Should we acquire wisdom or not?

1 Corinthians 1:19 and Proverbs 4:7

  1. (Proverbs 4:7) - "The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get understanding.
  2. (1 Corinthians 1:19) - "For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside."

Context is vital here.  Proverbs 4:7 is simply stating that a person, on the human level, needs to acquire wisdom.  It is good to seek to be wise.  Solomon is teaching his son, who is a believer in God and His word, to avoid foolishness and seek wisdom. Of course, true wisdom is acquired from God's word.

The context of 1 Corinthians 1:19 deals with comparing the wisdom of God with the wisdom of man.  Paul writes that the wisdom of man is foolishness compared to the wisdom of God.  It will be destroyed.  In other words, the unbelievers who try to defy God or proclaim that God is not true or that the Bible is not true will all be proven false.  This will either happen in this life or on the day of judgment.


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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.