts that plagued Egypt, the quails that fed Israel, and "the canker-worm and the palmer-worm, his great army," Joel 2:15 ; and lastly, the people of the Lord, both of the old and new covenants, a truly great army, of which God is the general and commander, 2 Samuel 6:2Psalm 24:10Romans 9:29James 5:4
Simplicity - ’ It is ‘the testimony of the Lord’ that makes the simple Wise ( Psalms 19:7 ; cf. Christ Jesus being made unto them ‘wisdom from God’ ( 1 Corinthians 1:30 ), they are no longer beguiled like Eve, but are ‘wise unto that which is good, and simple unto that which is evil’ ( Romans 16:19 )
Star of the Magi - If, then, we assume that the star, whatever it was, was near the horizon in front of the Wise men when they started on their journey, its relative position to them, so long as they kept a direct course, would vary but little. ...
A somewhat more difficult question than that about the appearance of the star is, Why did the Wise men connect it with the birth of a king of the Jews? The traditional answer to this question is that there had been handed down from generation to generation among the Wise men of Babylon a knowledge of Balaam’s prophecy, ‘There shall come forth a star out of Jacob’ (Numbers 24:17 ), and that, when this notable star appeared, it was considered to be the herald of the appearance of a great person. There certainly was a Jewish population in Babylonia in our Lord’s day, and if this prophecy was recognized as coming from a Hebrew document, and reference was made to the Jews, it would be most natural for the Wise men, if they were Babylonians, to set their faces towards Jerusalem
Proverb - (3) The fact that a Wise saying was meant for the Wise encouraged the use of elliptical form . On this account proverbs were called ‘the words of the Wise’ ( Proverbs 22:17 ). Hence the note of surprise and unexpectedness in Christ’s words, when He said that the mysteries of the Kingdom had been hidden from the Wise and understanding and revealed unto babes ( Matthew 11:25 , Luke 10:21 ). ’ An enigma for the study of books is: ‘Black seeds on white ground, and he who eats of the fruit becomes Wise
Earrings - More ornamental than the finest gold earring, however, “is the Wise reprover on an obedient ear” ( Proverbs 25:12 )
Dream - Other significant dreams are also recorded, such as those of Abimelech (Genesis 20:3-7 ), Pharaoh's chief butler and baker (40:5), Pharaoh (41:1-8), the Midianites (Judges 7:13 ), Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:1 ; 4:10,18 ), the Wise men from the east (Matthew 2:12 ), and Pilate's wife (27:19)
Ethan - the Israelite , in opposition to some of the other Wise men named, who were foreigners
Preachers: Different - One makes a Wise man, the other good; one serves that we may know our duty, the other that we may perform it
Astrologer - Rather the Bible mocks such practices and shows that God's word to the prophets and the Wise of Israel far surpasses any foreign skills
Pursue - ) To proceed along, with a view to some and or object; to follow; to go in; as, Captain Cook pursued a new route; the administration pursued a Wise course
Gift - Neither take a gift for a gift doth blind the eyes of the Wise
Magi or Wise Men - An appellation given among the Medes and Persians to a class of priests, Wise men, philosophers, etc
East - The Wise men who visited the infant Savior dwelt somewhere in this region; and being "in the east," saw his star-not east of them, but in the direction to guide them to Jerusalem, Matthew 2:1,2
Abihu - We have to do with a God who is Wise to prescribe his own worship, his to require what he has prescribed, and powerful to avenge what he has not prescribed
Doctrines: Not For Controversy - It covered part of the property of each, nor could it be easily decided to whom the unexpected visitor belonged: but the honest rustics instead of troubling the gentlemen of the long robe with their dispute, Wisely resolved to end it by each party excavating the half of the rock on his own grounds, and converting the whole into two useful cottages, with comfortable rooms, and cellars for their little stock of wine, and there they now reside with their families. After such a sort will Wise men deal with the great doctrines of the gospel; they will not make them the themes of angry controversy, but of profitable use
Discern - ...
A Wise mans heart discerneth time and judgment
Stranger - Gentiles are also called 'strangers' from the covenants of promise ( Ephesians 2:12 ), showing that the covenants made with Israel did in no Wise embrace the Gentiles, though God's grace at all times extended to them
Star of the Wise Men - dates from the fourth year after His birth), May, September, and December, answering to the seven months which would intervene between the beginning and the end of the Wisemen's journey. The star was probably a meteoric body employed by the God of nature to be His instrument in the world of revelation, to guide the Wise men to the divine Messiah
Gourd - ...
I would only observe under this article of Jonah's gourd, how beautiful a lesson was the prophet taught (and, consequently, we ought to learn from it,) had he been Wise to have improved it, how little to be valued are all earthly comforts, which even a poor worm of the earth may destroy
Reprove - But it is the conviction of the Wise man that “the Lord reproves him whom he loves” (Draughts - This custom is traced to the charge of the Wise man: "Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that be of heavy hearts," Proverbs 31:6
Treasure - The Wise men opened their treasures, Matthew 2:11 , that is, their packets, or bundles, to offer presents to our Saviour
Proverbs, Book of - Proverbs 22:17 to Proverbs 24:22 , … the words of the Wise ( Proverbs 22:17-21 forms an introductory poem). Proverbs 24:23-34 , These also are the sayings of the Wise. The Wise are mentioned, and with admiration, but not as a class or as forming a school of thought or instruction. is an appendix to the third, both coming from ‘the Wise. The heading ( Proverbs 30:1 ) separates the chapter from the preceding, but otherwise adds little to our knowledge of the origin, for it is wellnigh unintelligible, Even if it consists of proper names, as is most likely, there is no gain from knowing them and nothing more. It does not so much give Wise counsel of a concrete kind, as praise the wisdom illustrated in the concrete counsels of the following sections. ; that ‘the words of the Wise’ in III
Muth-Labben - Saul slain by the Philistines by whom he had sought to slay David, and receiving the last thrust from one of the Amalekites whom he ought to have destroyed, and Nabal ("fool") dying after his selfish surfeit when churlishly he had refused aught to David's men who had guarded him and his, are instances of the death of such world-wise "fools" (1 Samuel 25:26; 1 Samuel 25:38; 2 Samuel 3:33; Psalms 14:1)
Many - Genesis 17 ...
Not many Wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called
Virtue - " Some, again, think it consists "in mediocrity, " supposing vice to consist in extremes; others have placed it in "a Wise regard to our own interest
Sensible - ) Possessing or containing sense or reason; giftedwith, or characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent; Wise
Lamech - He stands branded as the father of polygamy, the first who dared to violate the sacred command, Genesis 2:24 ; giving way to his unbridled passion, and thus overleaping the divine mound raised by the wisdom of our great Creator; which restraint is enforced by the laws of nature herself, who peoples the earth with an equal number of males and females, and thereby teaches foolish man that polygamy is incompatible with her Wise regulations
Nebuchadnezzar - And those who do not desire to be Wise above what is written, will do well to accept of this and all the other parts of sacred Scripture in the Lord's own way, referring all into his sovereign decree, "who worketh all things according to the purpose of his own will
Accurately - It is used in Matthew 2:8 , of Herod's command to the Wise men as to searching for the young Child (RV, "carefully;" AV, "diligently"); in Acts 18:25 , of Apollos' teaching of "the things concerning Jesus" (RV, "carefully;" AV, "diligently"); in Ephesians 5:15 , of the way in which believers are to walk (RV, "carefully;" AV, "circumspectly"); in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 , of the knowledge gained by the saints through the Apostle's teaching concerning the Day of the Lord (RV and AV, "perfectly")
Coney - They are called by Solomon, "wise," and "a feeble folk;" they are timid and gregarious in their habits, and so gentle and quiet, that they shrink from the shadow of a passing bird
the Ten Virgins - ' And thus it was that when our Lord and His disciples were called to that marriage where the original of this parable took place, as soon as He saw the five Wise virgins admitted to the marriage, and the five foolish virgins shut out, He turned to the twelve and said,-The kingdom of heaven is just like that. For, who and what are the ten virgins, and why are they so called? Why are they exactly ten, and why are they so equally divided into five and five? What are their lamps also, and what are their vessels with their lamps, and what is the oil that the Wise had, and that the foolish had not? What does the tarrying of the bridegroom mean, and what the slumbering and sleeping of the whole ten? And then who are they that make the midnight cry, Behold the bridegroom cometh? And then the hurried trimming of the lamps, with the going out of the lamps of the foolish,-what is the meaning of all that? The request of the foolish for a share of the oil of the Wise, with the refusal of the Wise to part with any of their oil,-what are the spiritual meanings hidden under all that? And specially, who sell the oil, and where do they sell it, and at what price? And then the shutting of the door? And then what it is to be ready? as well as what it is to watch, and when we are to watch, and where? It would have been an immense service done to us all had the disciples petitioned their Master for His own authoritative answer to all these questions. ...
The wisdom, whatever it was, of the five Wise virgins is, plainly, the main lesson set to be learned out of this whole parable. Other lessons, more or less essential, more or less interesting, and more or less instructive, may be extracted out of this remarkable parable, but its supreme and commanding lesson is the richly rewarded wisdom of the five Wise virgins. But the Wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. ...
Now if you would fain know what, exactly, this oil is of which so much is made in this parable, this oil the possession of which made the five virgins so Wise, just look into your own heart for the answer to that. When the night fell the Wise virgins had the oil already in their vessels. This is a most wonderful oil, and a most wonderful oil-market, and a most wonderful oil-merchant! Go all of you to Him who sells, and buy for yourselves, and you will soon be Wiser in this divine marketry than all your teachers. ...
And, once more, watch, for the Wisest are sometimes to be found playing the fool, like the foolish, in this tremendously precarious matter. The five Wise virgins slumbered and slept when they should have been employing their spare time in trimming their lamps, and in keeping both themselves and their fellows awake and ready. And had it not been that they were, all the time, much Wiser than they seemed to be, they would have been shut out with the rest. And then when the house is quiet, the true business of this whole day will begin with those Wise men. " The difference will be that the foolish among us will sit tonight and talk and talk till they extinguish this parable and all its impressions clean off their minds and their hearts, while the Wise among us will take their candles
Order of Pius ix - It comprises four classes: ...
Knights of the Great Ribbon who wear a wide dark blue silk ribbon bordered with red which extends saltire-wise from the left shoulder to the right side where the star of the order is suspended by a rosette, and on the breast a large diamond-studded badge
Commanders with the Badge, who in addition to the star wear a badge of smaller design than the large plaque on the breast
Commanders, who wear the decoration at the neck
Knights who wear the star on the left breast
The decoration is an eight-pointed star made of blue enamel, the spaces between the rays filled with gold flames
Immortality - " (Mark 9:44; Mar 9:46; Mar 9:48) How ought true believers in Jesus to rejoice in the consciousness of their interest in him, to join the hymn of the apostle; "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only Wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever, Amen
Rabbi - And those titles were not sought for, or studied for, by any rules or laws; but when the people discovered any to be eminently blessed with superior learning to others, he was as by general consent, called Rabbi, my master, or Chocham, Wise
Self: Watchfulness Over - An old writer, speaking of men as stewards of God, urges upon them as Wise traders and servants to look to themselves carefully, and take care of four houses which are under their charge
Death: Its Revealing Power - If any of our readers seem to be what they are not, let them be Wise enough to think of the spade the shroud, and the silent dust; let every one among us now put his soul into the crucible, and as we shall test ourselves i the silence of the dying hour, so let us judge ourselves now
Ignorance: of Oneìs Own Heart - ' He who is Wise will believe God's account of the state of his heart by nature, rather than the deceitful heart's account of itself
Truth - Truth is a grand series of caverns, it is our glory to have so great and Wise a conductor as the Holy Spirit
Intreat - 768, ‘Howbeit she could in no Wise be intreated with her good wyll to delyver him
Hid - ...
Isaiah 29:14 (b) GOD is informing us concerning the hypocrites in Israel that He will confound the wisdom of their Wise men, and remove their power to understand and to invent
Coney - This agrees with its being called 'exceeding Wise
Ant - Another point worthy of note is that they have 'no guide, overseer, or ruler,' and yet no one can watch this insect without seeing that they are 'exceeding Wise:' each one finds what his particular work is, and diligently does it — a profitable lesson for the saints of God to learn
Mediator - It is through Him that God has been enabled to approach men in a Man with forgiveness of sins, and consequently to Him any poor sinner can go, and will in no Wise be cast out
Hurt, Hurtful - ...
B — 2: βλάπτω (Strong's #984 — Verb — blapto — blap'-to ) signifies "to injure, mar, do damage to," Mark 16:18 , "shall (in no Wise) hurt (them);" Luke 4:35 , "having done (him no) hurt," RV
Say - ) To utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he said many Wise things
Rebuke - ...
Thou shalt in any Wise rebuke thy neighbor
Astrology - ’ It is to this class that we must refer the Magi or Wise Men from the East, who are mentioned in Matthew 2:1 ff. 7, and it is quite conceivable that this or some similar phenomenon may in God’s providence have led the Wise Men, even through the mistaken principles of their science, actually to visit Palestine about the time when Jesus was born
Cross, Crucifixion - However, this foolishness of God destroys the wisdom of the Wise and is therefore central to the biblical notion of the salvation of God being a Wise salvation because God is a Wise God. The Wise man, scholar, and philosopher of this age are dumbfounded by what appears to them to be foolishness. He did not stumble onto it by accident but chose the weak and foolish things of the world in order deliberately to confound the Wise and to shame the strong. My message and my preaching were not with Wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom but on God's power" (2:2-5)
Daniel the Prophet - ...
This was soon to be put to the proof, for the king having had a remarkable dream, which perhaps he had forgotten, he required the Wise men to tell him the dream as well as its interpretation; or he may have intended it as a test. The magic and astrology of Chaldea was not equal to it, and Daniel and his companions were in danger of being destroyed with all the Wise men; but they turned to the God of heaven and prayed to Him, and the dream was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. He made Daniel ruler over the whole of Babylon and chief governor over all the Wise men of Babylon
Divine Attributes - The attributes of God most commonly mentioned are: almighty, eternal, holy, immense, immortal, immutable, incomprehensible, ineffable, infinite, intelligent, invisible, just, loving, merciful, most high, most Wise, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, patient, perfect, provident, self-dependent, supreme, true
Nail - The words of the Wise are compared to "nails fastened by the masters of assemblies" (Ecclesiastes 12:11 , A
Bells - ...
In art, the bell is an emblem or associated with ...
Saint Anthony the Abbot bell...
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Herodians - His disappointment at the birth of Christ, and the account the Wise men who came from the east to Jerusalem, to seek for the new-born Prince, explains what we read of him, and his infamous cruelty
Watchfulness: When Special Need of - When the servants of the high priest allowed Peter to warm his hands at the fire, had Peter been a Wise man, he would have been afraid that evil would come of it
Psalms - As the Holy Ghost hath not thought proper to explain the cause for which they are so called, it should seem to be the safest plan to avoid all unprofitable enquiries, than attempt to be Wise above what is written. The Psalms themselves are full of Jesus, and therefore in the discovery and enjoyment of him it will be our highest wisdom to direct our researches, praying that as often as the Holy Ghost opens any part of this precious volume to our meditation, he that hath the key of David may open our heart to the right apprehension of them, to make us Wise unto salvation, through the faith that is in Christ Jesus
Coal - ...
Coal, or rather charcoal, supplies several Scripture metaphors, the most interesting of which is illustrated by the expression of the Wise woman of Tekoa, ‘thus shall they quench my coal that is left’ (2 Samuel 14:7 )
Sorrow - In order to moderate our sorrows, we should consider that we are under the direction of a Wise and merciful Being; that he permits no evil to come upon us without a gracious design; that he can make our troubles sources of spiritual advantage; that he might have afflicted us in a far greater degree; that, though he has taken some, yet he has left many other comforts; that he has given many promises of relief: thet he has supported thousands in as great troubles as ours: and, finally, that the time is coming when he will wipe away all tears, and give to them that love him a crown of glory that fadeth not away
Magi - (ma' gi) Eastern Wise men, priests, and astrologers expert in interpreting dreams and other “magic arts
Bar-Jesus - The title Elymas ( Acts 13:8 ) is equivalent to Magus ( Acts 13:6 ), and is probably derived from an Arabic root signifying ‘wise
Mighty - In a great degree very as might Wise mighty thoughtful
Aloes - ...
It may have been a part of those spices brought by the Wise men to make His baby garments sweet
Lectures, Religious - After all, it must be remarked, that he who can hear the truth on a sabbath day does not act consistently to neglect his family or business to be always present at week-day lectures; nor is he altogether Wise who has an opportunity of receiving instruction, yet altogether neglects it
Truth - ' It is divine, and above the opinions of men, however Wise and pious they may be
Stupid Fellow - ...
The kesı̂yl is “insolent” in religion and “stupid or dull” in Wise living (living out a religion he professes)
Deuteronomy - It is full of tender solicitude, Wise instruction, faithful warning, and the zealous love of a patriot and a prophet for the people of God, whom he had borne on his heart so long
Pearl - " In (Matthew 7:6 ) pearls are used metaphorically for anything of value, or perhaps more especially for "wise sayings
Helps - ]'> ‘wise counsels’) suggests that rule and guidance which afterwards fell to presbyters or bishops. ’ ‘Governments,’ again, refers to ‘men who by Wise counsels did for the community what the steersman or pilot does for the ship
Wisdom Literature - He also used teachers known as ‘the Wise’ (Jeremiah 18:18). The book of Proverbs recognizes that the same principle may not apply equally in all cases (Proverbs 26:4-5), while the books of Job and Ecclesiastes recognize that the general principles are still the basis for Wise teaching (Job 28:20-28; Ecclesiastes 7:1-13). The wisdom taught by the Wise teachers of Israel came from those who reverenced God’s law and wanted to apply it to the details of everyday living
Mordecai - Tidings of this cruel scheme soon reached the ears of Mordecai, who communicated with Queen Esther regarding it, and by her Wise and bold intervention the scheme was frustrated
Creation - This creative act on the part of God was absolutely free, and for infinitely Wise reasons
Daniel - 592 and 587, mention a certain Daniel as an extraordinarily righteous and Wise man, belonging to the same class as Noah and Job, whose piety availed with God on behalf of their unworthy contemporaries
Magi - ) Called "wise men"' Matthew 2:1. Nebuchadnezzar gathered round him the religious teachers and Wise men of the nations he conquered (Daniel 1:3-4; Daniel 1:20). " So in Matthew 2:1 it is used in the better sense of "wise men," at once astronomers and astrologers "from the E. " Accordingly the very guide they look to is a star (a meteor probably), and the question they ask is "where is He that is born King of the Jews?"...
Moreover, Daniel, "chief of the Magi," had foretold Messiah's kingdom (Daniel 2:44; Daniel 9:25); naturally the Magi ("wise men") looked for the kingdom and the king among the people of him whose fame as a Magian they had heard of
Areopagus - It was composed entirely of ex-archons, of grave and blameless character, and their Wise and just decisions made it famous far beyond the bounds of Greece
Teko'a, - The "wise woman" whom Joab employed to effect a reconciliation between David and Absalom was obtained from this place
Heart - The heart is the "home of the personal life," and hence a man is designated, according to his heart, Wise (1 Kings 3:12 , etc
Refuge - ...
Proverbs 14:26 (a) As David, Moses and others of GOD's great men found a shelter from the storm in the protecting care of GOD, so this Wise man assures us that that protection may be ours also
Myrrh - It formed part of the gifts brought by the Wise men from the east, who came to worship the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:11 )
Self-Seeking - Micah 2:1-2 ; that it is contrary to the example of all Wise and good men: that the most awful examples of the punishment of this sin are recorded in Scripture; as Pharaoh, Achan, Haman, Gehazi, Absalom, Ananias and Sapphira, Judas, and many others
Ant - It is Wise in that it prepares for the future when ice and snow will prevent foraging for food
Conceit - Seest thou a man Wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him
Infinity - If he be limited, it must either be by himself, or by another; but no Wise being would abridge himself, and there could be no other being to limit God
Simple - ) Weak in intellect; not Wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly
Barbarian - Paul comprehends all mankind under the names of Greeks and barbarians: "I am a debtor both to the Greeks and to the barbarians; to the Wise and to the unwise," ...
Dove, - " It is also an emblem of harmlessness: 'wise as serpents, harmless as doves
Coney - David describes him very pertinently, and joins him to other animals perfectly known: ‘The hills are a refuge for the wild goats, and the rocks for the saphan:' and Solomon says that ‘they are exceeding Wise,' that they are ‘but a feeble folk, yet make their houses in the rocks. From their tenderness these are very liable to be excoriated or hurt; notwithstanding which, they build houses in the rocks more inaccessible than those of the rabbit, and in which they abide in greater safety, not by exertion of strength, for they have it not, but are truly, as Solomon says, ‘a feeble folk,' but by their own sagacity and judgment; and are therefore justly described as Wise
Proverbs, Book of - These titles introduce the book's major subcollections, and are found in Proverbs 1:1 ; Proverbs 17:17-1894 ; Proverbs 22:17 (“words of the Wise”); Proverbs 24:23 ; Proverbs 25:1-274 ; Proverbs 30:1 ; Proverbs 31:1 . ...
“Sayings” which express Wise insights about reality are the primary forms in Proverbs 10:1-22:16 and Proverbs 25:1-29:27 . ” That is, God has placed in creation a Wise order which speaks to humankind of good and evil, urging humans toward good and away from evil. ...
Thus, the Wise person “fears God” and also lives in harmony with God's order for creation. Proverbs are designed to make one Wise, but they require wisdom to be used correctly. Many things have more than one side to them, and the Wise person will know which is which
Ecclesiastes, Theology of - For instance, while the Book of Proverbs advocates a total commitment to the way of wisdom, Qohelet says, "Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise" (7:16) and concludes that in the long run wisdom can get us no further than folly (2:12-16). ...
On the contrary, the most natural reading of the book takes into account the presence of two speakers: Qohelet, who refers to himself in the first person in 1:12-12:7, and a second unnamed Wise person, who describes Qohelet to his son (12:12) in the third person (1:1-11; 12:8-15). The second Wise person, in fact, introduces and concludes Qohelet's teaching with the refrain, as if to say, "This is Qohelet's basic conclusion. If there was anything that should have appealed to a Wise person in Israel, it would have been the value of his wisdom. Both the fool and the Wise die, rendering void the benefits of wisdom (vv. ...
In terms of the latter, it must be remembered that it was of crucial importance for a Wise teacher to know the right time. The Wise speak the right word at the right time. Qohelet, as a Wise man, knows that there are right times for certain activities: "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven" (3:1). It is the Yahweh speeches that provide the prism through which the rest of the book must be understoodjust as the second Wise teacher's epilogue provides a hermeneutical grid for the Book of Ecclesiastes. ...
What does this normative voice tell the reader? In the first place, the second unnamed Wise teacher gives a cautious approval to Qohelet's words (12:9-10), and indeed, as we think about what Qohelet says, we can see that he does accurately describe the situation on the earth apart from God ("under the sun"). He tells his son that the words of the Wise are like "goads" and "firmly implanted nails, " both images of pain if nothing else
Decrees of God - "The decrees of God are his eternal, unchangeable, holy, Wise, and sovereign purpose, comprehending at once all things that ever were or will be in their causes, conditions, successions, and relations, and determining their certain futurition
Sobriety - Sobriety is necessary for all descriptions of character; it is necessary for the young and for the old; for the rich and the poor, for the Wise and for the illiterate; all need to 'be sober
Sermons: Bad Not to be Listened to - Only a gross simpleton would leap into a pit full of rattlesnakes to see if they would do him any harm; a Wise man is content to leave the experiment untried
Gebal - ...
Smith's Bible Dictionary identifies the Gebal of Psalm 83 with Gebal in Ezekiel 27:9, "the ancients of Gebal and the Wise men thereof were in thee thy caulkers" (stoppers of chinks in ships), evidently the Phoenician city and region between Beyrut and Tripoli, famed for skilled workmen, "the Giblites" (stone carvers) (1 Kings 5:18 margin)
Abel-Beth-Maacha - Sheba, son of Bichri, the rebel against David, 80 years before the Syrian invasion under Benhadad, Asa's ally, was here besieged by Joab; and the city was saved by the proverbial shrewdness of its inhabitants, who hearkened to their fellow townswoman's Wise advice to sacrifice the one man Sheba to the safety of the whole inhabitants
Babe - It is used (a) of "infants," Matthew 21:16 ; (b) metaphorically, of the unsophisticated in mind and trustful in disposition, Matthew 11:25 and Luke 10:21 , where it stands in contrast to the Wise; of those who are possessed merely of natural knowledge, Romans 2:20 ; of those who are carnal, and have not grown, as they should have done, in spiritual understanding and power, the spiritually immature, 1 Corinthians 3:1 , those who are so to speak partakers of milk, and "without experience of the word of righteousness," Hebrews 5:13 ; of the Jews, who, while the Law was in force, were in state corresponding to that of childhood, or minority, just as the word "infant" is used of a minor, in English law, Galatians 4:3 , "children;" of believers in an immature condition, impressionable and liable to be imposed upon instead of being in a state of spiritual maturity, Ephesians 4:14 , "children
Chaldea - ...
The word ‘Chaldeans’ had also a more technical meaning, which had passed down from ancient times when certain Chaldeans became famous as astrologers, priests and Wise men
Philosophy - " Philosophy owes its name to the modesty of Pythagoras, who refused the high title of σοφος , Wise, given to his predecessors, Thales, Pherecydes, &c, as too assuming; and contented himself with the simple appellation of φιλοσοφος , quasi φιλος της σοφιας , a friend, or lover of wisdom: but Chauvin rather chooses to derive the name from φιλια , desire to study, and σοφια , studium sapientiae; and says that Pythagoras, conceiving that the application of the human mind ought rather to be called study than science, set aside the appellation of Wise, and, in lieu thereof, took that of philosopher. ...
Anciently, learned men were denominated among the Hebrews חכמים , as among the Greeks they were called σοφοι , Wise men. " The Jews, in imitation of the Greeks, had their seven Wise men, who were called rabboni
Content - A Wise content his even soul securd By want not shaken, nor by wealth allurd
Testimony - ...
The word sometimes refers to the entire law of God: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making Wise the simple” (Eli - Thus he carried his indulgence to cruelty; while a more dignified and austere conduct on his part might have rendered them Wise and virtuous, and thereby have preserved himself and family
Academics - The new academy maintained that we have no means of distinguishing truth, and that the most evident appearances may lead us into error; they granted the Wise man opinion, but denied him certainty
Likewise - 1), is rendered "likewise" in the AV of Matthew 22:26 ; 27:41 , Luke 10:32 ; 16:25 ; John 5:19 ; James 2:25 ; 1 Peter 3:1,7 ; Jude 1:8 ; Revelation 8:12 (in all these the RV has "in like manner"); in the following, AV and RV have "likewise;" Matthew 26:35 ; Luke 5:33 ; 6:31 ; 10:37 ; 17:28,31 ; 22:36 ; John 6:11 ; 21:13 ; Romans 1:27 ; 1 Peter 5:5 . ...
2: ὡσαύτως (Strong's #5615 — Adverb — hosautos — ho-sow'-toce ) a strengthened form of hos, "as," denotes "in like manner, just so, likewise;" it is sometimes translated "likewise," e. ...
3: καί (Strong's #2532 — Conjunction — kai — kahee ) "and, even," is translated "likewise" in the AV and RV of Matthew 20:10 (last kai in the verse), more lit. , "even they;" elsewhere the RV has "also," for the AV, "likewise," Matthew 18:35 ; 24:33 ; Luke 3:14 ; 17:10 ; 19:19 ; 21:31 ; Acts 3:24 ; 1 Corinthians 14:9 ; Colossians 4:16 ; 1 Peter 4:1 ; in Matthew 21:24 , the AV has "in like Wise" (RV, "likewise"). ...
4: παραπλησίως (Strong's #3898 — Adverb — paraplesios — par-ap-lay-see'-oce ) from para, "beside," and the adjective plesios, "near" (akin to the adverb pelas, "near, hard by"), is used in Hebrews 2:14 , AV, "likewise" (RV, "in like manner"), expressing the true humanity of Christ in partaking of flesh and blood. ...
Notes: (1) In Matthew 17:12 ; Romans 6:11 , AV, the adverb houtos, "thus, so," is translated "likewise," (RV, "so"); in Luke 15:7 ; 10 , AV, "likewise," RV, "even so;" in Luke 14:33 , AV, followed by oun, "therefore," it is rendered "so likewise" (RV, "so therefore")
Hawk - The common translation does not give the full force of the passage:...
"Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom?" The real meaning is, "Doth she know, through thy skill or wisdom, the precise period for taking flight, or migrating and stretching her wings toward a southern or warmer climate?" The passage is well rendered by Sandys: —...
"Doth the wild haggard tower into the sky, And to the south by thy direction fly?" ...
Her migration is not conducted by the wisdom and prudence of man, but by the superintending and upholding providence of the only Wise God
Josiah - The death of this Wise and pious king was deeply lamented, by the prophet Jeremiah and all the people, Zechariah 12:11
Testimony - The testimony of the Lord is sure, making Wise the simple Psalms 19 ...
Fool, Folly - ...
Therefore, the greatest fools may be those whom the world considers Wise
Command, Commandment - The godly love, learn, and believe in God's commandments, for they contain precious, enlightening truth that makes one Wise (Psalm 19:8 ; 119:47-48,66 , 73,98 , 151 ). The Wise follow godly commands as a guiding light (Proverbs 6:23 ), and keep God's commandments in view of impending judgment
Affection - It is true, indeed, "that all affectionate devotion is not Wise and rational; but it is no less true, that all Wise and rational devotion must be affectionate
Scribes - ...
These scribes are very frequently called Wise men, and counsellors; and those of them who were remarkable for writing well were held in great esteem. Our Lord, when speaking of "them of old time," classed the "prophets, and Wise men, and scribes," together, Matthew 23:34 ; but of the later scribes he uniformly speaks with censure, and indignation, and usually joins them with the Pharisees, to which sect they in general belonged. Paul asks, 1 Corinthians 1:20 , "Where is the Wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world?" with evident contempt for such as, "professing themselves Wise above what was written, became fools
Tittle - ...
On the lips of Jesus the saying, ‘One jot or one tittle shall in no Wise pass away from the law till all be fulfilled’ (Matthew 5:18), is startling; and a number of modern critical scholars are inclined to meet the exegetical difficulty by denying the genuineness of the logion—regarding it as an answer of the Evangelist himself to the Pauline anti-legalism, or even as a later Jewish-Christian insertion Certainly, if the saying stood by itself, unqualified and uninterpreted in any way, there might be some warrant for such criticism, even although on textual grounds there is nothing to be said against the verse, which, moreover, reappears in Luke, though in a shorter form. 20) we find Him declaring, ‘Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no Wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. And so in the striking language of paradox and even of hyperbole that He was wont to use when He felt strongly and desired to speak strongly, He exclaimed, ‘For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no Wise pass away from the law, till all be fulfilled
Sober, Soberly, Soberminded - , "wise"); "train" expresses the meaning more adequately; the training would involve the cultivation of sound judgment and prudence
Saturnians - He held the doctrine of two principles, whence proceeded all things; the one, a Wise and benevolent Deity, and the other, matter, a principle essentially evil, and which he supposed acted under the superintendence of a certain intelligence of a malignant nature
Day by Day (2) - ' Why should you see it till that time comes? What if a person going on a journey of five years should undertake to carry provisions, and clothes, and gold enough to last him during the whole time, lugging them as he travelled, like a veritable Englishman, with all creation at his back! If he is Wise he will supply himself at the different points where he stops
Stoics - With respect to happiness or good, the stoical doctrine was altogether extravagant: they taught that all external things are indifferent and cannot affect the happiness of man; that pain, which does not belong to the mind, is not evil; and that a Wise man will be happy in the midst of torture, because virtue itself is happiness
Camel - The Wise men who worshiped Jesus are traditionally pictured as riding camels (Matthew 1:1 )
Attain - Is he Wise who hopes to attain the end without the means? ...
This use of the verb is now established but in strictness to is here implied attain to the end
Daniel - And his wisdom was so highly esteemed, that it became proverbial to denote a Wise man by calling him Daniel. Hence, the prophet Ezekiel, (Ezekiel 28:3) speaking, by the Lord's command, to the prince of Tyrus, speaks of his vanity and pride, as if he thought himself Wiser than Daniel
Satisfied, To Be - The Wise man noted that the lazy man “that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough ” (Jannes - He speaks, likewise, of the faction or sect of magicians, of which, he says, Moses, Jannes, and Jocabel, or Jopata, were heads. They are called by several names in several translations; by the Septuagint, φαρμακι , poisoners, and επαοιδοι , enchanters; by Sulpitius Severus, Chaldaeans, that is, astrologers; by others, sapientes and malefici, Wise men, that is, so esteemed among the Egyptians, philosophers, and witches. He cites a book entitled "Jannes and Mambres," which is likewise quoted by Origen, and ranked as apocryphal by Pope Gelasius
Magician - " The second word, Asaphim, has a great resemblance to the Greek word σοφος , "wise man;" whether the Greeks took this word from the Babylonians, or vice versa
Vocation - The glory of God, who is supremely Wise, good, merciful, just, and powerful, is so luminously displayed in this communication both of his grace and glory, as deservedly to raise into rapturous admiration the minds of angels and of men, and to employ their loosened tongues in celebrating the praises of Jehovah, Revelation 4:8-11 ; Revelation 5:8-10
Theotimus, Bishop of Tomi - In 403, during the visit of Epiphanius of Salamis, he refused to affix his signature to the decree of the council of Cyprus condemning the teaching of Origen, denouncing the attempt to cast insult on a justly honoured name and to question the decisions of Wise and good men before them
Wisdom: to Win Souls - Would to God that preachers and other workers for God had a tithe as much common- sense as Cheap-Jack, and were half as earnest to bring men to Jesus Christ as Cheap-Jack is to bring them to buy that tea-tray and set of real china! 0 that we were as Wise to win the ear and heart of the particular case with which we have to deal, as he is in extorting a laugh and compelling the
Predestination - If, also, God be infinitely Wise, it cannot be conceived that he would leave things at random, and have no plan. He is a God of order, and this order he observes as strictly in the moral as in the natural world, however conceived otherwise of God, is to degrade him, and is an insult to his perfections. If he, then, be Wise and unchangeable, no new idea or purpose can arise in his mind; no alteration of his plan can take place, upon condition of his creatures acting in this or that way
Education (2) - 4: ‘Let thy house be a meeting-house for the Wise. The Rabbi occupied a low platform, and his disciples sat round him on the floor, ‘powdering themselves in the dust of the feet of the Wise,’¶
There prevailed in early times a singularly unhappy misconception, that the Holy Child was confounding the Wise men by an exhibition of Divine wisdom. Again and again He encountered the Wise men of Israel in debate, and worsted them on their own proper field (cf. It was otherwise in Galilee. ‘I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,’ said Jesus, perhaps when He was leaving Jerusalem, rejected by her Wise men (John 10:39-40),*  ‘that thou didst hide these things from Wise and understanding, and didst reveal them to babes’ (Matthew 11:25)
Wisdom - At a fourth level, the terms "wisdom" and "wise" apply to men and women who represent a way of thinking and conduct that is orderly, socially sensitive, and morally upright. ...
Third, wisdom simplifies religion by describing faith as born out of decisions that are either Wise or foolish. The disposition that characterizes the Wise person is summed up in the phrase the "fear of the Lord
Knights of the Holy Sepulcher - There are three classes in the order: Grand Cross Knights, who wear the grand cross suspended from the ribbon worn saltire-wise from the right shoulder to the left side, and a badge on the breast; Commanders, who wear the cross and ribbon fastened at the neck; and Knights, who wear the badge on the left breast
Sheba - While Joab was engaged in laying siege to this city, Sheba's head was, at the instigation of a "wise woman" who had held a parley with him from the city walls, thrown over the wall to the besiegers, and thus the revolt came to an end
Holy Sepulcher, Knights of the - There are three classes in the order: Grand Cross Knights, who wear the grand cross suspended from the ribbon worn saltire-wise from the right shoulder to the left side, and a badge on the breast; Commanders, who wear the cross and ribbon fastened at the neck; and Knights, who wear the badge on the left breast
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Proverbs 20:15 (a) Beautiful and Wise words adorn the lives of those who walk with GOD, and seek to please Him in their conversation
Language - Our Wise Creator, therefore, has conferred upon us this inestimable privilege: let us then be cautious that our tongues be not the vehicle of vain and useless matter, but used for the great end of glorifying him, and doing good to mankind
Begging - (Deuteronomy 15:4; Deu 7:11) I recommend the reader to consult this whole chapter, from whence he will form better ideas concerning the mind of the Lord on the character of the beggar, and his own gracious and all-wise appointments of the inequalities of life
Security - 21:22: “A Wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof
Lip - 12:19), Wise (Vain, in Vain, Vainly - ...
A — 2: μάταιος (Strong's #3152 — Adjective — mataios — mat'-ah-yos ) "void of result," is used of (a) idolatrous practices, Acts 14:15 , RV, "vain things" (AV, "vanities"); (b) the thoughts of the Wise, 1 Corinthians 3:20 ; (c) faith, if Christ is not risen, 1 Corinthians 15:17 ; (d) questionings, strifes, etc
Wide - ) On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc
Scepticism - The Pyrrhonists and the Academicians held that nothing can be known with certainty; that the Wise man will suspend judgment, affirming nothing and denying nothing; that we can know appearances, but not reality
Daniel - His training in the schools of the Wise men in Babylon (Daniel 1:4 ) was to fit him for service to the empire. Rab-signin) over all the Wise men of Babylon
Decrees of God - The ancient stoics, Zeno and Chrysippus, whom the Jewish Essenes seem to have followed, asserted the existence of a Deity, that, acting Wisely but necessarily, contrived the general system of the world; from which, by a series of causes, whatever is now done in it unavoidable results. They are to be considered as eternal: this is evident; for if God be eternal, consequently his purposes must be of equal duration with himself: to suppose otherwise, would be to suppose that there was a time when he was undetermined and mutable; whereas no new determinations or after thoughts can arise in his mind, Job 23:13 ; Job 14:1-22 :...
2. They are infinitely Wise, displaying his glory, and promoting the general good, Romans 11:33 . Lastly, they are effectual; for as he is infinitely Wise to plan, so he is infinitely powerful to perform: his counsel shall stand, and he will do all his pleasure, Isaiah 46:10
Fool, Foolishness, Folly - ...
The heaviest concentration of the Hebrew words referring to foolishness is in the Wisdom literature, where the fool is constantly contrasted with the Wise. In fact, the terms "wise" and "fool" are used by the sages to designate respectively the faithful and the sinners
Lending - Wise advisers therefore warned guarantors against making rash promises, and even suggested they withdraw their guarantees from dishonest debtors before it was too late (Proverbs 6:1-5; Proverbs 11:15; Proverbs 17:18; Proverbs 22:26). ...
Jesus too condemned the exploitation of the needy through taking interest on private loans (Luke 6:34), but he apparently approved of Wise investment to earn income (Luke 19:23)
Atheist - Nothing can be more unreasonable than to ascribe to chance an effect which appears with all the characters of a Wise design and contrivance. Samuel Clarke, in his "Demonstration of the Being of a God," says, that Atheism arises either from stupid ignorance, or from corruption of principles and manners, or from the reasonings of false philosophy; and he adds, that the latter, who are the only Atheistical persons capable of being reasoned with at all, must of necessity own that, supposing it cannot be proved to be true, yet it is a thing very desirable, and which any Wise man would wish to be true, for the great benefit and happiness of man, that there was a God, an intelligent and Wise, a just and good Being, to govern the world. If they suppose that the world was made by chance, and is every moment subject to be destroyed by chance again; no man can be so absurd as to contend, that it is as comfortable and desirable to live in such an uncertain state of things, and so continually liable to ruin, without any hope of renovation, as in a world that is under the preservation and conduct of a powerful, Wise, and good God. If they argue against the being of God, from the faults and defects which they imagine they can find in the frame and constitution of the visible and material world; this supposition obliges them to acknowledge that it would have been better the world had been made by an intelligent and Wise Being, who might have prevented all faults and imperfections
Faith - We believe the truths of faith not because our minds understand them, can see them, but because the Infinitely Wise and Truthful God has revealed them
Bethlehem - Afterwards Herod, "when he saw that he was mocked of the Wise men," sent and slew "all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under" (Matthew 2:16,18 ; Jeremiah 31:15 )
Copper - Seth's race was less distinguished for advancement in arts and luxuries than Cain's race, which was Wise in their generation; but the truest civilization is that which develops man's moral and highest nature; in this respect Seth's descendants were far superior, walking in recognition of conscience and of the providence and grace of God
Mufti - When the grand seignior addresses any writing to the Mufti, he gives him the following titles; "...
To the esad, the Wisest of the Wise; instructed in all knowledge; the most excellent of excellents; abstaining from things unlawful; the spring of virtue and true science; heir of the prophetic doctrines; resolver of the problems of faith; revealer of the orthodox articles; key of the treasures of truth; the light to doubtful allegories; strengthened with the grace of the Supreme Legislator of Mankind, May the Most High God perpetuate thy favours
Robbery - Travellers who could afford it usually adopted the Wise precaution of having an escort
Disease - A Wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it
More - It is used to modify an adjective and form the comparative degree, having the same force and effect as the termination er, in monosyllables as more Wise more illustrious more contemptible more durable
Hecebolius, a Rhetor at Constantinople - Julian wrote to Hecebolius to say that "since they had done what could not be allowed in any well-governed city," "in order to help the men the more easily to enter the kingdom of heaven as it was prescribed" by their "most wonderful law he had commanded all moneys to be taken away from the church of the Edessenes that they might be distributed among the soldiers and that its property should be confiscated to his private treasury; that being poor they might become Wise and not lose the kingdom of heaven which they hoped for" (Julian Ep
Hell - This objection is often due to the fact that men fail to remember that God is infinitely just and holy as well as infinitely good; no man will be damned who does not deserve it; God is infinitely Wise, and it would be repugnant to this infinite attribute for Him to establish laws which man can violate with impunity in this life without endangering his eternal happiness; the damned persevere forever in their evil dispositions and impenitence
Execution - They probably thought it Wise not to interfere when the Jews were so stirred up (Acts 7:58; cf
Sponsors - The Church was anxious notto lose these lambs of the Flock, and so it was a Wise and godlyprovision that there should be some one who, in default of theirparents, surviving or in case of their apostasy, might see toit that their godchildren were "brought up to lead a godly anda Christian life
Ostrich - : the argument is, her very seeming lack of wisdom is not without the Wise design of God, just as in the saint's trials, which seem so unreasonable to Job, there lies hidden a Wise design
Proverbs, Theology of - The Wise live securely within the limits of these teachings, but fools, who without discipline wantonly crave what lies outside these prescribed boundaries (10:3b), die by transgressing the Lord's fixed social order (4:10-19). The Wise are on the way of life (2:20-21); fools are on the way to death (1:15-19). Prosperity and adversity are the Wise and necessary mixture of the son's formation. Children who make it into the rank of the Wise bring their parents joy, but those who fail to embrace the inherited wisdom bring them pain (10:1). Kalugila, The Wise King: Studies in Royal Wisdom as Divine Revelation in the Old Testament and Its Environment ; D
Example - We are touched in another manner by the visible practice of good men, which reproaches our defects, and obliges us to the same zeal, which laws, though Wise and good, will not effect
Hypocrisy - the enthusiastic hypocrite, who has an imaginary sight of his sin, and of Christ; talks of remarkable impulses and high feelings; and thinks himself very Wise and good while he lives in the most scandalous practices, Matthew 13:39
Mysteries - No, man, however Wise, can make a blade of grass. By revelation He tells us something of His nature or His works which otherwise we should never know. Mysteries serve the two-fold purpose of giving us knowledge of God, otherwise unattainable, and affording us the means of making an act of sublime faith in God
Prophecy - But there are many subordinate and intermediate prophecies also which hold an important place in the great chain of events which illustrate the sovereignty and all-wise overruling providence of God
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They by Wise counsel induced their master to subdue pride, and humbly to wash in the Jordan, according to the prophet's word. Doubtless affliction brought Gehazi to sincere repentance, and repentance brought removal of the leprosy, which otherwise would have been "for ever
Revelation - Nations have emerged from ignorance and barbarity, whole communities have been morally reformed, unnatural practices abolished, and Wise laws instituted. Kings and peasants, conquerors and philosophers, the Wise and the ignorant, the rich and the poor, have been brought to the foot of the cross; yea, millions have been enlightened, improved, reformed, and made happy by its influences
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In Old Testament times the chief teachers of this practical wisdom were people known as ‘the Wise’ (Jeremiah 18:18). People may think they are Wise, but they must humble themselves and trust in God’s wisdom if they are to be saved (1 Corinthians 3:18-20)
Evil - " What that property of matter is which opposes the Wise and benevolent intentions of the first Intelligence, Plato has not clearly explained; but he speaks of it as ξυμφυτος επιθυμια , an intimate propensity to disorder, and says, that before nature was adorned with its present beautiful forms, it was inclined to confusion and deformity, and that from this habitude arises all the evil which happens in the world. Thus, when Chrysippus was asked whether diseases were to be ascribed to Divine providence, he replied that it was not the intention of nature that these things should happen; nor were they conformable to the will of the Author of nature and Parent of all good things; but that, in framing the world, some inconveniences had adhered by necessary consequence, to his Wise and useful plan. And though many questions may yet be asked, respecting a subject so mysterious as the permission of evil by the Supreme Being, this is a part of his counsels of which we can have no cognizance, unless he is pleased to reveal them; and as revelation is silent upon this subject, except generally, that all his acts, his permissive ones as well as others, are "wise, and just and good" we may rest assured, that beyond what is revealed, human wisdom in the present state can never penetrate
Ecclesiastes, Book of - Divers things are compared: the better things are a good name, sorrow, the rebuke of the Wise, the end of a thing, and wisdom. A 'poor Wise man' delivered a city by his wisdom, but he was forgotten. Wisdom has its advantages for this life, both to the Wise man himself and to others. The Wisest arrives as it were at a blank wall, beyond which all is unknown
Time - This is what astrologers claimed to discern: “Then the king said to the Wise men, which knew the times …” (Natural - These are the persons whom he terms the Wise, the scribes, the disputers of this world—men to whom the Gospel was a stumbling block and foolishness, 1 Corinthians 1:20 ; 1 Corinthians 1:23
Egypt - Egypt had a reputation as a place of wisdom, and Joseph appeals to this aura by calling on them to find a man "discerning and Wise" (Genesis 41:33 ). Of course, Joseph is the man they need, one of the Wise, those who know the way the world works in both a divine and a human sense
Rehoboam - ) It would have saved Rehoboam the loss of the majority of his kingdom, had he heeded his father's Wise old counselors (Proverbs 27:10), and shown the same conciliatory spirit in reply to Israel's embassy; but he forgot his father's proverb (Proverbs 15:1). Solomon in Ecclesiastes 2:19 expresses his misgiving as to Rehoboam, "who knoweth whether the man after me shall be a Wise man or a fool?" His folly was overruled by Jehovah to perform His prophecy by Ahijar unto Jeroboam
Prudence - This has been called ‘the distinctive principle of Christian asceticism’ (Gore); and this may be granted, with the proviso that such asceticism has nothing to do with self-appointed penances or mortifications, but only with the self-denial which Wise self-knowledge brings amid the inflow of life upon one. Augustine has defined it, ‘love making Wise distinction between what hinders and what helps itself’: it is a vivid commentary on the prayer, ‘Lead us not into temptation. That is the secret hid from the Wise and prudent and revealed unto babes (Luke 10:20-21)
Salvation - , Philippians 2:12 , where the special, though not the entire, reference is to the maintenance of peace and harmony; 1 Peter 1:9 ; this present experience on the part of believers is virtually equivalent to sanctification; for this purpose, God is able to make them Wise, 2 Timothy 3:15 ; they are not to neglect it, Hebrews 2:3 ; (d) of the future deliverance of believers at the Parousia of Christ for His saints, a salvation which is the object of their confident hope, e
Irony - ” Job was really saying that his so-called comforters were not as important or Wise as they thought they were
Joshua - But, with these small exceptions, an able commander, a Wise ruler, a faithful servant of the Lord, Joshua shines as a bright star among the noble worthies of Old Testament history
Knowledge - Watts, is obliged to learn and know every thing; this can neither be sought nor required, for it is utterly impossible: yet all persons are under some obligation to improve their own understanding, otherwise it will be a barren desert, or a forest overgrown with weeds and brambles. Do not imagine that large and laborious reading, and a strong memory, can denominate you truly Wise, without meditation and studious thought
Caesarius, of Nazianzus - This last-named science he studied, says his panegyrist, in such Wise as to gain the good without the evil—a remark readily intelligible to those who are aware how deeply a fatalistic astrology was at that period associated with the study of astronomy
Wisdom (1) - Thus it is said by Moses, that Pharaoh dealt Wisely with the Israelites, when he opposed them in Egypt, Exodus 1:10 ; it is observed of Jonadab; the friend of Ammon, and nephew of David, that he was very Wise, that is, very subtle and crafty, 2 Samuel 13:3 ; and Job 5:13 , says, that God "taketh the wine in their own craftiness
Seven - The slothful man thinks himself Wiser than seven men, that set forth proverbs, Proverbs 26:16 ; he thinks himself of more worth than many Wise men
Lunatics - A sounder philosophy has taught us, that, if there be any thing in it, it must be accounted for, not in the manner the ancients imagined, nor otherwise than by what the moon has in common with other heavenly bodies, occasioning various alterations in the gravity of our atmosphere, and thereby affecting human bodies. It evinced an intimate knowledge both of his person and character, which was hidden from the "wise and prudent" of the nation, the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees
Mock, Mocker, Mocking - A — 1: ἐμπαίζω (Strong's #1702 — Verb — empaizo — emp-aheed'-zo ) a compound of paizo, "to play like a child" (pais), "to sport, jest," prefixed by en, "in" or "at," is used only in the Synoptists, and, in every instance, of the "mockery" of Christ, except in Matthew 2:16 (there in the sense of deluding, or deceiving, of Herod by the Wise men) and in Luke 14:29 , of ridicule cast upon the one who after laying a foundation of a tower is unable to finish it
Nimrod - Babel, to Philo, is the soul of man; the confounded, confused, and scattered-abroad soul of man; and in his confused and scattered treatise we stumble on not a few things that are both Wise and deep and beautiful. 'Words are Wise men's counters; Wise men do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools. ' To prove that and to illustrate that, I had collected and arranged a table of Wise men's counters and fools' moneys, and had intended to take in that table here
Hussites - The dogma of Utraquism, introduced by Jacobellis von Mies, was never preached by Hus, who first thought it "wise not to introduce such an innovation without the approbation of the Church
Allegory - The allegory told by the Wise woman of Tekoa in 2 Samuel 14:4-7 similarly opened David's eyes to a new perspective and caused him to spare the life of Absalom
Wisdom, the, of Solomon, - Generally, too, it may be observed that, as in the cognate books, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, there are few traces of the recognition of the sinfulness even of the Wise man in his wisdom, which forms in the Psalms and the prophets, the basis of the Christian doctrine of the atonement: yet comp
Pastor - But the Lord's servants must not only be faithful, but prudent, discreet, and Wise
New Platonics - With regard to moral discipline, Ammonius permitted the people to live according to the law of their country, and the dictates of nature; but a more sublime rule was laid down for the Wise
Pledge - "Take his garment (saith the Wise man) that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman
Canon of Scripture - Surely God could make a revelation that would in no Wise need to have the seal of a body of men placed upon it, be they ever so holy
Drop - ) To fall, in general, literally or figuratively; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree; Wise words drop from the lips
Philosopher, Philosophy - ...
According to the advocates of another theory, the Wisest thing is to be ignorant of everything except what the senses or the higher affections teach. ...
These and other delusions prove how busy Satan is in using the mind of man to exalt man in his own eyes, and to lead him away from thescriptures, which alone are able to make Wise unto salvation
Naked - A sinner unawakened, unregenerated, hath nothing to clothe him against the calamities of the rain, and storm, and tempest of divine wrath; hence the whole of their corruption must appear; and how then, independent of every other consideration, can such an one enter the kingdom of God? "Here shall in no Wise enter into it" (saith the decided language of the word of God when describing the glories of heaven, and the characters that dwell there) "any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie
Utraquists - The dogma of Utraquism, introduced by Jacobellis von Mies, was never preached by Hus, who first thought it "wise not to introduce such an innovation without the approbation of the Church
School - The world is an excellent school to Wise men, but a school of vice to fools
Proclus, Saint Patriarch of Constantinople - He appears to have been Wise, moderate, and conciliatory, desirous, while strictly adhering to orthodoxy himself, to win over those who differed from him by persuasion rather than force
Treasure - Just as on earth the worldly-wise may lay up stores of wealth, so in the heavens the man who seeks after spiritual things may lay up for himself an eternal treasure. To win the true treasure a man must be in Christ; for He is the universal Man, the ideal of manhood, the only perfectly loving and Wise and true of all mankind
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In Job 32:9 , it is said, that the רבים , which we render "great men, are not always Wise;" a rendering which well expresses the original meaning of the word. The head of a school was called chacham, or Wise
Sanhedrin - The Wise counsel of Gamaliel caused the council to release the apostles with a beating and a warning (Acts 5:34-42 )
Prov'Erbs, Book of - 10-24 with the title "The Proverbs of Solomon," consist of three parts: (Proverbs 10:1-22 ; Proverbs 10:16 ) a collection of single proverbs and detached sentences out of the region of moral teaching and worldly prudence; (Proverbs 22:17-24 ; Proverbs 22:21 ) a more connected didactic poem, with an introduction, (Proverbs 22:17-22 ) which contains precepts of righteousness and prudence; (Proverbs 24:23-34 ) with the inscription "These also belong to the Wise," a collection of unconnected maxims, which serve as an appendix to the preceding
Humility - A Wise man cannot believe himself inferior to the ignorant multitude; nor the virtuous man that he is not so good as those whose lives are vicious
Meshach - " Daniel, when promoted to be chief governor over all the Wise men of Babylon and ruler over the whole province, remembered his three friends (contrast Genesis 40:23; Ecclesiastes 9:15-16; Amos 6:6); and at his request the king set them over the affairs of the province of Babylon (Ezekiel 4:13)
Elijah - All Israel had not forsaken Him, and-what was still more important-He had in no Wise forsaken Israel
Lying - It is likewise impossible to imagine His Revealer departing from the truth in word or deed. ‘All liars,’ ‘every one that loveth and maketh a lie,’ end the black list of the condemned (Revelation 21:8; Revelation 22:15), who shall not in any Wise enter the City of God (Revelation 21:27)
Joseph - "The story of his father's fondness, of his protest against sin among his brothers, of their jealous hostility and his prophetic dreams, of his sale by his brethren to Midianites and by them to Potiphar in Egypt, of the divine favor on his pure and prudent life, his imprisonment for three to twelve years for virtue's sake, his wonderful exaltation to power and his Wise use of it for the good of the nation, of his tender and reverent care of his father, his magnanimity to his brethren, and his faith in the future of God's chosen people, is one of the most pleasing and instructive in the Bible, and is related in language inimitably natural, simple, and touching
Scriptures - By Scriptures are specially and particularly meant the holy Scriptures, which are able to make us Wise unto salvation, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus
Ai - Victory did not lie in military strength or Wise leadership
Agnoetae - The orthodox who might from the Chalcedonian dogma of the two natures in Christ have inferred two kinds of knowledge a perfect Divine and an imperfect human admitting of growth (Luk_2:52) nevertheless rejected the view of the Agnoëtae as making too wide a rupture between the two natures and generally understood the famous passage in Mark of the official ignorance only inasmuch as Christ did not choose to reveal to His disciples the day of judgment and thus appeared ignorant for a Wise purpose (κατ᾿ οἰκονομίαν)
Dove - A nature purified by the Spirit of Christ will have Wise penetration enough to defeat all the wiles of Satan
Intercession of Christ - The end of Christ's intercession is not to remind the Divine Being of any thing which he would otherwise forget, nor to persuade him to any thing which he is not disposed to do; but it may serve to illustrate the holiness and majesty of the Father, and the wisdom and grace of the Son; not to say that it may have other unknown uses with respect to the inhabitants of the invisible world. Wise: he understands the nature of his work, and the wants of his people, John 2:25
Mischna - By these they were transmitted to the seventy elders; by them to the prophets, who communicated them to the men of the great sanhedrim, from whom the Wise men of Jerusalem and Babylon received them
Nation - 4:6 deals not with political and national identity but with religious unity, its wisdom, insight, righteous jurisprudence, and especially its nearness to God: “Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a Wise and understanding people
Antinomians - The Antinomians took their origin from John Agricola, about the year 1538, who taught that the law was in no Wise necessary under the Gospel; that good works do not promote our salvation, nor ill ones hinder it; that repentance is not to be preached from the decalogue, but only from the Gospel
Mishna - By these they were transmitted to the seventy elders; by them to the prophets, who communicated them to the men of the great sanhedrim, from whom the Wise men of Jerusalem and Babylon received them
Jesus - Wise men from the east came to Bethlehem to see him who was born "King of the Jews," bringing gifts with them (Matthew 2:1-12 )
Law - The whole code was adapted with consummated wisdom to the condition of the Jews, and has greatly influenced all Wise legislation in later years
Joseph (2) - In Bethlehem the Wise Men who had come from the East saw Mary and ‘the young child’ and worshipped Him; and after their departure the angel of the Lord appeared again to Joseph, bidding him take Mary and the child and flee into Egypt on account of Herod, who would seek to destroy Him (Matthew 2:13). Jewish law required that the body of a person who had been executed should not remain all night upon the tree, but should ‘in any Wise’ be buried (Deuteronomy 21:22-23). But which of the relatives of Jesus had a sepulchre in Jerusalem where His body might be placed? Joseph, wishing the burial not to be ‘in any Wise’ (cf
Ecclesiastes - We may perhaps gather that he was in a high station of life, for otherwise his very unorthodox reflexions could hardly have escaped oblivion. Ecclesiastes 12:11-12 is a postscript by the ‘wise man,’ and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 by the pious man. The untroubled orthodoxy of the pious man who corrected what he thought was wrong, the moral aphorisms of the ‘wise man,’ and the Weltschmerz of Koheleth with his longing for light, were each examples of the state of thought of the time. They corresponded to the three classes of men in 1 Corinthians 1:20 the ‘scribe’ (who clung faithfully to his accepted traditions), the ‘wise man,’ and the ‘searcher of this world
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The first thing in which Daniel's great qualities all come out is his so Wise and so noble self-control and self-denial at the king's table. He who of those delights can judge, and spareTo interpose them oft, is not unwise-Belteshazzar would say on occasion to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, just as our English Daniel said in his fine sonnet toLawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son. But the truly philosophic temper that Daniel exhibited among the Wise men of Babylon is still the true and Wise temper for us all among the studies and the speculations and the scepticisms of our more learned, more scientific, and more speculative day. It was the largeness, and the expansiveness, and the hospitality of Daniel's fine mind, all combined with his extraordinary nobility and beauty of character, that gave Daniel such an unparalleled position in the court of Chaldea, and which has gained for Daniel such a famous and such a proverbial name in all subsequent literature, Ezekiel, a contemporary prophet, has heard so much of the wisdom of Daniel, that, to a proud enemy of Israel, he exclaims in irony: Thou art Wiser than Daniel! We see the popular belief about Daniel strikingly illustrated also in the Apocryphal addition that was made to the Book of Daniel by its Greek translator and editor, and which was called the story of Susannah and the judgment of Daniel, And we are gratified to read in our own tongue a tribute to the same noble tradition in Shylock's exclamation;-...
A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel!O Wise young judge, how I do honour thee!The prophet Daniel became a great proficient both in penitential and in intercessory prayer also as the years went on
Proverbs, Book of - In this book God has furnished, through the Wisest of men, principles and precepts for the guidance and security of the believer in passing through the temptations to which he is exposed in an evil world. The proverbs vary in style: some are antithetical couplets, one being the opposite of the other, as "a Wise son maketh a glad father; but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. )...
Four things that are weak, yet Wise
Celsus, Polemical Adversary of Christianity - "What evil is it," he asks, "to be learned and to have cultivated the intellect with the best pursuits, to be and to appear Wise? What obstacle are these things to the knowledge of God? Do not they rather lead and assist to the attainment of truth?" Nor had that similarity between the human and the animal frame, which the natural science of our own day insists upon, escaped his notice. He treats Moses and the Jewish Scriptures with a contempt which amusingly contrasts with the uncritical reverence which he pays to the Galactophagi of Homer, the Druids, and the Getae, whom he terms "wise and ancient nations" (i
Mammon - Jesus ‘warns them that it is impossible to be at once high-minded and just and Wise, and to comply with the accustomed forms of human society, seek power, wealth, or empire, either from the idolatry of habit, or as the direct instruments of sensual gratification’ (Shelley). Instead of serving God and mammon alike, he is to use mammon Wisely in the interests of his relation to God and the heavenly Kingdom, the wisdom consisting in the practice of charity (cf. Thus the use of mammon brings out two elements in the teaching of Jesus upon money—(a) the need of administering it Wisely, and (b) the essentially inferior and even irrelevant position of money in the religious life. At best, then, it is a means, not an end, for the Christian, and a means which demands care and conscience for its Wise employment, lest life degenerate into the mercenary and narrowing spirit which devotes itself to what Bacon called ‘a Sabbathless pursuit of fortune,’ a culpable love of acquisition and material goods, and an insidious appetite for self-gratification which deadens the higher faculties of the soul and stunts the instinct of self-sacrifice. written during 1818) said that Luke 16:8 would form a suitable motto for a collection of Machiavelli’s most weighty aphorisms, by some vigorous mind, in order to illustrate thereby the ‘present triumph of lawless violence’ as due to the imprudent neglect of such worldly-wise maxims
Omnipresence - Otherwise there would be no revelation, we do not say of the modus,  (for that is confessedly incomprehensible,) but of the fact. There must therefore be constantly present, all over the earth, a most Wise, mighty, and good Being, the author and director of these motions. ...
The fire which warms us knows nothing of its serviceableness to this purpose, nor of the Wise laws according to which its particles are moved to produce this effect. That huge globe of fire in the heavens, which we call the sun, and on the light and influences of which the fertility of our world, and the life and pleasure of all animals, depend, knows nothing of its serviceableness to these purposes, nor of the Wise laws according to which its beams are dispensed, nor what place or motions were requisite for these beneficial purposes. Could blind, thoughtless particles thus continually keep on their way, through numberless windings, without once blundering, if they were not guided by an unerring hand? Can the most perfect human skill from earth and water form one grain, much more a variety of beautiful and relishing fruits? Must not the directing mind, who does all this constantly, be most Wise, mighty, and benevolent? Must not the Being who thus continually exerts his skill and energy around us, for our benefit, be confessed to be always present and concerned for our welfare? Can these effects be ascribed to any thing below an all-wise and almighty cause? And must not this cause be present wherever he acts? Were God to speak to us every month from heaven, and with a voice loud as thunder declare that he observes, provides for, and governs us; this would not be a proof, in the judgment of sound reason, by many degrees so valid: since much less wisdom and power are required to form such sounds in the air, than to produce these effects; and to give, not merely verbal declarations, but substantial evidences of his presence and care over us
Pagan - The Cynics, on the contrary, taught that pleasure is an evil and that the truly Wise man is above human laws
Paganism - The Cynics, on the contrary, taught that pleasure is an evil and that the truly Wise man is above human laws
Nail - Isaiah 41:7; "fastened (the idol) with nails" to keep it steady in its place! Jeremiah 10:4; 1 Chronicles 22:3; 2 Chronicles 3:9, where the "fifty shekels of gold" were to gild the nails fastening the sheet gold on the wainscoting; Ecclesiastes 12:11, "words of the Wise are as nails fastened (by) the master of assemblies," rather "the masters" or "associates in the collection (of the canonical Scriptures), i
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A prophet, who had "understanding in the seeing of God," in the time of Uzziah, who was much indebted to him for his Wise counsel (2 Chronicles 26:5 )
Heart - We read of men Wise in heart, and slow of heart
Festus - ...
Josephus evidently regards Festus as a Wise and righteous official, affording an agreeable contrast to Albinus, his successor, of whom he says that ‘there was not any sort of wickedness that could be named but he had a hand in it’ (Bellum Judaicum (Josephus) II
Meats - The latter might freely but and eat without guilt, since meat is in no Wise injured as an article of food by being offered to an idol; yet whenever others would be scandalized, pained, or led into sin by this course, even they were required by the laws of Christian charity and prudence to abstain, Romans 14:20-231 Corinthians 8:1-13 10:19-33 Titus 1:15
Purification - Men instinctively felt that those mysterious presences which surround man were dangerous forces, and that both in approaching and leaving them a Wise ritual of restrictions was necessary
Maximus of Ephesus - Chrysanthius trembled, and refused to go; the more ambitious Maximus declared it unworthy of a Wise man to yield to the first adverse sign, and went
Serpent - In Matthew 10:16 our Lord charges His disciples, ‘Be ye Wise as serpents’ (φρόνιμοι ὡς οἱ ὄφεις)
Lois And Eunice - "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands, that if any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word, be won by the conversation of the wives, while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee Wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. " "Wise unto salvation. When, as he grew in wisdom, she would show him how all those great men of his mother's and his grandmother's Scriptures became Wise unto salvation. Especially Solomon, who was in everything, except his salvation, the Wisest of them all. How hard it is, but how heavenly good it is, to look continually at ourselves as householders in this glass of God that stands at this moment shining before us and searching us! How Wise unto salvation it will yet make both ourselves and our households, if we will lay up in our hearts and practise in our lives the lessons even of this one Scripture we have had from the God of families tonight. I will behave myself Wisely in a perfect way
Swedenborgians - It is lastly maintained, on this subject, that the sacred Scripture, or word of God, is the only medium of communication and conjunction between God and man, and is likewise the only source of all genuine truth and knowledge respecting God, his kingdom, and operation, and the only sure guide for man's understanding, in whatever relates to his spiritual or eternal concerns. This rule is taught to be simply this: to shun all known evils as sins against God, and at the same time to love, to cherish, and to practise whatsoever is Wise, virtuous, and holy, as being most agreeable to the will of God, and to the spirit of his precepts. It is added, that when man has done the work of repentance, by shunning his hereditary evils as sins against God, he ought to set himself to the practice of what is Wise and good by a faithful, diligent, and conscientious discharge of all the duties of his station; by which means his mind is preserved from a return of the power of disorder, and kept in the order of heaven, and the fulfilment of the great law of charity. It is insisted farther, that man, according to his life in the world, takes up his eternal abode, either with angels of light, or with the spirits of darkness; with the former, if he is Wise to live according to the precepts of God's holy word; or with the latter, if, through folly and transgression, he rejects the counsel and guidance of the Most High
Magi - Used as a plural word it denotes the ‘ Wise men ’ of Matthew 2:1-23 (see the RVm Sibylline Oracles -  333-334), unable to accept (a), since σιός is Laconian, not aeolic, and since the loss of an accented syllable is unlikely, prefers the roots σιβ-υλο-γα (the feminine suffix) = ‘the Wise (little) woman,’ the suffix -υλο being used in a diminutive sense, and σιβ- being connected with sap, ‘to be Wise. 109), who connect σιβ with a primitive Italian sabus or sabius, ‘wise’; but there is no trace of this Italian term as the origin of the diminutive, and ‘Sibulla’ does not seem to occur in any Italian dialect. ...
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All, Good, Goodness - A Wise ruler like Solomon, or indeed anyone who wants to obey God, needs the wisdom to tell good from evil (1 Kings 3:9 ; Hebrews 5:14 )
Fool, Foolishness, And Folly - Translations of several uncomplimentary words which appear approximately 360 times throughout the Old and New Testaments to describe unwise and ungodly people. ” The picture which emerges from the biblical material is quite simple: folly is the opposite of wisdom, and a fool is the opposite of a Wise person
Destruction - Paul’s writings for ‘a detailed theory on this most awe-inspiring of all subjects,’ and it is proper for us to note ‘the “wise Agnosticism” (the phrase is Dr
Strife - 25:8-9 admonishes the Wise to “debate thy cause with thy neighbor” when that neighbor has “put thee to shame
Bless - Thus Moses instructed Aaron, and his descendants, to bless the congregation, "In this Wise shall ye bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face to shine upon thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace," Numbers 4:23
the Unmerciful Servant - And then after telling Peter and all the Twelve this story of Cæsar and his degraded and imprisoned procurator, our Lord added this application to the story-So likewise shall My Heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your heart forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. As Peter afterwards said, Lord to whom shall I flee but unto Thee? Who shall shelter me and my unforgiving heart but Thee! Who can justify a man like me, both now and at the last account, but Thee and Thy Heavenly Father in Thee! Likewise also say all His disciples. It was an excellent saying of one of the seven Wise men of Greece, who, when he was asked what would rid the world of injuries, answered:-"When the bystanders shall resent an injury as keenly as he does who suffers the injury. That would largely banish all injury from among ourselves, if we would all do what that Wise man of Greece advised, and what those fellow-servants actually did. Keep well in mind, my brethren, what the Wise man said, when you see any man or any cause truculently attacked by tongue or by pen
Presentation - There is hardly time for the visit of the Wise Men, the Flight into Egypt, and the Return thence, between the Birth of Christ and His Presentation in the Temple; moreover, a public service at Jerusalem would have been fraught with danger after the inquiries of the Magi had aroused the jealous fears of Herod. But neither is there any need for supposing that the Wise Men’s visit came so soon after the Nativity. Mary’s availing herself of the permission, as a poor woman, to offer the two doves instead of the costlier lamb is not consistent with the idea that the gold offered by the Wise Men was at her disposal: while St. ]'> 110): ‘Hidden from the prince of this world were the virginity of Mary, and her child-bearing, and likewise also the death of the Lord—three mysteries to be cried aloud—the which were wrought in the silence of God’ (ad Ephes
Winter - The ‘wise men. Thus the designation of Matthew 23:34, ‘prophets and Wise men and scribes,’ is seen to be Historically correct, as against the modified form of Luke 11:49 (‘prophets and apostles’; cf. The present discussion will confine itself to the NT use of the two conceptions of wisdom: (A) as the inspired message of God through the ‘wise men’ (hăkhâmîm); (B) as the Divine Spirit itself, resident in Jesus, and manifested in His life as well as in His teaching. Romans 11:33); otherwise it is referred to only as an endowment like that of Joseph (Song of Solomon 9:10 f. These verses (Matthew 11:20-24) are otherwise placed by Lk. ) again relate to the wisdom of Jesus which is delivered to Him (παρεδόθη μοι) by His Father (in contrast with the παράδοσις of the scribes, Mark 7:13), and, though hid from the Wise, is revealed to the ‘little ones
Resurrection - The resurrection of the just to reward and the unjust to punishment resolved the otherwise meaningless existence for those who followed Yahweh during times of persecution. ...
Psalm 49 points out that all die, the "wise" and the "fool" alike. Even though theodicy is not directly in view, at the core of the psalm is a proclamation of God's justice, which is dispensed to the fool and the Wise person after death. The Wise follower of Yahweh is triumphant: "But God will redeem my life from the grave, for he will surely take me to himself" (v. Those who are Wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever
Violence - ...
Wisdom use of the term correlates with the indictments of the prophets; one of the words of the Wise counseled against plundering the poor because he is poor (Proverbs 22:22 ; cf. ...
Verbal violence is, likewise, included in the scope of this term; Israel confessed in Isaiah's day that she was guilty of speaking oppression (Isaiah 59:13 ; cf. In a context where it is paired with bribery, Qoheleth asserts that "oppression" makes a Wise person mad (Ecclesiastes 7:7 )
Existence of God - , in a manner different from and contrary to the carnal policy of those concerned; and especially the strangely similiar but diversified erection, preservation, and government of the Jewish and Christian churches: who, I say, can consider all these things, and not acknowledge the existence of a Wise, merciful, and good God, who governs the world, and every thing in it?" ...
5. It is impossible that these predictions, which were so exactly fulfilled in their respective periods, and of the fulfilment of which there are at present thousands of demonstrative and sensible documents in the world, could proceed from any but an all-seeing and infinitely Wise God. The Wisest of men never made the attempt
Lord's Name Taken in Vain - Nor is it thus common with the vulgar only, but with those who call themselves Wise, humane, and moral
Proverbs - ...
Two shorter sections collect together sayings from various other Wise men
Pharisees - They therefore thought it Wise not to oppose the Christians, lest they oppose a movement that had God’s approval (Acts 5:34-39)
Samar'Itans - 721, and in our Lord's time, the name was applied to a peculiar people whose origin was in this Wise
Heir - If there were no sons it went to the daughters, on condition that they married in their own tribe; otherwise they forfeited the inheritance (Numbers 27:8 ff; Numbers 36:6 ff). Houses in walled towns (not in unwalled villages, as being connected with the land) and movables could be alienated for ever; a Wise law, essential to progress and marking the superiority of Jewish legislation to that of most nations
Ignorance (2) - The case of the Pharisees was particularly hopeless, because, being ignorant, they thought themselves Wise: ‘If ye were blind , ye would have no sin; but now ye say, We see: your sin remaineth’ (John 9:41)
Necessity - Man is a necessary agent, if all his actions be so determined by the causes preceding each action, that not one past action could possibly not have come to pass, or have been otherwise than it hath been, nor one future action can possibly not come to pass, or be otherwise than it shall be. That it is not a gloomy doctrine, they allege, because nothing can be more consolatory than to believe that all things are under the direction of an all-wise Being; that his kingdom ruleth over all, and that he doth all things well
Martyr - The martyrdom, therefore, of so many Wise and good men, taken with a view of the whole system of Christianity, will certainly afford something considerable in its favour
Take Away - 1:5: “A Wise man will hear, and will increase learning
Canaan; Canaanite - 21:27: “And there shall in no Wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie …” (cf
Need, Needs, Needful - , "to supply that which needed in each case;" so Westcott, who adds "The need represents a gap in the life which the Wise word 'builds up,' fills up solidly and surely
God - Paul eloquently exclaims: ‘O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!’ (Romans 11:33), and ascribes glory ‘to the only Wise God,’ i. to God who alone is Wise (Romans 16:27; the same phrase occurs in some Manuscripts of 1 Timothy 1:17, but ‘wise’ is there an interpolation)
Language - On this subject the remarks of Delaney are conclusive: "That God made man a sociable creature, does not need to be proved; and that when he made him such, he withheld nothing from him that was in any Wise necessary for his well being in society, is a clear consequence from the wisdom and goodness of God; and if he withheld nothing any way necessary to his well being, much less would he withhold from him that which is the instrument of the greatest happiness a reasonable creature is capable of in this world. And therefore, as certain as it can be, that man was made perfect and happy, and that God is Wise and good; so certain is it, that, when Adam and Eve were formed, they were immediately enabled by God to converse and communicate their thoughts, in all the perfection of language necessary to all the ends of their creation
Stars - The magicians and soothsayers of the Book of Daniel were a similar class, to which belonged the Magi or Wise men who had seen the star which heralded the birth of the King of the Jews ( Matthew 2:1-2 )
Conscience - The examples of Wise and good men may become rules of conscience: but here it must be observed, that no example or judgment is of any authority against law: where the law is doubtful, and even where there is no doubt, the side of example cannot be taken till enquiry has been first made concerning what the law directs
Foreknowledge - The brothers intended to harm him, but God knew that many lives would be saved through Joseph's Wise planning (50:20)
Ass - ...
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"The 'ass' is the only animal that man is compared to: see Job 11:12, "For vain man would be Wise, though man be born a wild ass's colt
Famine - " (Hosea 3:4-5) But let not the reader close up his view of this spiritual famine as it relates to the Jews, without going farther, and enquiring whether the threatening may not belong equally to the Gentile church? yea, and whether it is not now in the present hour accomplishing in the earth? Is there not a famine of hearing the word of the Lord in numberless places which are called Christian countries, as well as idolatrous lands? Are there not multitudes who call themselves after Christ, but yet know no more of him than the name? Yea, to come nearer home, are there not villages and country places in this kingdom where the spiritual famine prevails, notwithstanding our land is called, a land of Bibles, and societies for disseminating the word of God are every where opening? Alas! while the grand and distinguishing principles of the faith of Christ are so openly and impudently denied; while God the Father's gracious purposes in the gift of salvation by his dear Son, is thought nothing of; while the GODHEAD of Christ, and redemption wholly by his blood, is daringly opposed; and while the person, work, and influence of God the Holy Ghost is not made the very foundation of a sinner's hope, in reading the sacred word to make Wise unto salvation; while these things are kept in the back ground, and the object with many in teaching is but to introduce a flimsy system of morality to supply the place of vital godliness, is there not still a famine, yea, with many, with the Bible in their hand? Pious regenerated Christians see this, and find cause to mourn in secret over it; while they can only pray the Lord to take away the reproach of our land, and remove this spiritual famine from our people
Bible - So then, by Bible is meant the Book, the Book of God, the only Book of God, including the holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, and no other; for these and these alone, are "able to make Wise unto salvation, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus
Inherit - Thus, “the Wise shall inherit  glory” (See, Perceive - When Joseph advised Pharaoh “to look out a man discreet and Wise,” he was telling him to choose or select such a man (Poetry, Hebrew - The utterer of sententious sayings was to the Hebrews the Wise man, the philosopher
Book - As these barks were rolled up, to be more readily carried about, the united rolls were called volumen, a volume; a name given likewise to rolls of paper or of parchment. The ancients wrote like-wise on linen
Profession - (1) In the general sense of professing or avowing something we have φάσκειν (‘professing themselves to be Wise, they became fools,’ Romans 1:22) and ἐπαγγέλλεσθαι (‘which becometh women professing godliness,’ 1 Timothy 2:10; ‘they profess that they know God,’ Titus 1:16)
Vengeance (2) - He warned the Twelve, as He sent them out on their mission (Matthew 10), that they would suffer hatred, persecution, even death, for His sake; and charged them to be, in the midst of wolves, ‘wise as serpents and harmless as doves’ (Matthew 10:16), in the endurance of their sufferings to have no fear, but to rely on God. But, on the other hand, the moral sense which God has implanted in us, and which He has strengthened by His revelation of Himself, could not rest satisfied unless it were assured that evil shall not go unpunished, that unrepented wrong shall receive its due reward from an all-wise and, let us add, an all-loving God
Omniscience - "...
In Psalms 94, the knowledge of God is argued from the communication of it to men: "Understand, ye brutish among the people; and, ye fools, when will ye be Wise? He that planteth the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that chastiseth the Heathen, shall not he correct? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?" This argument is as easy as it is conclusive, obliging all who acknowledge a First Cause, to admit his perfect intelligence, or to take refuge in atheism itself. We know, likewise, that these are perfections, and that to have them is better than to be without them. If God gives wisdom to the Wise, and knowledge to men of understanding; if he communicates this perfection to his creatures, the inference must be that he himself is possessed of it in a much more eminent degree than they; that his knowledge is deep and intimate, reaching to the very essence of things, theirs but slight and superficial; his clear and distinct, theirs confused and dark; his certain and infallible, theirs doubtful and liable to mistake; his easy and permanent, theirs obtained with much pains, and soon lost again by the defects of memory or age; his universal and extending to all objects, theirs short and narrow, reaching only to some few things, while that which is wanting cannot be numbered; and therefore, as the heavens are higher than the earth, so, as the prophet has told us, are his ways above our ways, and his thoughts above our thoughts. For all things being not only present to him, but also entirely depending upon him, and having received both their being itself, and all their powers and faculties from him; it is manifest that, as he knows all things that are, so he must likewise know all possibilities of things, that is, all effects that can be. Not only on this subject does the manner in which the Scriptures state the doctrine far transcend that of the Wisest Pagan theists; but the moral of the sentiment is infinitely more comprehensive and impressive
Philosophy - One man among all is distinguished among the Jews as "the Wise man". The happiness at which the Wise man aims is to be found, he said, not in momentary gratification, but in life-long pleasure. (1 Corinthians 1:22-24 ) But it was otherwise with eastern speculation, which penetrated more deeply through the mass of the people
Joab - ...
Joab next, by the Wise woman of Tekoa and her parable, induced the king to restore Absalom, which Joab saw was David's own wish, though justice constrained him to severity. Joab so effectively besieged Abel of Beth Maachah that the townsmen were glad to save their town by sacrificing Sheba, throwing his head, at the suggestion of a Wise woman in the town, over the wall to Joab
Sanballat - Sanballat hated Nehemiah and plotted against him; and Nehemiah, not yet being Jesus Christ, nor one of His disciples, retaliated on Sanballat and on Samaria in a way that sadly stains the otherwise spotless pages of his noble book. Who, then, is a Wise man, and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew, out of a good conversation, his works with meekness of wisdom. ...
Who, then, is a Wise man, and endued with wisdom among you? Who would fain be such a man? Who would fain at once and for ever extinguish out of his heart this fire from hell? Who would behave to his rivals and enemies, not as Nehemiah, good man though he was, behaved to the Samaritans, but as Jesus Christ behaved to them? Who, in one word, would escape the sin, and the misery, and the long-lasting mischief of party spirit? Butler has an inimitable way of saying some of his very best and very deepest things. ' What a lamp to our feet is that sentence as we go through this world! As we travel from home and go abroad; as we see other nations with their own habits and their own manners; as we see other churches at their worship; as we read other men's books, and speeches, and newspapers, and they ours; as we encounter other men's principles, and prejudices, and habits of mind, and life and heart-what a light to our path are Butler's Wise words! And till we come, in God's spirit of truth, and humility, and love, to take every other man's place and point of view, till we look at all things, and especially at ourselves, with all other men's eyes, and ears, and hearts
Thieves - Then he said to Jesus, "Lord remember me": he might have said, Lord save me from this agonizing cross, as the other said in taunt; but recognizing him as "Lord" by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3), he leaves the mode of blessing for the All-wise and Loving One to decide
Jachin And Boaz - Over this were hung festoon-wise two wreaths of bronze pomegranates, each row containing 100 pomegranates, of which it is probable that four were fixed to the network, while the remaining 96 hung free (see Jeremiah 52:23 )
Bar-Jesus - It is the Greek form of an Arab word alîm meaning ‘wise,’ and ὁ μάγος (‘the sorcerer,’ Authorized Version and Revised Version ) is its translation
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"I appeal to any man of reason whether any thing can be more unreasonable than obstinately to impute an effect to chance, which carries in the very face of it all the arguments and characters of a Wise design and contrivance
Fool - Let these childishly (1 Corinthians 3:1; 1 Corinthians 3:3) ‘wise’ become ‘fools’ that they may gain the wisdom of the childlike (1 Corinthians 3:18-23). The epithet may have been applied on account of the ‘foolishness’ of the preaching (7); the contrast, however, with the φρόνιμοι ἐν Χριστῷ, prudentes in Christo, suggests that the reference is to the worldly-wiseman’s view of the sanctified ‘abandon’ of St
Glory - (Matthew 6:28-29) And hence that gracious precept of the Lord by the prophet: "Thus saith the Lord, Let not the Wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, saith the Lord
Nerva - His task at home was nevertheless one of very great difficulty, and he was Wisely guided in adopting Trajan (q. Other Wise and beneficent legal provisions are attributed to him
Paulinus, Missionary to Northumbria - He promised to allow the princess and her suite entire freedom in their religious worship, and even that he himself would adopt her faith, if his Wise men should consider it right and just
Magic, Divination, And Sorcery - This explains the increasing severity with whic magic and divination are regarded in Scripture; nevertheless we find it recorded, without any adverse comment, that Daniel was made head of the ‘wise men’ of Babylon although these included magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and ‘Chaldæans’ ( Daniel 2:2 ; Daniel 2:48 ); and that the Wise men ( Matthew 2:1 ) were magi . Daniel 2:48 , where Daniel is made chief of ten Wise men who included astrologers (cf. Genesis 41:8 , where the Wise men, who appear to have been astrologers, were met by God in their darkness, and led to the infant Saviour Divination - "...
Daniel was made "master of the magicians" (Daniel 5:11); chokmim , Wise men, our wizards (Exodus 7:11);" sorcerers" (mekaskphim ), "mutterers of magic formulae" (Isaiah 47:9-12). In Egypt books containing magic formulae belonged exclusively to the king, the priests and Wise men, who formed a college, being called in by Pharaoh when needful. ...
Divination by rods is alluded to in Hosea 4:12, "their staff declareth unto them"; a rod stripped of bark on one side, not on the other, was thrown up; if the bore side alighted uppermost it was a good omen, otherwise a bad omen
Hopkinsians - That the infinitely Wise and holy God has exerted his omnipotent power in such a manner as he purposed should be followed with the existence and entrance of moral evil into the system. Nothing can be more dishonourable to God than to imagine that the system which is actually formed by the divine hand, and which was made for his pleasure and glory, is yet not the fruit of Wise contrivance and design. For the wisdom and power of the Deity are displayed in carrying on designs of the greatest good; and the existence of moral evil has undoubtedly occasioned a more full, perfect, and glorious discovery of the infinite perfections of the divine nature, than could otherwise have been made to the view of creatures. God was pleased to make a constitution, that, if Adam remained holy through his state of trial, his posterity should in consequence be holy also; but if he sinned, his posterity should in consequence be sinners likewise
Simple, Simplicity - Over against these worldly ‘wise and understanding’ people Jesus sets the ‘babes’—those who, less Wise in their generation than the children of the world (cf
Polytheism - Under the government of a Wise and benevolent Deity, chance is excluded, and every event appears to be the result of established laws. Other objects, however, from which benefits were received or dangers feared, would likewise be deified; such as demons, departed heroes, &c. Professing themselves Wise, they became fools, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is God, blessed for ever, " Romans 1:20-22 ; Romans 1:25
Foundation - The figurative use of θεμέλιος goes back to our Lord’s Parable of the Wise Builder-ὅς ἕσκαψε καὶ ἐβάθυνε, καὶ ἕθηκε θεμέλιον ἐπὶ τὴν πέτραν-‘who digged and went deep and laid a foundation upon the rock’ (Luke 6:48). Paul writes: ὡς σοφὸς ἀρχιτέκτων θεμέλιον ἕθηκα, ‘as a Wise master-builder, I laid a foundation’ (1 Corinthians 3:10), and again: θεμέλιον γὰρ ἅλλον οὐδεὶς δύναται θεῖναι παρὰ τὸν κείμενον ὅς ἐστιν Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, ‘for other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ’ (1 Corinthians 3:11 Revised Version )
Wonders - Jesus used the conjoined terms twice in His recorded sayings—once when He foretold that false prophets would come and ‘show great signs and wonders’ (Mark 13:22,Matthew 24:24), and once when He complained that the people demanded such things of Him before they would have faith in Him—‘Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no Wise believe’ (John 4:48)
Miletus - … Illustrious persons, natives of Miletus, were Thales, one of the seven Wise men, his disciple Anaximander, and Anaximander the disciple of Anaximander
James, Epistle of - ' A Wise man will show his works out of a good conversation with meekness of wisdom
Bethesda - And all that come, the Lord himself saith, "he will in no Wise cast out
Think, Devise - The foolish person, when he holds his peace, is “counted” as Wise (Proverbs - The sayings of the seven Wise men, the golden verses of Pythagoras, the remains of Theognis and Phocylides, if genuine, and the gnomai of the older poets, testify the prevalence of aphorisms in ancient Greece. ...
Proverbs, in the Hebrew language, are called meshalim, which is derived from a verb signifying both "to rule," "to have dominion," and "to compare" "to liken," "to assimilate: " hence the term denotes the highly figurative and poetical style in general, and likewise those compendious and authoritative sentences in particular which are commonly denominated proverbs
Keep - Let youth keep company with the Wise and good
Moses - Here he married Zipporah, daughter of the Wise and pious Jethro, and became familiar with life in the desert
Genesis - When the entire region was devastated by a famine, his Wise administration saved the nation (37:1-41:57)
Prince (2) - Otherwise it is almost invariably translated ‘governor,’ and, in particular, is used to denote the Roman governor or procurator. The description of Bethlehem as ‘in no Wise least among the princes of Judah’ is perplexing in view of Micah 5:2) from which the quotation is taken
the Man Which Sowed Good Seed in His Field But His Enemy Came And Sowed Tares Among the Wheat - For, what that husbandman knew not about his field when he bore himself so Wisely beside it, he will know when the harvest is the end of the world, and when the reapers are the angels. Occasions and opportunities when the discretion, and the patience, and the long-faith of this Wise-hearted husbandman, will be memorable and will be set before us for our imitation and our repetition. For, even when the wheat-field was all covered with real, and not doubtful, tares, the Wise husbandman still held in the hands of his indignant and devoted servants. We must act like this Wise husbandman; we must take our history, and our biography, and our politics, and our art, and our law, and our criticism, and our morning and evening and weekly newspapers, as they are-tares and all
Paul as a Preacher - Paul is henceforth debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians; both to the Wise, and to the unwise. But if we fall into the hands of a Wise man and a sound and skilful physician, he at once takes in the whole seriousness of our case
Docetism - 16) uses the argument shewing his belief in the inspiration of the gospels that Matthew might have said "the birth of Jesus was in this Wise," but that the Holy Spirit foreseeing and guarding against the depravation of the truth said by Matthew "the birth of Christ was on this Wise
Glory - As applying to man may be quoted, ‘the Wise shall inherit glory ’ ( Proverbs 3:35 ). Est 15:7); otherwise it is uniformly rendered ‘glory
Astrology - Some writers have suggested that the term "Chaldean, " used to describe the Wise men of Babylon who acted as astrologers, had actually been written galdu, "astrologers, " by Daniel, but later on was transcribed incorrectly as kaldu, since by then Chaldea (mat Kaldu ) had become known as the place where they flourished
Walk - Furthermore, they should walk, not as unwise but as Wise, making the most of the time because the days are evil
Judging (by Men) - Men must form an opinion not only of the quality of deeds, but also of those who do them, if there is to be the prudent and Wise action in our necessary relations to others, which shall be best for us and for them
Primacy - This may be inferred from that renown which he hath had from the beginning; and likewise from his being so constantly ranked in the first place before the rest of his brethren. It was indeed most requisite that every apostle should have a complete, absolute, independent authority in managing the duties and concerns of the office, that he might not any Wise be obstructed in the discharge of them, not clogged with a need to consult others, not hampered with orders from those who were at a distance. Peter had been appointed sovereign of the church, it seems that it should have been requisite that he should have outlived all the apostles; for otherwise, the church would have wanted a head, or there must have been an inextricable controversy who that head was
Bless - The Levitical benediction is based on this order: “On this Wise ye shall bless the children of Israel … the Lord bless thee … and they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them” (Tree - ...
Proverbs 15:4 (a) Good talk and Wise words certainly do bring the blessings that a tree of life would bring
Ethelbert, King of Kent - Among the many "good services which he rendered to his people," Bede reckons those "dooms" or decrees which, "after the example of the Romans, he framed with the consent of his Wise men," and among which he first of all set down what satisfaction ( bôt ) was to be made by any one who robbed the church, the bishop, or the clergy
Belshazzar - His last and most heinous offence was the profanation of the sacred vessels belonging to the temple of Jerusalem, which his Wise grandfather, and even his foolish father Evil Merodach, had respected
Grape - The Wise son of Sirach says, "I waked up last of all, as one that gleaneth after grape gatherers. It is likewise a vine
Theodotion, Otherwise Theodotus - Theodotion, otherwise Theodotus (so Suidas s. He proves at least that he diligently consulted the original, and often shews a Wise discretion in forbearing to translate a word whose meaning cannot be determined, or for which the Greek language has no equivalent
Magi - MAGI (μάγοι, Authorized Version and Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 ‘wise men’). But the language of the Evangelist is ‘too indefinite, and perhaps intentionally too indefinite, to justify any decision’ (Trench, Star of the Wise Men, p. Hence the source whence the Magi derived their inference that a king of the Jews was born may well have been the Jews of the Diaspora, whose tenets would doubtless be known to the Wise men of the lands in which they sojourned. Pfleiderer and Cheyne maintain that the star, the worship of the Wise men, and the persecution of the Holy Child have many prototypes in tales concerning heroes of old, and belong to a pre-Christian international myth of the Redeemer (Pfleiderer, Early Christian Conception of Christ; Cheyne, Bible Problems); on which it may be remarked that although striking parallels can undoubtedly be produced, yet resemblances do not necessarily presuppose an imitation
Divination - We read of it first in Genesis 41:8 , when Pharaoh called for all the magicians, chartummim, of Egypt and the Wise men, to interpret his dream. WIZARD, from yiddeoni, 'a knowing, Wise one
Guilt - If a person cannot resolve these guilt feelings before God, it may be Wise to seek a counselor to help determine where the guilt feelings originate
Unwritten Sayings - The first series of these, published in 1897, contained some sayings that have Gospel parallels, but the following strike a note of their own:...
‘Jesus saith, Except ye fast to the world, ye shall in no Wise find the kingdom of God; and except ye make the sabbath a real sabbath, ye shall not see the Father
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The idea of "be attached to" and "love" comes from hasaq [ Genesis 2:9 ) and the tree forbidden to Adam, which became sinful when "desired" to make one Wise (Genesis 3:6 )
Exaltation - According to Proverbs 14:34 "righteousness exalts a nation"; the days of David and Solomon were characterized by just and Wise decisions that contributed to the peace and prosperity of their realms
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As to their moral qualities, they were devout and holy; faithful to Christ and the souls of men; Wise and prudent; of great liberality and kindness; and strenuous advocates for liberty, civil and religious
Water (2) - ) It is also used as a symbol of the smallest service: ‘Whosoever shall give unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no Wise lose his reward’ (Matthew 10:42 || Mark 9:41)
Hosea - " The prophecy ends with the declaration that the Wise and the prudent will grasp the things revealed; "for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein
Church - the apostle speaks of himself as a Wise master-builder, who has well laid the foundation, which is 'Christ Jesus;' but he adds that 'others build thereupon,' and warns every one to take heed how he does so
Trees - The olive tree represents a leader who was Wise, kind, helpful and fruitful
Atonement - The great God having made man, appointed to govern him by a Wise and righteous law, wherein glory and honour, life and immortality, are the designed rewards for perfect obedience; but tribulation and wrath, pain and death, are the appointed recompense to those who violate this law, Genesis 3:1-24 : Romans 2:6 ; Romans 2:16
Fellow - This question, if properly applied, would be a dreadful silencing to all such as pretend to be "wise above what is written
Acts of the Apostles - A Wise selection of the fruits of apostolic energy has been made, verifying some things stated in the Gospels, and forming an indispensable introduction to the Epistles
Moral Obligation - If a common standard were known among men, and if the understandings of men determined in the same manner as to the conformity, or otherwise, of an action to that standard; what renders it a matter of obligation that any one should perform it? The rule must be proved to be binding, or no ground of obligation is established. " This lawgiver is God; and whatever may be the reasons which have led him to enjoin this, and to prohibit that, it is plain that the obligation to obey lies not merely in the fitness and propriety of a creature obeying an infinitely Wise and good Creator, (though such a fitness exists,) but in that obedience being enjoined
Agur - The contents, likewise, of the two chapters in question strongly militate against this hypothesis. ...
When all these circumstances are taken into consideration, together with the extreme improbability that Solomon should be denominated three times by his proper name, and afterward, in the same work, by two different enigmatical names, we are fully warranted in rejecting the notion, that the Wise monarch is designed by the appellations Agur and Lemuel
Reformation - Peter, laid down the important maxim, that a general council was superior to a pope, and that its decisions can restrain his power; and this doctrine, which might otherwise have appeared to arise out of the extraordinary circumstances under which it was declared, was fully confirmed by the council of Basil, which met several years after, and which decided the point upon grounds that might at all times be urged. The whole, even with reference to the illumination of the human mind and the improvement of the social state of the world, is in a high degree interesting; and that interest is unspeakably increased by our discerning the most striking evidence of the gracious interposition of Providence dissipating the cloud which obscured divine truth, and restoring to mankind that sacred treasure which is sufficient to make all who seriously examine it Wise unto salvation
Ravels - The Wise man insinuates that the raven makes his first and keenest attack on the eye, which perfectly corresponds with his habits, for he always begins his banquet with that part
Solomon - His Wise decision as to the owner of the living child established his reputation for wisdom. frontier and Hadad the Edomite became his adversaries, Solomon otherwise had uninterrupted peace. Like the Wise men coming to the Antitype, she came with a great train, and with camels laden with presents, in search of Heaven-sent wisdom (Proverbs 1:6; Matthew 2:1), "to prove Solomon with hard questions" (chidah , pointed sayings hinting at deep truths which are to be guessed; very common in Arabic literature), and to commune with him of all that was in her heart; compare as to these "hard questions" Proverbs 30:18, etc. He excelled the famous Wise men of the East and of Egypt (Isaiah 19:11; Isaiah 31:2; Acts 7:22)
Sacrifice - "But if these notions are so remote from, nay, so contrary to, any lesson that nature teaches, as they confessedly are, how came the whole world to practise the rites founded upon them? It is certain that the Wisest Heathens, Pythagoras, Plato, Porphyry, and others, slighted the religion of such sacrifices, and wondered how an institution so dismal (as it appeared to them, ) and so big with absurdity, could diffuse itself through the world. The text before us is a remarkable instance of this; as likewise Joel 2:13 . ) So that the whole may be resolved into the apophthegm of the Wise man
Sabbath - In the Hebrew language, signifies rest, and is the seventh day of the week: a day appointed for religious duties, and a total cessation from work, in commemoration of God's resting on the seventh day; and likewise in memorial of the redemption of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. " This institution is Wise as to its ends: That God may be worshipped; man instructed; nations benefited; and families devoted to the service of God
Child, Children - The beauty of a child’s humble simplicity is acknowledged by the Psalmist, who likens his own soul to a weaned child with its mother ( Psalms 131:2 ); unconsciously anticipating the spirit of One, greater than he, who said that only those who became as little children should in any Wise enter the Kingdom of heaven ( Matthew 18:3 ), and who gave thanks to His Father for revealing the things of God to ‘babes’ ( Matthew 11:25 )
Nero - ...
In the city Nero exercised a Wise care for the corn and water supplies
Supralapsarians - And they add to this, that if God first decreed to create man, and suffered him to fall, and then out of the fall chose some to grace and glory, he must decree to create man without an end, which is to make God to do what no Wise man would; for when a man is about to do any thing, he proposes an end, and then contrives and fixes on ways and means to bring about that end
Dereliction - ...
If Jesus was indeed the eternal Son of God, ‘bearing our sins in his body on the tree’ (1 Peter 2:24), it is in no Wise strange that His experience at that awful crisis should lie beyond our ken; but some light is shed upon the mystery by the profound truth, so often reiterated in the NT, that it was necessary for Him, in order that He might redeem the children of men, to be identified with them in every particular of their sorrowful condition
Man - These have been till of late the unhappy wretches who have been torn from their families, friends, and native lands, and consigned for life to misery, toil, and bondage; and that by the Wise, polished, and the Christian inhabitants of Europe, and above all by the monsters of England!!...
Flies - As a fly, though a diminutive creature, can taint and corrupt much precious perfume; so a small mixture of folly and indiscretion will tarnish the reputation of one who, in other respects, is very Wise and honourable; and so much the more, because of the malignity and ingratitude of mankind, who are disposed rather to censure one error, than to commend many excellencies, and from whose minds one small miscarriage is sufficient to blot out the memory of all other deserts
Waldenses - That the Scriptures teach that there is one God, almighty, all-wise, and all-good, who made all things by his goodness; for he formed Adam in his own image and likeness; but that by the envy of the devil sin entered into the world, and that we are sinners in and by Adam
Poetry of the Hebrews - Synthetic; which is a mere juxtaposition; or rather, the thought is carried forward in the second member with some addition; the correspondence of words and construction being as before: as for example, ...
The law of the lord is perfect, converting the soul: ...
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making Wise the simple
Rabbulas, Bishop of Edessa - A visit to Constantinople in the winter after the council, 431–432, enabled him to confer with Nestorius's successor, the Wise and pious Maximian, and confirmed him in opposition to the Nestorian doctrine, which he returned to his diocese determined to eradicate
Sedulius, 5th-Cent. Poet - He gives us a charming account of this group: Macedonius, the father and life of the whole; Ursinus, the reverent priest spending his life in the service of the King of Heaven; Laurence, the Wise and gentle, who has spent all his money on the poor; Gallicanus, another priest, not learned, but a model of goodness and loyalty to church rule; Ursicinus, combining the wisdom of age with the brightness of youth; the deaconess Syncletica, of noble birth and nobler life, a worthy temple of God, purified by fasting, prayer, and charity, learned and liberal; and lastly Perpetua, the young pure matron, perpetual in fame and purity as in name
Sanctify, Sanctification - In the Sermon on the Mount He said: ‘Except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no Wise enter the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 5:20). These hints prepare us for the demand, ‘Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall in no Wise enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 18:3 ||). The Wise man is one who builds on the words of Jesus (Matthew 7:24)
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To allow time between the presentation in the temple and the arrival of the Wise men and the other events before Herod's death, perhaps February may be fixed on. "...
The Gentile Wise men of the East (Persian magi possibly, the Zend religion teaching the expectation of a "Ζoziosh" or "Redeemer"; or magoi being used generally, these Wise men coming from Balaam's region, the East, and knowing his prophecy, "there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel": John 1:31-33; Numbers 23:7, whence they ask for the "King of the Jews" and mention the "star") came later, and found Him no longer in a manger where the shepherds found Him, but in a "house" (Matthew 2:11)
the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia - And that Wisest by far of all the seven ministers in Asia soon found out where his true strength lay and threw himself with all his weakness upon his true strength. 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
the Sower Who Went Forth to Sow - "How can I?" answered that Wise man from the East. " It was a Wise counsel and given in a solemn hour. And he reports to us one otherwise unreported word of our Lord's about the good ground that has its own lessons for us all tonight
the Queen of Sheba - And, on the other hand, however great, and good, and Wise, and famous any man is, if the Name of the Lord is not his strong tower, I fear I do not do that man full justice. For He is Wiser in men's hearts than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman and Chalcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and His fame is now in all the nations round about. Only, Blessed be His name, even if you are sick till you have no spirit left in you at the sight of other men's great houses, and great riches, and Wise words, and fame, and great happiness-even so, Blessed be his name, He will not despise you nor spit upon you
Nicodemus - The meeting took place in this Wise; it must have taken place in some such Wise as this:...
Nicodemus was one of the oldest and most honoured heads of that overawing deputation which was sent out to Bethabara by the Temple authorities to examine into the Baptist's preaching, and to report to the Temple on that whole movement
Wisdom of Christ - ); His skill in constructing parables, allegories, and sententious sayings, like those of the Wise men of old (cf
Self-Examination - —(2) By the experience of Wise and good men. Do we not live our best life when we just go on doing our duty and filling our place, never considering ourselves at all? ‘There is a kind of devotion to great objects or to public service which seems to leave a man no leisure and to afford no occasion for the question about himself, whether he has been as good as he should have been, whether a better man would not have acted otherwise than he has done
Polygamy - For which reason, and because it was likewise forbidden amongst the Greeks and Romans, we cannot expect to find any express law upon the subject in the Christian code. "When we reflect, " says he, "that the primitive institution of marriage limited it to one man and one woman; that this institution was adhered to by Noah and his sons, amidst the degeneracy of the age in which they lived, and in spite of the examples of polygamy which the accursed race of Cain had introduced; when we consider how very few (comparatively speaking) the examples of this practice were among the faithful; how much it brought its own punishment with it; and how dubious and equivocal those passages are in which it appears to have the sanction of the divine approbation; when to these reflections we add another, respecting the limited views and temporary nature of the more ancient dispensations and institutions of religion how often the imperfections and even vices of the patriarchs and people of God in old times are recorded, without any express notification of their criminality how much is said to be commanded, which our reverence for the holiness of God and his law will only suffer us to suppose were for Wise ends permitted; how frequently the messengers of god adapted themselves to the genius of the people to whom they were sent, and the circumstances of the times in which they lived; above all, when we consider the purity, equity, and benevolence of the Christian law, the explicit declaration of our Lord and his apostle Paul respecting the institution of marriage, its design and limitation; when we reflect, too, on the testimony of the most ancient fathers, who could not possibly be ignorant of the general and common practice of the apostolic church; and, finally, when to these considerations we add those which are founded on justice to the female sex, and all the regulations of domestic aeconomy and national policy, we must wholly condemn the revival of polygamy
Care - The Providence, unforgetful of ‘that which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven,’ is, in relation to His children, an all-wise and all-loving Fatherhood
Fire - Too Wise to err, too just: to do wrong, becomes a decided answer to all the indecent and unbecoming objections of unbelievers
Sanhedrim - The president of this assembly was called nasi, or prince; his deputy was called abbethdin, father of the house of judgment; and the sub-deputy was called chacan, the Wise: the rest were denominated tzekanim, elders or senators
Petrus, Saint, Archbaptist of Alexandria - and shewn his craving for pre-eminence by ordaining certain persons in prison; take care not to communicate with him until I meet him in company with Wise men, and see what it is that he has in mind
Meekness (2) - Otherwise Christ’s words are reduced to an absurdity. Where there is faith in the universal operation of the all-wise love of God, meekness shows itself in the unmurmuring surrender to the Divine will and in the patient endurance of that will. Amid outward conditions which are hard and oppressive, they who like Jesus are ‘meek and lowly of heart,’ who bow before God with a profound sense of His infinitely Wise and perfect will, find ‘rest unto their souls’; they are freed from that inward restiveness and discontent which aggravate the outward burden and wear away the strength
Bride - The persons that hold them in one hand have in the other a bottle of the same metal with the copper mould, which is full of oil, which they take care to pour out from time to time upon the linen, which otherwise gives no light. In the parable of the ten virgins, the same circumstances are introduced: "They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the Wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. And the foolish said unto the Wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out," Matthew 25:6
Magi - or MAGIANS, a title which the ancient Persians gave to their Wise men, or philosophers. He was not only excellently skilled in all the learning of the east that prevailed in his time, but likewise thoroughly versed in the Jewish religion, and in all the sacred writings of the Old Testament that were then extant: whence some have inferred that he was a native Jew both by birth and profession; and that he had been servant to one of the prophets, probably Ezekiel or Daniel. " "The Zeratusht of Persia, or the Zoroaster of the Greeks," says Richardson, "was highly celebrated by the most discerning people of ancient times; and his tenets, we are told, were most eagerly and rapidly embraced by the highest in rank, and the Wisest men in the Persian empire. This event takes place, also, in the accomplishment of a dream which none of the Wise men of Babylon could interpret
Herod - He received the Wise Men and sent them on to the Christ child with orders to return to him and let him know where he could find the newly born “King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2-8 )
King - ), "make us a king to judge us like all the nations," evidently is molded after Deuteronomy 17:14; so Samuel's language in presenting Saul to the people (1 Samuel 10:24) as "him whom the Lord hath chosen" alludes to Moses' direction (2 Samuel 12:24-25), "thou shalt in any Wise set him king over thee whom the Lord thy God shall choose
Pseudepigrapha - According to these Psalms, the Messiah was to be a human figure, a descendant of David, Wise and righteous, and without sin
Readiness - The two terms are used almost interchangeably in Matthew 24:42; Matthew 24:44, as is evident from the fact that the illustration of the necessity for watchfulness by the case of the negligent householder who suffers his house to be broken through (Matthew 24:43), is followed by the exhortation to readiness in the next verse; further evidence being found in the parable of the Ten Virgins, where the proper performance of the duty enjoined in Matthew 25:13 (‘Watch, therefore’) is exhibited in the careful preparation made by the Wise virgins, who are described as αἱ ἕτοιμοι, for the coming of the bridegroom
Heart - "A Wise man's heart guides his mouth, " says Solomon (Proverbs 16:23 ). Isaiah was commissioned: "Make the heart of this people calloused; otherwise they might understand with their hearts" (Isaiah 6:10 )
Separation - Meanwhile the disciples are directed to exercise a Wise patience, and to refrain from drastic measures of reform which might result in injuries still more serious to the cause they have at heart (Matthew 13:29)
Providence - Nothing can be more clear, from the testimony of Scripture, than that God takes part in all that happens among mankind; directing and over-ruling the whole course of events so as to make every one of them answer the designs of his Wise and righteous government
Red Heifer - (1 Corinthians 15:45) And it is said of him, with peculiar reference to his human nature, that "forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same. But no special reason other Wise that I know of is given in the word of God for the consecration of seven to sacred things
Simeon - Though he fall he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand, Now, unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy: to the only Wise God, our Saviour
Proselytes - Considering that the end justified the means, the scribes "compassed sea and land to make one proselyte," yet, when made, the Jews despised the proselyte as a "leprosy cleaving (in perversion of Isaiah 14:1) to the house of Jacob"; "no Wise man would trust a proselyte to the 24th generation" (Jalkuth, Ruth f. The centurion Cornelius was a proselyte of a less strict kind, which the rabbis would call a proselyte of the gate; otherwise a special revelation would not have been needed to warrant Peter's opening the gospel kingdom to him, as it had not been needed to open the gospel to Candace's eunuch (Acts 8; 10)
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Solomon probably embodied in Proverbs preexisting popular Wise sayings, under the Spirit's guidance
Advocate - " (Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 2:3) And if it were not for swelling the pages of a work that I must rather study to abridge, I might easily shew, that such are the powerful recommendations the Lord Jesus brings with him, to induce any, and every poor sinner, that is conscious of the want of an advocate, to plead his cause before God, that not a soul, earnest for his everlasting welfare, would cease a moment from putting all his concerns in the hand of such a Wise, tender, and successful High Priest as Jesus
je'Sus Christ - --Jesus, having a manger at Bethlehem for his cradle, received a visit of adoration from the three Wise men of the East. " As human, he reaches down to our natures, sympathizes with us, shows us that God knows all our feelings and weaknesses and sorrows and sins, brings God near to us, who otherwise could not realize the Infinite and Eternal as a father and friend
Alexandria - He likewise induced the merchants of Syria and Greece to reside in this city, and to make it a principal mart of their commerce. The respect which had long been universally paid to the schools of Greece, and the honours with which they were now adorned by the Egyptian princes, induced other Wise men, and even the Egyptian priests and philosophers themselves, to submit to this innovation
Epicureans - However, pleasure ought not in every instance to be pursued, nor pain to be avoided; but reason is to distinguish and compare the nature and degrees of each, that the result may be a Wise choice of that which shall appear to be, upon the whole, good
Nebuchadnezzar the Great - " Then the king raised Daniel to great honour, set him over all the Wise men of Babylon, and gave him the government of that province
Necessitarians - Man is, therefore, a necessary agent, if all his actions be so determined by the causes preceding each action, that not one past action could possibly not have come to pass, or have been otherwise than it hath been; and not one future action can possibly not come to pass, or be otherwise than it shall be. That it is not a gloomy doctrine they allege, because nothing can be more consolatory than to believe, that all things are under the direction of an all-wise Being, that his kingdom ruleth over all, and that he doeth all things well
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This adherence to the law (compare Acts 23:5) produced a succession of kings containing many Wise and good monarchs, and a people in the main reverencing the word of God as their rule, at least in theory
Phylacteries, Frontlets - text of Sir 36:3 (= AV 161816368891 Sir 33:3 ), as read by Smend in his edition of the text and commentary (both 1906): ‘the law is for the Wise man an amulet, a band (or knot) upon the hand
Parents (2) - The joyousness of child-life was in no Wise cramped: allusion is met with to the readiness of parents to provide for, and to enter into, the amusement of the children
Matthew, the Gospel According to - Matthew 2: Christ worshipped by the Wise men, Herod's massacre of the children at Bethlehem, Herod's death, and Christ's return to Nazareth. Introduction; Christ's genealogy, birth; visit of the Wise men; flight to Egypt; return to Nazareth; John the Baptist's preparatory ministry; Christ's baptism and consecration to His office by the Holy Spirit, with the Father's declared approval (Matthew 1-3)
Solomon - Behold, I have done according to thy words; lo, I have given thee a Wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any one arise like unto thee. It is not to be Wiser than what is written to say that it was not a vulgar and an everyday sensuality that made Solomon in the end such a castaway. The Wise men of the east, Wiser than Solomon, have a proverb upon the secret worm that was gnawing all the time in the royal staff upon which Solomon leaned
Nebuchadnezzar - Is my house not far bigger, and far better every way, than my brother's house that he has built? Look, father! Look, mother! Look, nurse! Look, visitor! All Wise-hearted mothers see and hear all that with tears behind their eyes, till they are at their wits' end how to deal with their so boastful and so imperious little emperor. For, said the Wise and prescient judges, if that little savage does that to a tame bird when he is still young, what will he not do to the men who are in his power when he is hardened in vice? And they put him to death, and paid no attention to the prayers of his mother
Division of the Earth - They are also identified by ancient authors with the Galatae of Asia Minor, the Gaels, Gauls, and Celtae, of Europe, who likewise spread from the Euxine Sea, to the Western Ocean; and from the Baltic to Italy southward, and first planted the British Isles. This dispersion, and that confusion of languages with which it originated, was intended, by the counsel of an all-wise Providence, to counteract and defeat the scheme which had been projected by the descendants of Noah, for maintaining their union, implied in their proposing to make themselves a name, שם , which Schultens, in Job 1:1 , derives from the Arabic verb שמה , or שמא to be high elevated, or eminent. By this event, considered as a Wise dispensation of Providence, bounds were set to the contagion of wickedness; evil example was confined, and could not extend its influence beyond the limits of one country; nor could wicked projects be carried on, with universal concurrence, by many small colonies, separated by the natural boundaries of mountains, rivers, barren deserts, and seas, and hindered from associating together by a variety of languages, unintelligible to each other
Court Systems - The Wise woman from Tekoah appealed to David, a decision which had been made within her extended family (2 Samuel 14:1 )
Questions And Answers - ) thus paraphrases: ‘How are we to depict the kingdom of God? in what new light can we place it?’ He adds, ‘The Lord, as a Wise teacher, seems to take His audience into His counsels, and to seek their help
Error - Heavenly truth is hid from the Wise and prudent, but revealed unto babes (John 8:12-59). They had passed into a school where the scholar’s ignorance and error would be dealt with patiently and Wisely
Sincerity - He must not only be Wise as a serpent, but sincere, simple (ἀκέραιος) (Matthew 10:16) as a dove (cf
Interpretation - This was only natural, since these sacred books were believed to be inspired of God, profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction, and able to make men ‘wise unto salvation’ (2 Timothy 3:15 f
Jesus Christ - Angels celebrated it with songs, and Wise men from the East brought precious gifts to the new-born babe
Diseases - Moses acted the part of a Wise legislator in making those laws which have come down to us concerning the inspection and separation of leprous persons
Solomon - " Solomon begged of God a Wise and understanding heart, and such qualities as were necessary for the government of the people committed to him. He enjoyed a profound peace throughout his dominions; Judah and Israel lived in security; and his neighbours either paid him tribute, or were his allies; he ruled over all the countries and kingdoms from the Euphrates to the Nile, and his dominions extended even beyond the former; he had abundance of horses and chariots of war; he exceeded the orientals, and all the Egyptians, in wisdom and prudence; he was the Wisest of mankind, and his reputation was spread through all nations
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23: δράσσομαι (Strong's #1405 — Verb — drassomai — dras'-som-ahee ) "to grasp with the hand, take hold of," is used metaphorically in 1 Corinthians 3:19 , "taketh (the Wise in their craftiness)
Premeditation - He had found the incompleteness of the Law, and with deliberate purpose declared His mission to be one that was not to destroy but to fulfil: ‘Except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in nowise enter into the kingdom’ (Matthew 5:17; Matthew 5:20). The parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins is obviously the story of premeditation and its worth. The first impulse of the Unjust Steward is to ask ‘What shall I do?’, and to form his plan which, though immoral in itself, shows a careful foresight that in its higher thought and morality is too often lacking in the Christian disciple; ‘The children of this world are Wiser in their generation than the children of light’ (Luke 16:1-8)
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Daniel was made by Nebuchadnezzar, governor of Babylonia and president of the Babylonian "wise men," not to be confounded with the later Persian magi
Surname - ]'>9 Elymas may be a Greek form of alîmâ, an Aramaic word meaning ‘strong,’ or of ‘alim, an Arabic word meaning ‘wise,’18 Predestination - A Wise plan is to examine the major passages keeping the verses in Acts in mind. God chooses and determines that it will be otherwise for His people
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Jesus condemned the scribes and Pharisees of His day who would kill some of the “prophets, and Wise men, and scribes” sent by Jesus (Matthew 23:34 )
Elder - Growing older, however, did not necessarily mean growing Wiser. ...
To do their vital tasks of judging and ruling, elders were to be capable men who feared God and were upright (Exodus 18:21,25 ); they were to be Wise, understanding, and experienced (Deuteronomy 1:13 ); and they were empowered by the Holy Spirit (Numbers 11:16-17 )
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There are some people so Wise in their own conceit, and think human helps of so little worth, that they despise commentaries on the Scriptures altogether: but every student or preacher whose business is to explain the sacred oracles, to make known the mind of God to others, to settle cases of conscience, to oppose the sophistry of sceptics, and to confound the arguments of infidels, would do well to avail himself of the most judicious, clear, copious, critical, and sound commentaries on the Bible
Mediator, Mediation - Both kinds of mediation are sometimes intertwined in the Bible, as when Moses used Aaron to mediate between himself and Pharaoh (Exodus 7:1-2 ) and Joab used the Wise woman of Tekoa to mediate his message about Absalom to David (2 Samuel 14:2-20 ). Likewise, God graciously provided for the communication of his will to his people in special circumstances through the prophets
Claim - ...
Otherwise Christ moves amid the relationships of common life and the claims of organized society, using them as the field of parable and the vehicle of His teaching concerning the kingdom that was at hand. Parental affection is the basis of the assurance that our Heavenly Father will act still more Wisely and lovingly towards His children (Matthew 7:11 || Luke 11:13). The rich and noble confronted the poor and unclassed, the strong and conquering had their counterpart in the subject and enslaved, the Wise and enlightened stood out in relief from the ignorant and barbarous, the male had defined authority and predominance over the female, and free-born citizens exercised a jealous censorship over the admission of strangers and foreigners
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At 30 the presiding rabbi admitted the probationer to the chair of the scribe by laying on of hands, giving him tablets whereon to write sayings of the Wise, and cf6 "the key of knowledge" (Luke 11:52) wherewith to open or shut the treasures of wisdom
Corner-Stone - It would, however, sometimes happen that a stone discarded by certain builders would be recognized by a Wiser master as that which he needed for an important place in his building, and this gave rise to the proverbial saying quoted in Psalms 118:22, which is familiarly repeated and applied to-day in Syria. In consequence of this the people of the country find a keen though guarded enjoyment in any situation that seems to discredit the wisdom of the Wise
Athens - Another power was needed to humiliate the Wise, as well as to end the long reign of the gods of Greece
Cerinthus, Opponent of Saint John - 1), now it is Jesus Who is born like other men, born of Joseph and Mary; He differs from others only in being more righteous, more prudent, and more Wise; it is not till after baptism, when Jesus has reached manhood, that Christ, "that is to say, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove," descends upon Jesus from above ( ἄνωθεν ἐκ τοῦ ἄνω Θεοῦ· ἀπὸ τῆς ὑπὲρ τὰ ὅλα αὐθεντείας , Iren
Education - Alongside these, if not identical with them, as many hold, we find an influential class of religious and moral teachers, known as the Sages or the Wise, whose activity culminates in the century preceding the fall of the Persian empire (b. Those, however, who wished to be themselves teachers, or otherwise to devote themselves to the professional study of the Law, passed on to the higher schools or colleges above mentioned
Jonathan - At once "a Wise man and learned scribe and counselor" (for the Hebrew dod , "uncle," means a relative and so "nephew": 1 Chronicles 27:32; 2 Samuel 21:21; 1 Chronicles 20:7), and a brave warrior who like David slew a giant Philistine, of Gath, remarkable for six toes and six fingers
Nazarene (2) - ’ Their own name for themselves in the earlier period may have been hâsîdîm, ‘pious’: later, such terms as חֲכְמִים ‘wise,’חכם, חלמיר חבר ‘colleague,’ were used
Punishment (2) - Instead of seeking to dogmatize on what does not at present fall within the sphere of our understanding, it would seem Wise to confine our conclusions to two broad principles:...
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It is not likely that there should have been a second Jesus the Nazarene, otherwise wholly unknown, who ‘deceived and led astray Israel,’ who was executed for doing so, who had disciples, and in whose name those disciples sought to heal the sick. He mocked at the words of the Wise, and was excommunicated (ib. Christ), but only against another Jesus, who mocked at the words of the Wise, and did not believe in their words, but only in the written Law, as thou dost. 239) maintains strongly the Talmudic date, and ends thus: ‘And the Wise men of that time bore witness concerning him his friends and companions’ Righteous, Righteousness - He said, ‘Except ye turn and become as little children, ye shall in no Wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Therefore He said, ‘Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no Wise enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 5:20)
Roman Law in the nt - The marvellous talent of the Roman authorities for organization, and especially their Wise adaptability, which saved them from enforcing a rigid uniformity in legal details in all the countries which they conquered, were to a large degree instrumental, under Divine providence, in furthering Christianity throughout the Empire, Though the Emperors and their officials became, at a comparatively late date (see below, 4) persecutors, yet there can be no doubt that the Roman system of law and organization was a most powerful help to the apostles in preaching the gospel. The existence of these kings and tetrarchs was due to the Wise tolerance of the Romans, and it paved the way for direct Roman rule, and indirectly for the spread of Christianity. Paul could hardly have held his favourable view of the State organization and of its power for furthering the gospel had it been otherwise
Prayer - Prayer simply is the application of an insufficient to a sufficient Being for the good which the former cannot otherwise obtain, and which the latter only can supply; and as that supply is dependent upon prayer, and in the nature of the thing consequent, prayer can in no good sense be said to be the instrument of supplying our wants, or fitting us for their supply, except relatively, as a mere condition appointed by the Donor. The true immutability of God consists, not in his adherence to his purposes, but in his never changing the principles of his administration; and he may therefore, in perfect accordance with his preordination of things, and the immutability of his nature, purpose to do, under certain conditions dependent upon the free agency of man, what he will not do under others; and for this reason, that an immutable adherence to the principles of a Wise, just, and gracious government requires it. ...
A second objection is, that as God is infinitely Wise and good, his wisdom and justice will lead him to bestow "whatever is fit for us without praying; and if any thing be not fit for us, we cannot obtain it by praying
Papyri And Ostraca - The pith of the papyrus plant, which thrives excellently in the damp levels of the Nile, was cut into strips, and from these strips, laid cross-wise, horizontally and vertically, upon each other, the sheets of papyrus were manufactured by gumming and pressing. The matter is not unimportant to the scientific scholar, who must work with the fidelity of the Wise steward
Son, Sonship - A poetic feeling underlies the description of a Wise man as a ‘son of wisdom,’ and at the same time its appropriateness is self-evident, υἱός and τέκνον both occur in this connexion, and instances of the use of the idiom found in the Gospels may be grouped as follows: (a) = belonging to, connected with, or destined for
King - ]'> root meaning ‘advise,’ ‘counsel,’ ‘rule,’ and it seems to have first signified ‘the Wise man,’ the ‘counsellor,’ and then ‘the ruler
Death (2) - This is doubtless the true interpretation of the warning, ‘Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. The idea is enforced in its full extent that physical death is only a ‘taking rest in sleep,’ and in no Wise affects the real life (John 11:4; John 11:11-14). Life is a spiritual possession here and now, and has its counterpart in ‘death,’ which is likewise realized in the present world
End - In a different nuance, the word can mean “latter” or “what comes afterward”: “O that they were Wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!” (Bethlehem - a city in the tribe of Judah, Judges 17:7 ; and likewise called Ephrath, Genesis 48:7 ; or Ephratah, Micah 5:2 ; and the inhabitants of it, Ephrathites, Ruth 1:2 ; 1 Samuel 17:12 . Here is an altar dedicated to the Wise men of the east, at the foot of which is a marble star, corresponding, as the monks say, to the point of the heavens where the miraculous meteor became stationary, and directly over the spot where the Saviour was born in the subterranean church below! A flight of fifteen steps, and a long narrow passage, conduct to the sacred crypt or grotto of the nativity, which is thirty-seven feet six inches long, by eleven feet three inches in breadth, and nine feet high
Hopkinsians - That the infinitely Wise and holy God has exerted his omnipotent power, in such a manner as he purposed should be followed with the existence and entrance of moral evil in the system: for it must be admitted, on all hands, that God has a perfect knowledge, foresight, and view of all possible existences and events. For the wisdom and power of the Deity are displayed in carrying on designs of the greatest good: and the existence of moral evil has, undoubtedly, occasioned a more full, perfect, and glorious discovery of the infinite perfections of the divine nature, than could otherwise have been made to the view of creatures. For personal righteousness cannot be transferred from one person to another, nor personal sin; otherwise the sinner would become innocent, and Christ the sinner
Eye - "The Wise man's eyes are in his head,"...
Ecclesiastes 2:14 , he does not act by chance. By analogy, therefore, if the mental eye, the judgment, be honest, virtuous, sincere, well-meaning, pious, it may be considered as enlightening and directing the whole of a person's actions; but if it be perverse, malign, biassed by undue prejudices, or drawn aside by improper views, it darkens the understanding, perverts the conduct, and suffers a man to be misled by his unwise and unruly passions
Herod - As Matthew says, "Herod privily called the Wise men and inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. The Wise men's question, "Where is he that is born king of the Jews?" was precisely one to excite Herod's jealousy
Immortality (2) - It is perhaps hardly right or Wise to saddle the doctrine with this additional connotation. Here it need only be said that parables such as those of the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Wise and Foolish Virgins, or the Wedding Feast, do not in themselves suggest or demand any inequality of treatment as regards the mere duration of the allotted punishment or reward; and that references to the Judgment, the Day of Judgment, or the Last Day are equally neutral, as far as direct statement is concerned. The cares τοῦ αἰῶνος choke the word (Matthew 13:22 || Mark 4:19); the sons of this αἰών are Wiser than the sons of light (Luke 16:8); οὗτος ὁ αἱών is contrasted with the αἰών that is to follow it as ὁ μέλλωνς (Matthew 12:32), or ἑκεῖνος (Luke 20:34 f
Humility - ‘Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in nowise enter therein’ (Luke 18:17). It was a wholesome saying of the Rabbis: ‘The disciple of the Wise should have sufficient pride to stand in defence of the Law he represents. ’ Self-assertion has therefore its legitimate sphere, and the ‘salt’ of individuality in religion and in society should in nowise be lost. The ‘wise and understanding’ (Matthew 11:25) receive no new light: self-satisfied pride and prejudice are the foes of spiritual enlightenment and intellectual advance
Disease - ...
Job's friends thus argued that his disease and suffering proved his sinfulness; the Pharisees argued likewise, as did Jesus' disciples (John 9:2 ); and Paul so interprets the sickness prevalent at Corinth (1 Corinthians 11:27-30 ). He inculcates a Wise self-understanding in diet, and avoidance of any mere habit of luxury and gluttony (Sirach 31:19-22 ; 37:27-31 )
Benjamin - ...
Besides the causes mentioned before, which finally united Benjamin and Judah, there was Jeroboam's setting up the calf worship in Bethel (a Benjamite city) in rivalry of the temple of Jehovah in the joint city of Benjamin and Judah, Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:29); also Rehoboam's Wise policy in dispersing his children through all Judah and Benjamin, into every" fenced city" (2 Chronicles 11:12; 2 Chronicles 11:23); also Asa's covenant with Jehovah, in which Benjamin took part (2 Chronicles 15); also the advancement of Benjamites to high posts in the army (2 Chronicles 17:17)
Romans, the Epistle to the - ) From the lower and middle classes, petty tradesmen, merchants, and army officers, the gospel gradually worked upward; still "not many Wise
House - The Wise man digs down to the rock (Luke 6:48), hearing and doing Christ's savings
Happiness - Not a resemblance, but a partnership; not a certainty that God is good, true, and Wise, but a certainty that He loves us, and that we may love Him in return—this is the new faith (John 15:9)
the Angel of the Church in Thyatira - That is to say, when many other ministers that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt, they that be Wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever
Discipline - -(a) In order to develop and perfect man’s moral nature, God deals with him as a Wise father with a child
Timothy, Epistles to - ...
After a salutation in which he desires mercy for Timothy, as well as grace and peace, Paul thanks God, whom he had served from his forefathers with pure (not always enlightened) conscience, having Timothy in unceasing remembrance in prayer, calling to mind his unfeigned faith and that of his maternal ancestors; and he desires that Timothy would rekindle the gift that he had received by the imposition of Paul's hands, for God had given, not a spirit of cowardice, but of power, of love, and of a Wise discretion
Miracles - The simple truth is that God, for Wise purposes, allowed some of the natural laws to be suspended, and at times He put forth His almighty power, as in supplying the Israelites with manna from heaven, and in feeding thousands from a few loaves and fishes, or by recalling life that had left the body
Gnostics - It was, therefore, not so properly a distinct sect as a generic term, comprehending all who, forsaking the simplicity of the Gospel, pretended to be "wise above what is written," to explain the New Testament by the dogmas of the philosophers, and to derive from the sacred writings mysteries which never were contained in them
Mystery - However open to suspicion the logion of Mark 4:11 may be in its present canonical or post-canonical form, the words are at bottom nothing more than the translation into Greek equivalents of a claim of Jesus that is unquestionably historical, namely the claim for His teaching to be by revelation, a wisdom of God accessible to His ‘little ones’ though ‘hid from the Wise and prudent
Power - A vague attempt at assimilation likened Him to one of the prophets (Matthew 16:14), and Herod saw in Him the risen John the Baptist (Mark 6:16), but otherwise His life and character were ever recognized as unique and beyond comparison (see Awe). Little children are regarded with reverence, and the loving trust of a child’s heart gives direction to the Wise, and appoints the duties of the great (Matthew 18:3-4; Matthew 19:14)
Praise (2) - Romans 16:27 (‘to the only Wise God, through Jesus Christ’) and Judges 1:25 (‘to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, power’), etc
Theodosius i., the Great - In 382 Theodosius issued a rescript to Palladius, dux of the province of Osrhoene, which was marked by a Wise and tolerant spirit
Inspiration And Revelation - The prophets and psalmists and Wise men lead the way in expressing the feelings aroused by the contemplation of God in Nature and in history. It is not possessed by the worldly-wise or by the most powerful of secular rulers
Sanhedrin - 1) that the Sanhedrin selected for each city court, the one found to be Wise, humble, sin-fearing, of blameless character, and popular as judge, and then had him promoted to membership, first of the two Little Sanhedrins in Jerusalem, and finally to the Great Sanhedrin in the hall of hewn stones. Likewise academic are the prerequisites of the Sanhedrin given in Sifrç Nu. 92: ‘They must be Wise, courageous, high-principled (not ‘strong’ as Bacher has) and humble
Terah - Terah was taken in Ur of the Chaldees, and was there made the type and the teacher of all those Wise men of the east, and of the west, and of the north, and of the south: all the elect within the election, and without: all those men old in years, but whose eye is not dim, nor their intellectual nor their spiritual strength one iota abated. Terah is the Magian father of all those sweet, Wise, beautiful souls who stand rooted in a green and genial old age: all those in whom, though their outward man may perish, yet their inward man is renewed day by day. Or it is otherwise, just as God in His deep wisdom and love wills it to be
Death of Christ - ...
(1) What was the principle which constituted the perfect moral unity of His obedience unto death? It was perfect love, manifesting itself in perfect self-sacrifice and service, and, in doing this, ever paying perfectly Wise and loyal regard to the moral requirements of human life and destiny on the one hand, and to the moral requirements of God’s holy will and purpose in relation to those human requirements on the other (Matthew 20:28; Matthew 26:39,Mark 10:45,John 10:17-18; John 13:1-17; John 3:13-21; John 4:34; John 5:17-44; John 8:49-50; John 8:54-55; John 17:1-7; John 17:23; John 16:7-11). He lived and died determined by the same moral principle, in the same spirit of love and self-sacrifice and service, and in the same spirit of perfectly Wise and loyal regard to all the demands of God’s will and purpose on Him, and to all the demands on Him of the world’s moral needs
Personality - What was hidden from them, ‘the Wise and prudent,’ was all in all to Him. The second temptation was resisted on the ground that man has the responsibility of cherishing his life and using it Wisely, as the vehicle of a God-given personality. ), by an organ of personality undiscovered by the Wise (Matthew 11:25), and unappreciated by the rich (Matthew 19:23)
Balaam - Then Balaam, seeing God's determinate counsel, stopped seeking further enchantments, but looking at Israel in their beautiful order by tribes, he compares them to the rows of lign aloes and cedars by the waters, and foretells the advent of a Hebrew prince who should smite Moab and Edom (David, 2 Samuel 8, the type), and of the Messiah, the Star out of Jacob" (compare Revelation 22:16; Matthew 2, announced to the Gentile Wise men from the E
Seventy (2) - Although they were among ‘serpents and scorpions,’ ‘nothing shall in any Wise hurt you’; a special providence would be their privilege, (c) He raises their aspirations to a higher level
Animals - The concept of dominion in Genesis 1:28 involves Wise stewardship and rsponsible care for the animal world
Salutations - Salutations are friendly greetings, literary and otherwise, which Christianity took over from the social life of antiquity, but filled with a new content of Divine love and made a symbol of a common brotherhood in Christ. ]'> But this presupposes a second imprisonment-a point in dispute-and it is not Wise to assume it unless necessary
World - ), and the frequency of its occurrence in the NT, with the assumption of its familiarity, seems to imply its popular currency (contrariwise, Dalman-‘the expressions characterised the language of the learned rather than that of the people’ Gospel - While it is a gift that costs nothing, it is also a priceless treasure for which a Wise person will sacrifice all else (Matthew 13:44-46 )
Poetry - Most examples of antithetical parallelism occur in the Wisdom Literature, where the two paths, the way of wisdom and that of folly, are contrasted for the one who would be Wise
Messiah - Consider Isaiah's proclamation of the birth by a virgin (7:14), the Wise, all-knowing ruling son of David (9:1-6), the fruitful branch who would bring redemption, restoration, and blessings in life (chap. Amos likewise proclaimed that the Messiah of Davidic lineage would fulfill Yahweh's covenant promises to the nations (9:11-15)
Impotence - The woman was bowed and crouched together (ἧ συγκύπτουσα), and was in no Wise able to lift herself up
Hardening - 4) teaches that ‘God leads astray whom He will and leads aright whom He will; He is the Powerful, the Wise,’ the God revealed by Jesus Christ ‘wishes not that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’ (2 Peter 3:9)
the Man Who Took a Rain of Mustard Seed And Sowed it in His Field - Every little Scripture lesson learned together: every little prayer offered together: and, especially, alone together: every little occasional word to explain, and to make interesting, his child's little lesson and little prayer every Wise little word spoken to his child about his own and his child's Saviour-every such small seed dropped by a parent's hand will yet spring up to his everlasting surprise, and to his everlasting harvest. But, oh! the tremendous and irreparable oversight for you and for him! Read Butler for yourself till you have that Wisest of Englishmen by heart
Marriage - This practice likewise was authorized by the example of the patriarchs. The large number of young females who were present, naturally reminded me of the Wise and foolish virgins in our Saviour's parable
Jephthah - This was a Wise regulation to remedy rash vows
Macarius Magnus, Magnes, a Writer - In 1867 there was found at Athens what there is good reason to believe was this copy, which, by theft or otherwise, had found its way to Greece. His words then were not worthy of a Son of God, nor even of a Wise man who despises death
God - God’s unchangeable nature guarantees that every action of his is righteous, Wise and true
World - ), and the frequency of its occurrence in the NT, with the assumption of its familiarity, seems to imply its popular currency (contrariwise, Dalman-‘the expressions characterised the language of the learned rather than that of the people’ Trial-at-Law - The institution of judgment by Wise and able ‘elders’ is by the Elohistic writer ascribed to Moses, acting on the advice of his father-in-law Jethro (Exodus 18:17 ff. Expert students of the law were likewise permitted to speak on his behalf, but not against him. If the accused was found innocent, the case was dismissed before nightfall; otherwise, judgment was deferred till the following day, the court meanwhile conferring together, ‘eating little meat, and drinking no wine during that whole day. A criminal charge was likewise opened by a personal postulatio or request to the praetor for permission to institute proceedings. The character and standing of the witnesses were likewise taken into account. A Wise governor respected the customary laws of his province, allowing minor offences to be tried before the local courts, and even in graver crimes directing the proceedings of the national councils with a view to securing full Roman justice, rather than suppressing their former prerogatives. In the exercise of their official coercitio, the magistrates (στρατηγοί, praetores) stripped and beat the accused, leaving them in prison till the case might be formally tried, or the riot otherwise quelled
Josephus - the period of the Emperors Gains and Claudius-otherwise the reign of Agrippa I. , by seventy-two Wise men from Jerusalem (xii. 3 8):...
‘Now about this time appeared Jesus, a Wise man, if indeed one may call Him a man; for He was a doer of marvellous works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with gladness, and He drew to Himself many of the Jews, as also many of the Greeks. For not only does Origen seem to be unacquainted with it-otherwise he would certainly have referred to it in in Matth
Mental Characteristics - Yet neither warmth of feeling nor reach of understanding ever warped His will to excuse or palliate in any Wise, or made His resolution waver. Even as Christ’s power and presence give to such as trust Him ‘perfect wholeness’ (τὴν δλοκλκριαν ταύτην, Acts 3:16), so the power and presence of the Infinite realized in humanity is disclosed in a ‘perfect wholeness’ which raises every human feature and faculty above itself, and compels the confession, ‘In him dwelleth all the plenitude of the Godhead bodily-wise’ (Colossians 2:9). But it was otherwise with the Lord Jesus
New Jerusalem - : ‘Behold … I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal Wisely. Nowhere else in the OT is the Messianic Kingdom conceived of otherwise than as eternal on this present earth. And the gates thereof shall in no Wise be shut by day (for there shall be no night there): and they shall bring the glory and the honour of the nations into it: and there shall in no Wise enter into it anything unclean, or he that maketh an abomination and a lie: but only they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life
Tatianus - than Linus, the teacher of Hercules, who lived in the generation before the Trojan war, than Orpheus, who was a contemporary with Hercules, and than the Wisest of the Wise men of Greece, e. Minos—so famous for his wisdom, shrewdness, and legislative powers—who lived in the 11th generation after Inachus; Lycurgus, the Lacedemonian lawgiver, who was born long after the taking of Troy; Draco, Solon, Pythagoras, and those seven Wise men, the oldest of whom lived about the 50th of those Olympiads which began about 400 years after the taking of Troy
Ezekiel - Christ's word shall be fulfilled, "till heaven and earth pass one jot or tittle shall in no Wise pass from the law until all be fulfilled" (Matthew 5:18)
Rufus - has οὐδαμῶς ἐλαχίστη εἶ, ‘art in no Wise least’ (Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 )
Unconscious Faith - The credit given to the prophet’s message, and to the fame of Solomon’s wisdom, is taken as evidencing a deeper and unconscious faith in the righteous God who was judging the iniquity of the great city, and in the all-wise God whose inspiration was the source of the king’s wonderful ability
Widows - (1) the Wise administration of the Church’s financial resources, and (2) the clear enunciation of the basal principles of Christian charity
Last Day(s), Latter Days, Last Times - In this spirit the psalmist prays, "Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life" (Psalm 39:4 ), and in Proverbs we find that receiving instruction is the path to being Wise in "the latter end" (19:20). Contrariwise Babylon is blamed for not remembering "the latter end" (Isaiah 47:7 )
Adam (1) - Satan's antitrinity, the lust of the flesh ("the woman saw that the tree was good for food"), the lust of the eye ("and that it was pleasant to the eyes"), and the pride of life (and a "tree to be desired to make one Wise") seduced man: 1 John 2:16; compare ACHAN; Joshua 7:21
Stoics - ’ Whether, therefore, civil and personal affairs were congenial or otherwise, a man must remain master of both his feelings and his actions. The ‘wise man’ of the Stoics was perfect in every way. Paul, was likewise a great centre of Stoic teaching, and it is supposed that the great Apostle shows traces in his writings of this early association
Manliness - It has to be remembered, however, (a) that the illustrative sayings of Jesus cannot Wisely be generalized into universal precepts. But the manifestation of heart-forgiveness is to be regulated by a Wise conception of the injurer’s welfare and the welfare of others
Knowledge - Indeed, men became darkened in their understandings when they began to indulge in reasoning, and in trying to be Wise they became fools. Through Christ there comes likewise a better knowledge of social duties, e. This higher philosophy has been hidden from the sight of men, otherwise they would not have crucified the Lord Jesus Christ
the Merchant Man Who Sold All That he Had And Bought the Pearl of Great Price - Sell a whole shelf of your juvenile books and buy it, and you will be Wise merchant men, if Dr. Who, then, on the spot will sell all that he has, and will be for ever after the Wisest of merchant men? Nay, who will take away with him tonight God's greatest Pearl as God's free gift, without money and without price? For the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord
the Mother of Zebedee's Children - And what would I think of them if they took advantage of their friendship with Christ, as I am taking advantage of my friendship with Him, in order to get Him to favour them and their sons at our expense? And what would I think of Him if He was imposed upon, and prevailed upon, to overlook, and neglect, and injure my sons, at the shameful plot of some of their mothers?' Had Salome talked in that way to her own heart; and, especially, had she brought up her sons to look at themselves and at all their fellows in that light; she would then have been as Wise a woman as she now was a fool, and as good a mother as she now was a bad
Apocrypha - Twenty-four are a rewrite of the canonical Old Testament while the other seventy are to be given to the Wise
Barzillai - ...
And in this also the Wise and good Barzillai is surely a beautiful lesson to all old men
Joseph And Mary - ...
She is a happy maiden who has a mother or a motherly friend much experienced in the ways of the human heart to whom she can tell all her anxieties; a Wise, tender, much-experienced counsellor, such as Naomi was to Ruth, and Elizabeth to Mary
Ecclesiastical Polity - Speaking of this subject, the compilers of the confession declare, "that they were most desirous to preserve the ecclesiastical polity, and those degrees in the church which had been introduced by human authority, knowing that, for Wise and good purposes, the discipline, as described in the canons, had been introduced by the fathers
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The religion of Egypt consisted in the worship of the heavenly bodies and the powers of nature; the priests cultivated at the same time astronomy and astrology, and to these belong probably the Wise men, sorcerers, and magicians mentioned in Exodus 7:11,22
Take - Men in their loose unguarded hours they take, ...
Not that themselves are Wise, but others weak
Praise - To the only Wise God through Jesus Christ 0 be the glory for ever
Presence - No man, however Wise or strong, may boast in the presence of God (1 Corinthians 1:29); in that presence Christ appears on our behalf (Hebrews 9:24); and there ‘before the presence of his glory’ we ourselves may hope to stand (Judges 1:24)
Rufus - has οὐδαμῶς ἐλαχίστη εἶ, ‘art in no Wise least’ (Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 )
Confession - We must also believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in all the truth concerning his Deity and humanity; and we must likewise believe in the Holy Spirit; and that, being free agents, we shall be punished for the things in which we sin, and rewarded for those in which we do well. I was then almost sixteen years of age; but I knew not God, and was led into captivity by the Irish, with many thousand men, as we deserved, because we estranged ourselves from God, and did not keep his laws, and were disobedient to our pastors, who admonished us with respect to our salvation: and the Lord brought down upon us the anger of his Spirit, and dispersed us among many nations, even to the extremity of the earth, where my meanness was conspicuous among foreigners, and where the Lord discovered to me a sense of my unbelief; that late I should remember my transgressions, and that I should be converted with my whole heart to the Lord my God, who had respect to my humiliation, and pitied my youth and ignorance, even before I knew him, and before I was Wise, or could distinguish between right and wrong, and strengthened me, and cherished me, as a father would a son. ) The books above-said teach this, that there is one God, almighty, all- Wise, and all-good, who has made all things by his goodness; for he formed Adam in his own image and likeness, but that by the envy of the devil, and the disobedience of the said Adam, sin has entered into the world, and that we are sinners in Adam and by Adam. ) Item, We have always accounted as an unspeakable abomination before God all those inventions of men; namely, the feasts and the vigils of saints, the water which they call holy: as likewise to abstain from flesh upon certain days, and the like; but especially their masses
Paul Apprehended of Christ Jesus - A good sermon will be the occasion of one conversion, a good book of another, and a Wise word spoken in due season of another
Ephesians, Book of - This is the Wise path avoiding spirits that make one drunk but turning to the one Spirit which leads to praise and worship
Plants in the Bible - It was also brought by the Wise men to the infant Jesus, together with gold and myrrh (Matthew 2:11 ). ...
Some plants, such as the gourd Citrullus colocynthis, could be medicinal purges in very small quantities but bitter poisons otherwise (2 Kings 4:39-40 )
Meals - For instruction in the ‘minor morals’ of the dinner-table, Jesus ben-Sira has provided the classical passages, 1618163688_4 ; Sir 32:3-12 , expanding the Wise counsel of the canonical author of Proverbs 23:1 f
Woman - )...
Jesus' parable of the ten maidens, five foolish and five Wise, hints at the way Jesus saw and dealt with woman (Matthew 25:1-13 )
Body (2) - The child thus born was seen in His infancy by the shepherds and the Wise men, and, when He was eight days old, by Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25; Luke 2:36). After death, His body, nowise different from that of an ordinary man, was delivered by Pilate to Joseph of Arimathaea, who wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb (Matthew 27:58 f
Peter - They are Wise merchantmen who make gain in every gale; who are enriched in their souls not only in times of trial and loss, but are still more softened and sanctified amid all their gains and all their comforts both of outward and inward estate
Pentateuch - Moses, Israel's Wise leader, would therefore be sure to commit to writing their laws, their wonderful antecedents and ancestry, and the Divine promises from the beginning connected with them, and their fulfillment in Egypt, in the Exodus, and in the wilderness, in order to evoke their national spirit
Judgments of God - All his family likewise were destroyed, his wife and children put to death, together with most of his friends and dependents, who had been the instruments of his cruelty. Be Wise now, therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth
Absalom - David and his wives and concubines and mixed-up children, Tamar and her half-brother Amnon, Absalom and Jonadab, Joab and the Wise woman of Tekoa, Ittai and Shimei, Ahithophel and Hushai, and the righteousness and the grace of God reigning over them all. While all the time David prevents the night-watches with psalms like this: I will behave myself Wisely in a perfect way
Matthias the Successor to Judas Iscariot - Let any of our students company with Christ all the time He went in and out in that manner, and he may depend upon it that the beautiful benediction which our Lord addressed in reproof to Thomas will be richly fulfilled to that Wise-hearted student all his happy ministerial days, and through him to his happy people
War - They were commonly Wise and valiant generals, raised up by God "to fight the battles of the Lord," and to exterminate his enemies. Whatever reasons authorize a nation or a prince to make war against another, obtained, likewise, among the Hebrews; for all the laws of Moses suppose that the Israelites might make war, and might defend themselves, against their enemies. Towers of this kind were erected, likewise, over the gates of cities. Towers, likewise, which were somewhat larger in size, were erected in different parts of the country, particularly on places which were elevated; and these were guarded by a military force, Judges 8:9 ; Judges 8:17 ; Judges 9:46 ; Judges 9:49 ; 2 Samuel 2:19-242 ; Isaiah 21:6 ; Habakkuk 2:1 ; Hosea 5:8 ; Jeremiah 31:6 . The firm persuasion that God fights for the good against the wicked, discovers itself in the Old Testament, and accounts for the fact, that, not only in the Hebrew, but also in the Arabic, Syriac, and Chaldaic languages, words, which originally signify justice, innocence, or uprightness, signify likewise victory; and that words, whose usual meaning is injustice or wickedness, also mean defeat or overthrow
Providence - The primary causes of things must certainly be some powers and principles not mechanical, otherwise we shall be reduced to the necessity of maintaining an endless progression of motions communicated from matter to matter, without any first mover; or of saying that the first impelling matter moved itself. Should it be said that matter, though naturally inert, may be made to be otherwise by divine power, this would be the same with saying that matter may be made not to be matter. We cannot conceive of any reasons that can influence the Deity to exercise any providence over the world, which are not likewise reasons for extending it to all that happens in the world. Nothing is absolutely trifling in which the happiness of any individual, even the most insignificant, is at all concerned; nor is it beneath a Wise and good being to interpose in any thing of this kind
Apostle - After the Christian religion had been planted in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, and sent into Ethiopia, one of the uttermost parts of the earth, Acts 1:8 ; and after it had been preached about eight years to the Jews only, God, in his Wise and merciful providence, disposed things for the preaching of it among the Gentiles. ...
Apostle was likewise a title given to those sent by the churches, to carry their alms to the poor of other churches
Devil - The representation is not that of a dualism, but of the revolt of a subordinate though superhuman power, patiently permitted for a time for Wise purposes and then peremptorily put down. The psychical researches of recent years have tended to confirm the belief in spiritual existences, good and bad, and thereby to reduce a fundamental difficulty, which would otherwise attach also in a degree to the belief in the Holy Spirit
Inspiration - ...
Also He confutes the Sadducees and proves the resurrection of the body from words which otherwise we should scarcely have regarded as proving it (Matthew 22:32), "I am (not I was) the God of Abraham" (namely, the man in his integrity, body, soul, and spirit). He who, working through means, creates the minute leaf as well as the mighty forest, saith of all His word, "till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no Wise pass from the law until all be fulfilled" (Matthew 5:18; "law" means the whole Old Testament, as John (Matthew 10:35) uses "law" of the psalms)
Isaiah - Among other travesties, Judah was rebellious, evil, iniquitous, alienated, corrupters, a sick people, unfilial in attitude, purposeless in their excessive religiosity, idolaters, proud ones whose land was filled with esoteric charlatans, brass in their defection, thankless and unappreciative, drunkards, monoplists of real estate, Wise in their own eyes, morally indiscriminate
Lot - And the most part of our young men cannot do a Wiser or a better thing for a long time to come than just to follow their fathers and their other forerunners like Terah and Abraham. Hear, then, what the first peacemaker in the Bible said, and go and say and do likewise, 'And Abraham took Lot and said to him, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. And it is Wise and politic to put God in your debt now and then
Romans, Book of - ...
In the conclusion to the letter (Romans 15:14-16:27 ), Paul summarized his ministry and his plans for the future, requesting their prayers (Romans 15:14-33 ); then he commended Phoebe (Romans 16:1-2 ), sent greetings to individual Christians (1618163688_16 ), and ended his letter with praise for God—“to the only Wise God through Jesus Christ be glory for endless ages! Amen” (Romans
Rome, Romans - The stiffneckedness of the Jews brought upon them a ruin which other subject-races in the Empire had escaped by a Wise submission
Paul the Apostle - God's wisdom and knowledge transcend human ken; he is infinitely Wise and all-knowing; all things are "from him and through him and to him" (Romans 11:36 ). Peter in Acts 3:25 ]'>; likewise traces the gospel message back to God's promise to Abraham is Paul Luke's source for what Stephen said on that occasion? Did Stephen have a hand in instructing Paul? ) The foundation of the gospel Paul preached was the covenant God made with Abraham (see Genesis 12:1-3 ; 15:1-21 )
Grace - ]'> This experience, which on one side is regeneration and on the other is conversion, is one which leaves the soul different for ever from what it was before; yet not in such Wise as to prevent the soul itself living on, or as to raise the soul above its limitations and failings, so that it will not fall from grace, and will be kept from sin
Hating, Hatred - It is ‘that element in love which makes a Wise and Christian friend not for time only, but for eternity
Man (2) - As contrasted with others who were ‘wise and prudent,’ the disciples were but ‘babes’; but it was to them that God had made the revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-26)
Beda, Historian - The Wise Aldfrid reigned during his youth and early manhood, but many years of disquiet followed his death, and even the accession of his friend Ceolwulf in 731 did not assure him of the end of the evils, the growth of which, since king Aldfrid's death, he had watched with misgivings
Gregorius (32) Turonensis, Bishop of Tours - "I shall set forth my ideas to those who are Wiser than you, and they will approve of them. " "Never," was the answer, "it would be no Wise man, but a lunatic, that would adopt such views as yours" (v
Will of God - We are left "in the middle, " knowing that we are to seek God's guidance through the Scriptures, prayer, the counsel of Christian leaders, and Wise assessment of the options before us and knowing that he promises to guide us, but not being able to limit his means for doing this
Miriam - Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me; when my foot slippeth they magnify themselves against me. Imagine the Wise answers, and the foolish answers, and the silences, and the embraced and the lost opportunities
Mephibosheth - But Solomon, as he moralises in one place on fathers and sons with Jonathan and Mephibosheth before him, tells us to rejoice with trembling when our sons are born to us, for who knoweth whether they shall be Wise men or fools?...
Rarely into the branches of the treeDoth human worth mount up: and so ordainsHe who bestows it, that as His free giftIt may be called
Demoniac - "With regard to doctrines," says he, "of a moral or useful tendency, it is not, in all cases, easy for the bulk of mankind, or even for the Wise and learned, to form a certain judgment concerning them. It is evident that the devil and his angels, according to all that we can learn of them in the sacred books, are real beings; that the demons of the New Testament are malignant spirits; and that they act upon the same principles, and even under the authority of Satan himself, who is otherwise called Beelzebub, and the prince of the devils, Nay, in these very cases of possession, the chief of the apostate angels is clearly set forth as acting either in his own person, or by means of his infernal agents
Poetry - Otherwise correct interpretation is impossible. What would otherwise appear to be a careful choice of synonyms, for example, perhaps to secure climacteric effect, may be simply the operation of this principle. ...
A Wise son maketh a glad father,...
But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother
Predestination - ‘All that which the Father giveth me shall come unto me’ is, as the older divines would have put it, an article in the Covenant of Redemption between the Father and the Son in the counsels of eternity; ‘and him that cometh to me I will in no Wise cast out’ is an article in the Covenant of Grace wherein the offer of a free and a full salvation is made to all (John 6:37)
Nature And Natural Phenomena - A Wise selection must be made in storing the mind with facts and impressions, so that the multiplicity of Nature may not overwhelm the mind, or cause us to lose our way in the confusion of her wealth
Priscillianus And Priscillianism, Priscillian - As a stroke of state policy nothing could be Wiser in the eyes of the adherents of Maximus than their destruction. The outer form was for the ignorant and profane; the inner truth for the Wise and initiated
Calvinists - ...
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only Wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen
Ethics - Could it be otherwise? The moral law must be supreme, and He is it. To call oneself the bond-servant of Jesus Christ ( Romans 1:1 , James 1:1 , 2 Peter 1:1 ) was to assert at once the strongest affection for the Wise and gracious One, and the utmost loyalty to God’s holy will as embodied in His Son
Faith - The faculty of faith, which we understood in its fundamental meaning as the spiritual sense, the consciousness of God, is in no Wise narrowed or diverted when it fixes itself on ‘Jesus Christ, and him crucified’; for, as St
Kings, Books of - Their toleration casts a shadow on the piety even of kings otherwise commendable, while their destruction is regarded as a proof of religious zeal. In any case, the compiler has dealt freely with his material, dating both the defection and the revolt late in the king’s reign, at a time when senile weakness would excuse the Wise man for yielding to his wives
Gentiles - We agree with Justin Martyr when he says that the Wise heathen lived in company with ‘The Word,’ and that all that they have truly said is part of Christianity (Apol. But it is far otherwise with Jewish apocalyptic, the Book of Daniel and its numerous extra-canonical successors-far inferior to it in religious value-in which much true spiritual insight is mixed with carnal views and human passion
Hypocrisy - Of the whole standard of the Kingdom of Heaven hypocrisy is the daily practical denial—its broad result being the external righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, without exceeding which we shall in no Wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven
Ethics - The Stoic philosophers abandoned this dream, and could suggest nothing better than the withdrawal of the Wise man from all ordinary human interests
Self-Control - He preserves consistently the Wise mean, well removed from the ordinary dangers, on either side, of excess and of defect
Family - Metaphorically οἰκονόμος is used of Christian ministers (1 Corinthians 4:1; of ‘bishops, 1 Timothy 1:17), of Christians generally (1 Peter 4:10)-the idea is doubtless taken from our Lord’s words about the ‘wise slave whom his lord had set over his household to give them their food in due season’ (Matthew 24:45), (2) The guardian of a child, ἐπίτροπος, was concerned with his education (Galatians 4:2); perhaps this is the same as the following
Foresight - Luke (Luke 4:43) in quite Johannine Wise (Luke 5:23-24; Luke 5:30; Luke 5:36; Luke 5:38,Matthew 11:21-30,99; Luke 6:38-40 et passim) expresses it, ‘was sent’ (cf. falls away from its idea, and ends by making Jesus absolutely dependent on Scripture for His knowledge of God and Divine things: ‘We have no right whatever to maintain that Jesus received revelations from the Father otherwise than through the medium of the sacred Scriptures; that is a part of His complete humanity’ (p
Angels (2) - In Tobit 12:12 the angel assures Tobit that he was familiar with all the events of his troublous days: as in 2 Samuel 14:17; 2 Samuel 14:20 the woman of Tekoa flatters Joah that he was ‘as Wise as an angel of God to know all things that are in the earth
Esau - And, if any one would but teach us; if any great writer or great preacher, if any Wise father or loving mother could and would but take us early in hand, and tell us, and let us see, that all this life is not to make what is called money, or to attain what is called success, or to fill our belly with what is called pleasure, but that God Himself has set us here so to live, and so to choose, and so to act as to put off every day this profane mind, and to put on a sacred, a spiritual, a divine, a heavenly mind-if any one with authority and with influence would but tell and teach us that! For, like Esau, to begin with, we have no imagination
Jonath - Every disobedient sinner suddenly startled out of his sleep at midnight is Wiser than all his teachers when he repents, and prays, and vows, and refuses to be comforted by the most correct barometric calculations. We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are Wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised'-and deserve to be
David - in His Services - This, no doubt, greatly helped David to resign his great hope of being spared to build the temple, that Solomon, his greatly-gifted, Wise-hearted, pure, and noble-minded son was standing ready to take up and to carry out his father's long-intended task
Preaching - " The Wise and benevolent sentiments of these noble souls were imbibed by the whole congregation, and fifty thousand troubled hearts were calmed in a moment
Pronunciation of Proper Names - It has therefore been, no doubt, a Wise decision on the part of the Editor of the present work not to indicate, as was at one time contemplated, the pronunciation of each proper name as it occurred, at any rate when any difficulty was likely to be experienced
Grace - ]'> This experience, which on one side is regeneration and on the other is conversion, is one which leaves the soul different for ever from what it was before; yet not in such Wise as to prevent the soul itself living on, or as to raise the soul above its limitations and failings, so that it will not fall from grace, and will be kept from sin
Hypocrisy - Of the whole standard of the Kingdom of Heaven hypocrisy is the daily practical denial—its broad result being the external righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, without exceeding which we shall in no Wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven
Physical - For these reasons, then, and others that sprang out of them or were otherwise related to them, our Lord was necessitated to make the physical order of the world a subject of reflexion, and to embody in His teaching such ideas of it as He considered to be fit for communication as a part of His general message to mankind. And God Himself has so ordered the physical universe that it should be so, and that it cannot be otherwise. But it is otherwise with men. He constantly paid truthful and perfectly Wise respect to these two great facts in His teaching:—(1) The fact that God is ever and always providentially and actively related to men as physical beings, having physical necessities and requirements in their life; and (2) the fact that He is ever and always governmentally and actively related to them as moral beings, having moral necessities and requirements and responsibilities in their life (e
Ephesians Epistle to the - Wise use of time, since the days are evil. Parents ought to train their children Wisely. -This preliminary investigation, then, rather favours the authenticity of the Epistle than otherwise, and this result is entirely borne out by the external evidence of early writers
Faith - The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7 ), as the ethics of those who are to live under the rule of God as Father, concludes with Jesus' admonition to be Wise and to put these words into practice (7:24-27; Ideal - And He summed up the whole matter when He set a little child in the midst and said, ‘Except ye turn and become as little children, ye shall in no Wise enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 18:3 ||; cf
Restoration - Although it may with much force be maintained that the images He employs—the worm, the fire, the salting with fire—are all most naturally interpreted as purifying and cleansing agencies, yet it is Wiser to see that He leaves the Divine purpose in all that mysterious process of retribution to be inferred from the whole revelation of God which He had given in His earthly life. Alleviations of the idea of eternal punishment such as that of ‘Conditional Immortality’ offend almost equally against the fundamental instincts of the human heart, which cannot think that the All-wise and All-loving has created any soul in His own image to prove but a waste and an abortion
Miracles - This explanation recognizes that miracles are not explicable by the laws of nature as known to man, and that it is of God’s free choice that for certain ends He uses means otherwise unknown. God is without variation and shadow that is cast by turning in His purpose, but His action is conditioned, and must necessarily be conditioned, by the results of man’s use of the freedom which for His Wise and holy ends He bestowed
Election - It is used of God’s choice of the foolish things of the world to put to shame them that are Wise, and the weak things to put to shame the things which are strong (1 Corinthians 1:27); and of His choice of the poor to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom promised to them that love Him (James 2:5)
Humility - ‘Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in nowise enter therein’ (Luke 18:17). It was a wholesome saying of the Rabbis: ‘The disciple of the Wise should have sufficient pride to stand in defence of the Law he represents. ’ Self-assertion has therefore its legitimate sphere, and the ‘salt’ of individuality in religion and in society should in nowise be lost
Logia - ) and Meyer (on Romans 3:2), λόγιον is the neuter of λόγιος = ‘learned,’ ‘rational,’ and hence means ‘a Wise saying. ] There is, in fact, absolutely no evidence that any book ever received the title λόγια, though there is a certain significance in the use of the word by Papias and Polycarp interchangeably with λόγοι to designate the precepts of Jesus, whether in literary embodiment or otherwise
Pharaoh - They had amused him, and flattered him, and let him run wild, and let him have his own way in everything, when they should have been bringing him up as David brought up Solomon, and as the Wise men in the east brought up Cyrus. The only claim any man has to reign over other men is that he is Wiser and better than they are. ...
Come on, let us deal Wisely with them, said the ill-read and ignorant sovereign who sat on the throne of Egypt at the time when the children of Israel were fast becoming more and mightier than their masters. Come on, was his insane edict, let us deal Wisely with them, lest they multiply and it come to pass that, when there falleth out any war, they join themselves to our enemies and fight against us
Cures - This feature is seen in all His actions, but found its clearest expression in the case of the woman who could in no Wise lift up herself (Luke 13:11-17) (See Impotence)
Doctrines - ‘Except ye be converted (στραφῆτε, ‘turn’), and become as little children, ye shall in no Wise enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 18:3), is the teaching of Jesus according to the Synoptics, to which His words to Nicodemus in the Fourth Gospel almost exactly correspond: ‘Except a man be born again (or ‘from above,’ ἄνωθεν), he cannot see the kingdom of God’ (John 3:3)
Abraham - And our own Edward Irving, a great student of Bacon, often sorely needed a Wise friend, as we see in his sad life and read in his superb sermons
Jesuits - By a Wise and humane policy, they gradually attracted new subjects and converts; till at last they formed a powerful and well organized state of three hundred thousand families
Philo - Philo does not approve of the polygamy of the patriarchs-he would prefer celibacy!-so he declares the wives to represent something spiritual: Hagar general culture (ἐγκύκλιος παιδεία), Sarah true philosophy: the Wise man must have intercourse with both
Woman - The wife of noble character (Proverbs 31:10-31 ) works industriously not only in traditional domestic spheres but in running a business out of her house, purchasing property, making investments, speaking Wisely, and ruling her household. The Wise women of Tekoa ( 2 Samuel 14 ) and of Abel Beth Maacah (2 Samuel 20:14-22 ) probably were the heads of city councils
Church - " So far indeed this union of churches appears to have been a Wise and useful arrangement, although afterward it was carried to an injurious extreme, until finally it gave birth to the assumptions of the bishop of Rome, as universal bishop; a claim, however, which, when most successful, was but partially submitted to, the eastern churches having, for the most part, always maintained their independence
Teaching - Next, the existence of ‘many teachers’ within the Church (James 3:1) promoted an unhealthy spirit of rivalry and faction which could be eliminated only by a demand for a ‘good life’ in one who professed, as a teacher, to be ‘wise and understanding’ (James 3:13)
Evil - For example, the same Decalogue that declares that stealing and murder are wrong likewise forbids idolatry and blasphemy. There can be no such distinction! That which is ethical is right because God has declared it so; the cultic portions of the Law likewise determine what is right for the same reason. " Isaiah 31:2 predicts the failure of the alliance between Judah and Egypt, proclaiming God as the one who is Wise and "brings evil, " that is, brings defeat to his enemies. ...
The "Evil Day" may likewise be resolved as a day on which something harmful occurs rather than a day evil in and of itself. Some suggestions, however, that have been offered about moral evil are: (1) while God is perfect, creation is only pronounced "very good" (Genesis 1:31 ); it is impossible for a created universe to rival God in perfection and the existence of moral evil is one example of its imperfection; (2) to compel all beings to act morally is to override their free will; likewise, to grant them free moral agency is to concede the possibility that someone at some time will act in an evil manner; and (3) God in his infinite wisdom created the best of all possible worlds; one can only consider that, were the world created any other way it would have been less than the best of all possibilities
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(4) The universal expectation in the East of a great king to arise in Judea, probably due to fragments of revelation (as the prophecy of Balsam, Numbers 24:17) such as led the Wise men of the East to conic seeking "the king of the Jews
Little Ones - ‘And whosoever’—perhaps we might paraphrase ‘Likewise whosoever’—‘shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no Wise lose his reward. The difficulty of this supposition, otherwise most satisfactory, is that the particular designation in question—‘little ones’—is not a Biblical designation of children, and not one which would readily suggest itself as a term of affection
Jerusalem - There is, however, reason to hope for improvement under better religious and educational influences, and under a Wise and helpful government
Character - ...
And the bearing of the Divine Fatherhood on our relations to our fellows produces a Wise tolerance. The relations of parent and children, of master and servant, were likewise dignified by being seen sub specie aeternitatis (Colossians 3:20-25; Colossians 4:1), and in the remembrance that for responsibility we must give account (Luke 12:45-48)
Gregorius Thaumaturgus, Bishop of Neocaesarea - Origen accustomed his pupils first to the dialectic method of inquiry, and then, in Aristotelian fashion, fed them to contemplate the "magnitude, the wondrousness, the magnificent, and absolutely Wise construction of the world
Asceticism (2) - He admits, indeed, that special circumstances may make it incumbent on an individual to abstain from certain things which others, otherwise situated, may lawfully enjoy; but He does not say that earthly goods, as such, are irreconcilable with righteousness. In justification of His refusal to lay down fixed rules upon the subject, Jesus goes on to say that, just as no Wise man would sew a new patch on to an old garment, or pour new wine into old bottles, so it would be foolish to graft the new-found liberty of the gospel on to the mass of old observances, and still more foolish to attempt to force the new system as a whole within the forms of the old
Jesus Christ - Surely if this had been an error which was so universally to prevail, those Scriptures which are able to make us Wise unto salvation, would have left us warning on so important a topic
Sin - In some passages, the word refers to falsehood or deception: “The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be Wise, and to do good” (Ephraim (4) the Syrian - But a Wise man hates no one, or if he hates at all, he hates only a fool
Adam - LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE...
In the Wise and good providence of Almighty God a new and an entrancing light has been cast in our day on the origin of the earth and on the early ages of mankind. All the time we feel in ourselves a backward, sideward, downward, perverse pull under which we reel and stagger continually; it is an experience that makes us Wiser than all our teachers in some of the most obscure, but at the same time some of the most certain matters of mankind and their spiritual history. It is a fashion with the prevailing philosophy of our day to decry and contemn the old, orthodox, and fruitful argument from final causes; but I shall continue, in this matter also, to follow Bishop Butler, to me by far the deepest and the Wisest philosopher the world has ever seen. ' Now, with these two little books of Moses and of Paul, and with another little epistle or two of Paul's added, those who are otherwise quite unlettered men will soon become Wiser men than many of their teachers
Canon - For the Jews were negligent, and not only negligent, but impious; so that some books were lost through carelessness, and others were burned, or otherwise destroyed. if we translate the word) might have been some useful compend taken from Scripture, or composed by the Wise, for the regulation of justice and equity between man and man. Paul not now extant, is that in Colossians 4:16 : "And when this epistle is read among you, cause also that it be read in the church of the Laodiceans, and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. The words in the original are, και την εκ Λαοδικειας ινα και υμεις...
αναγνωτε , "and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea,"...
Will - Nicholls, after quoting many authorities to show that the doctrine of divine grace always prevailed in the catholic church, adds, "I have spent, perhaps, more time in these testimonies than was absolutely necessary; but whatever I have done is to show that the doctrine of divine grace is so essential a doctrine of Christianity, that not only the Holy Scriptures and the primitive fathers assert it, but likewise that the Christians could not in any age maintain their religion without it,—it being necessary, not only for the discharge of Christian duties, but for the performance of our ordinary devotions. But they will, with equal sincerity, blame themselves for what they have done amiss; or, in other words, acknowledge that they should and might have willed and acted otherwise; and this is exactly the practical question, the very turning point, on which the whole controversy hinges. And surely the confessions, the prayers, the repentance, and the sacrifices of the humble and pious of all ages show that they felt, not only that they were themselves to blame for their actions, and therefore that they might have done otherwise, that is, they had a free will, but that, to make this will operative in spiritual matters, they required an aid beyond the reach of mere human attainment. The justice of all legislative enactments evidently and essentially depends on the principle, that the things prohibited can be avoided, or, in other words, might have been done otherwise than they were done; and this is the very turning point of the controversy. But the experience of common sense and conscience will always decide, that no man can conscientiously make this excuse for his crimes, that he could not have willed or acted otherwise than he did. And therefore we cannot ascribe to him, as his special act, any thing we should perceive to be unworthy of any just or merciful, any Wise or upright, being
Miracles - Such introduction accords with human experience, for we see an intelligent agent often modifying the otherwise uniform laws of nature. The Wise men following the star, and then receiving further guidance from the Scripture word, illustrate the twofold revelation, God's works, and God's word, the highest guide. ...
The gravity, simplicity, and historical consistency of the New Testament incidents with the otherwise known circumstances of the times, and the internal marks of the date of writing being soon after the occurrence of the facts, are all against the mythic theory, especially in a non-legendary but historical age
Wisdom - Often ‘the counsel of the Wise’ was chiefly political and secular; even Sirach sometimes commends a line of conduct that is more prudential and self-centred than religious. Hebrew Wisdom, ut supra); it is mediated to men by the Spirit, and otherwise it cannot be discerned
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When the site was strongly protected by nature, a single wall sufficed; otherwise it was necessary to have an outer wall, which was of less height than the main wall. It was on a similar outer wall ( chçl ) that the ‘wise woman of Abel of Beth-maacah’ held parley with Joab ( 2 Samuel 20:15 ; for the reading see Cent
Romans, Theology of - By contrast, his readers are to avoid contentious and unorthodox persons and to be Wise and discerning (16:17-20), for in the end what matters is that theology bring about obedience of faith among the nations, to the glory of God (16:25-27; the opening theme of 1:5)
Prophecy - Hence, likewise, here and there a shade of obscurity. As prophecy is so striking a proof of Deity, and is of so early a date, we may rest assured it was given for Wise and important ends. In this respect, as the world groweth older, it groweth Wiser
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The Wise and benevolent sentiments of these noble souls were imbibed by the whole congregation, and fifty thousand troubled hearts were calmed in a moment
Childhood - ’ In Mark and Luke this is followed by a further solemn saying—‘Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no Wise enter therein
Honorius, Flavius Augustus, Emperor - The Milanese entertained an affection for Honorius, and desired his return; but he had soon good reason to feel that his choice of residence had been a Wise one, both strategically and for his own comfort. ...
Honorius possessed no character except a timid docility, but with some natural goodness of heart or gentleness, otherwise he could not have continued to reign so disastrously for 28 years
Esther - Remember what the poor widow did with her two mites, and go and do likewise. They that be Wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever
Oracle - Their salutary effects are all mentioned; such as their converting the soul, making Wise the simple, rejoicing the heart, enlightening the eyes; and the keeping of them is connected with a great reward, Psalms 19. The demi-gods and heroes had likewise their oracles, such were those of Castor and Pollux at Lacedaemon, of Amphiaraus, of Mopsus in Cilicia, of Ulysses, Amphilochus, Sarpedon in Troas, Hermione in Macedonia, Pasiphae in Laconia, Chalcas in Italy, Aristaeus in Boeotia, Autolycus at Sinope, Phryxus among the Colchi, Zamolxis among the Getae, Hephaestion the minion of Alexander, and Antinous, &c. Middleton, in his "Examination," &c, replies, that he is guilty of this impiety, and that he thinks himself warranted to pronounce from the authority of the best and Wisest of the Heathens themselves, and the evidence of plain facts, which are recorded of those oracles, as well as from the nature of the thing itself, that they were all mere imposture, wholly invented and supported by human craft, without any supernatural aid or interpositon whatsoever. This likewise appears from Plutarch's treatise, why the oracles cease to give answers, already cited; whence it is also manifest, that the most learned Heathens were very much at a loss how to give a tolerable account of it
Old Testament - His resurrection, likewise, is that which was ‘foreseen’ by David in his protest against God’s ‘Holy One’ seeing corruption (Acts 2:25 ff. especially his speech to the Athenians); but his mind was so saturated with OT ideas, and the book itself was so manifestly the Word of God which made men ‘wise unto salvation’ (2 Timothy 3:15), that he could not withhold it from any nation. To circumvent its fatal effects, grace likewise entered (Romans 5:12 ff. ’ And all who have found liberty through Him, ‘with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror  the glory of the Lord,’ are able to trace that glory shining through the ancient Scriptures, and are likewise ‘transformed into the same image from glory to glory’ (2 Corinthians 3:12 ff. The fate of the rebellious Israelites is likewise held forth as a warning to Christian believers in Hebrews 3:12 ff
Proverbs - ‘Few of the most sagacious and Wise,’ says Plutarch (de Exil. ’...
There was another proverb: ‘Never be kind to a neighbour’s dog’ (μήποτʼ εὖ ἔρδειν γείτονος κύνα), otherwise put: ‘One who feeds a strange dog gets nothing but the rope to keep’ (ὃς κύνα τρέφει ξένον, τούτῳ μόνον λίνος μένει)
Quakers - ) from which they were given forth; and we hold with the apostle Paul, that they are able to make Wise unto salvation, through faith, which is in Christ Jesus, 2 Timothy 3:15
Teaching of Jesus - ...
The characteristic Greek term γνῶσις occurs in our Gospels only in Luke 1:77 ‘knowledge of salvation,’ and Luke 11:52 ‘the key of knowledge’ (see below); and the intellectual interest connoted by it, as also by ‘wisdom’ (σοφία) and ‘the Wise man, among the Greeks, is here quite absent (ἐπιστήμη does not occur at all)
Regeneration (2) - We have not found any suggestion of it in the words of Jesus, and, in point of fact, the only such suggestion to be found in the Synoptics is Matthew 18:3 ‘Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn (ἐὰν μὴ στραφῆτε), and become as little children, ye shall in no Wise enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (cf
Turning - is active and transitive—‘convert a sinner’); but otherwise it has substituted ‘turn’ for ‘convert’—a Wise course, in view of the fact that in modern religious speech ‘conversion’ has come to be used in a conventional sense that does not always correspond to the meaning of the original. So likewise at Antioch, when ‘a great number that believed turned unto the Lord’ (Acts 11:21); and when Paul and Barnabas preached to the people of Lystra that they should ‘turn from these vain things unto the living God’ (Acts 14:15); and again when the same Apostles passed through Phœnicia and Samaria ‘declaring the conversion of the Gentiles,’ and causing great joy unto all the brethren (Acts 15:3; see, further, Acts 15:19,Acts 26:18; Acts 26:20)
God - Moses thereupon pleaded with God to go personally with them, or otherwise not take them into Canaan at all. God is known in the Old Testament as the God of wisdom in the Torah and Prophets, but this attribute never receives the kind of emphasis it does among the Wise men (sages) and in the Wisdom Literature they produced (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes)
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Less than ever is it of service now to appeal to the Fourth Commandment as an authority in urging the due maintenance of the Lord’s Day; though, indeed, the Mosaic institution has its full value as a venerable exemplification of the naturally Wise provision for a weekly release from daily business and toil
Gnosticism - The Gnostic reasoned that the world which with all its order is yet so imperfect cannot be the work of God who is wholly good and all-wise; it must be the production of some far inferior being
Sirach - Where, however, an author acknowledges to composing an anthology and insists on the importance of learning by heart what Wise men have said, the chances of borrowing on his part where there is close correspondence in thought and expression are very great
Son of God - ‘In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the Wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes; even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight’ (Matthew 11:25 f. The promise, ‘Lo, I am with you alway,’ has likewise a parallel in Matthew 18:20 ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them
Arius, Followers of - But Athanasius was Wise and liberal enough to make overtures to the semi-Arians
Boyhood of Jesus - ...
‘Stand thou in the multitude of the elders;...
And whoso is Wise, cleave thou unto him,...
Be willing to listen to every godly discourse;...
And let not the proverbs of understanding escape thee. It is clear that He in nowise offended their prejudices on this occasion
Complacency - Luke record—Christ’s ascription of praise to the Father who ‘hid these things from the Wise and prudent, and revealed them unto babes’ (Matthew 11:25 ff
John, Epistles of - The sentences are easy for a child to read, their meaning is difficult for a Wise man fully to analyze
John, Gospel of - 160), however, we read, ‘For Christ also said, Except ye be born again, ye shall in no Wise enter into the kingdom of heaven,’ which would appear to imply, though it does not prove, an acquaintance with the Fourth Gospel
Julius (5), Bishop of Rome - But if he should think the bishops sufficient for terminating the business, he shall do what approves itself to his most Wise judgment
Revelation, the - Historically it represents the church after the departure of the Wise master-builder
Prayer - We should pray for the gift of utterance, and seek the blessing of the Spirit of God upon the use of proper means to obtain a treasure of expressions for prayer; for the Wise man tells us, that "the preparation of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord, " Proverbs 16:1 . We should likewise avoid length and obscurity in our sentences, and in the placing of our words; and not interline our expressions with too many parentheses, which cloud and entangle the sense
Revelation (2) - The truth is that, taken separately, spiritual experiences cannot be verified by any one except the recipient of them; but they cannot be dismissed as untrustworthy merely because some who claim to have enjoyed them are not very Wise
Sacrifice (2) - He realizes that it is offence at His humility and lowliness that keeps ‘the Wise and prudent’ from hearing His word, and that it is love to Him that draws the poor and despised and sin-laden to the knowledge of the Father and the doing of His will. ); and in the Epistle to the Romans the first place is certainly given to this doctrine; but justification is always conditioned by faith; Christ is never represented as reconciling God to us, but contrariwise, God through Christ reconciles the world to Himself; even our faith in Christ is useless except Christ be risen (1 Corinthians 15:17), i
Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy - ...
The prophets were neither especially precocious savants who could render Wise counsel at will nor were they mere automatons through whom God spoke as they remained in a zombie-like trance
Socialism - They are not to be found in the official documents of the preceding era:...
‘The Christian Church is bound, following the teaching of her Master, to aid every Wise endeavour which has for its object the material and the moral welfare of the poor
Apocrypha - Then wisdom is identified with understanding: ‘Whoso is Wise, cleave thou unto him’ (Sirach 6:34) … ‘If thou seest a man of understanding, get thee betimes unto him’ (Sirach 6:36)
Augustus (2) - Though the arrival of the Wise men from the East, with the inquiry as to the birth of ‘the King of the Jews,’ ‘troubled Herod’ and ‘all Jerusalem with him’ (Matthew 2:3), the commotion caused by their advent soon passed with the tyrant’s death in b
Divinity of Christ - Obviously it is gain to be able to review the doctrinal process and results of the past, to disentangle the Divine Truth from its temporary formulation, and to elaborate it anew in such Wise as will subserve the highest interests of men to-day, as well as do justice to its own ever fresh wealth of content
Law - But the manner in which this doctrine is taught displays such Wise accommodation to the capacity and character of the nation to whom it is addressed, as deserves to be carefully remarked. If he delegated to inferior beings the regulation of this inferior world; if all its concerns were conducted by their immediate agency, and all its blessings or calamities distributed by their immediate determination; it seemed rational, and even necessary, to supplicate their favour and submit to their authority; and neither unwise nor unsafe to neglect that Being, who, though all-perfect and supreme, would, on this supposition appear, with respect to mankind, altogether inoperative
Christianity - With Pagans the authority of moral rules was either the opinion of the Wise, or the tradition of the ancient, confirmed, it is true, in some degree, by observation and experience; but to us, they are given as commands immediately issuing from the supreme Governor, and ratified as his by the most solemn and explicit attestations
Moses - The king then called upon his Wise men and magicians, to know if they could do as much by the power of their gods, "and they did so with their enchantments; for they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents; but Aaron's rod swallowed up their serpents. There are touches of nature in the narrative which bespeak its truth, for it is not easy to regard them otherwise than as strokes from
Pharisees (2) - The Wise men were the good, and took the place of both prophet and priest
Poet - Many truths are too subtle and too far-reaching to be expressed otherwise; and it was inevitable that God should have chosen to make use of poetry in His supreme revelation. ...
It has been Wisely said that all children are poets, and indeed there is no poetry so pure as that of the naïveté of the little child. ...
Thus it came to pass that the Kingdom of God which He established was proclaimed as the Kingdom of the child (Matthew 19:14); He quoted a prophetic verse in confirmation of His saying that the praise of God was made perfect by passing through infant lips (Psalms 8:2,Matthew 21:16); He thanked His Father specially for revealing to the instinctive minds of babes, truths which were unattainable by the Wise and prudent (Luke 10:21); and, in the finest reference of all, He told how the angels of the children dwell in heaven, always beholding the face of the Father (Matthew 18:10). In the words, ‘Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer of them’ (Matthew 17:12), there is an almost intolerable pathos
Jerusalem (2) - It is highly improbable that they go back anything like as far as Solomon’s time, and the association of his name with any great and Wise work is so common in the East that the name ‘Solomon’s Pools’ means nothing
Augustinus, Aurelius - ) and a friend, a bishop, himself a convert from Manicheism, whom she entreated to argue with her son, while Wisely refusing her request, dismissed her with the words, "It cannot be that the son of those tears of yours should be lost. He tells us of a prize poem which won a crown in the theatre from the proconsul Vindicianus, a Wise old physician who convinced him (but see Conf
Desire - He prepared the way for the fuller analysis of pleasure and desire which we owe to Aristotle, for he showed that pleasures which accompany the active discharge of function are pleasant in themselves; the pleasures which are truly desirable are the pleasures of the Wise, all others are a shadow only (Rep. He seems to take for granted that the self-conscious self, in its conscious apprehension of objects as desirable, will always act Wisely, prudently, and rightly. But does not the self-conscious being, in making a choice, sometimes choose unwisely and wrongly? As Sidgwick points out, ‘It seems to me to be fundamentally important to distinguish between choice (even deliberate choice) and judgment as to choice-worthiness, since they may diverge’ (The Ethics of T
Authority of Christ - To put it otherwise, the truth which we owe to Jesus, and for which He is our authority, is not information; it is not a contribution to science, physical or historical—for this we are cast by God on our own resources; it is the truth which is identical with His own being and life in the world, which is embodied or incarnate in Him. ‘Ye shall not have gone through the cities of Israel till the Son of man be come’ (Matthew 10:23); ‘Verily I say unto you, there be some of them that stand here which shall in no Wise taste of death till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom’ (Matthew 16:28; cf
Fact And Theory - For example, Farrar maintains that any attempt to explain the nature of the Atonement is a ‘futile endeavour to be Wise above what is written, and to translate the language of emotion into that of rigid scholasticism
Chrysostom, John, Bishop of Constantinople - " Like Timothy at the knees of Eunice, "from a child" Chrysostom had learnt from his devout mother the things that were "able to make him Wise unto salvation," and his soul revolted at the contrast between the purity of the gospel standard and the baseness of the aims and viciousness of the practices prevalent in the profession he had chosen. For Constantinople, as a city whose imperial dignity was of modern creation, was not a metropolitan see, but subject ecclesiastically to the metropolitan of Heraclea (otherwise Perinthus), who was exarch of the province of Thrace
Eusebius of Caesarea - ) likewise connected with the Iconoclastic controversy. Agapius whose Wise forethought and untiring assiduity and openhanded benevolence he himself has recorded ( ib
Eutyches And Eutychianism - Whosoever asserts otherwise, him we exclude from the clergy and the church" (Mansi, vi. After declaring the sufficiency of the Wise and saving creed" of Nicaea and Constantinople, inasmuch as that creed taught "completely the perfect doctrine concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and fully explained the Incarnation of the Lord to those who received it faithfully," it goes on to admit that some "dare to corrupt the mystery of the Lord's Incarnation, others ( i
Babylon - "I will make drunken her princes and her Wise men, her captains and her rulers, and her mighty men, and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep," &c
Calvinism - Otherwise, he could not reject the distinction between will and permission, and avow the sentiment of St. And this is the decree of reprobation, which determines that God is, in no Wise, the author of sin, (which, to be thought of, in blasphemy,) but a tremendous, incomprehensible, just judge, and avenger
Jews - Herod, misled by the opinion, which was then common among the Jews, that the Messiah was to appear as the temporal prince, and judging from the inquiries of the Wise men of the east, that the child was actually born, sent to Bethlehem, and ordered that all the children of two years old and under should be put to death, with the hope of destroying one whom he considered as the rival of himself, or at least of his family. They have counted not only the large and small sections, the verses and the words, but even the letters in some of the books; and they have likewise reckoned which is the middle letter of the Pentateuch, which is the middle clause of each book, and how often each letter of the alphabet occurs in the Hebrew Scriptures
Inspiration - And although the full meaning of their own predictions was not understood by themselves, they will be acknowledged to be true prophets when the fulfilment comes to reflect light upon that language, which, for Wise purposes, was made dark at the time of its being put into their mouth
Synods - The Dutch churches forsook the communion of the corrupt church of Rome soon after the church of England had cast off the papal yoke: and they were generously aided in their endeavours to recover their civil and religious liberties by our good Queen Elizabeth and her Wise counsellors. It is justly observed by Le Vassor, "Some learned Hollanders had boldly defended this doctrine, before Arminius became a minister at Amsterdam and a professor at Leyden, and likewise before Gomarus had risen up against him
Nestorius And Nestorianism - " Such language was more enthusiastic than Wise. It was at least unwise to convert the members of four "denominations," as we should now call them, into bitter antagonists, and it was not very long before an occasion arose for them to display their hostility. It has been felt that the extent to which he carried his submission has left a stain on his otherwise high character