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Romans 1:22

"Professing to be wise, they became fools," (NASB)

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools," (KJV)

"Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools." (NLT)

Professing themselves to be wise - This was the common boast of the philosophers of antiquity.  The very word by which they chose to be called, “philosophers,” means literally “lovers of wisdom.” (Barnes)  This is also our boast of today.  How many of us think that we know? A short walk through the halls of our institutions of national government reveal 565 opposing opinions. The reality is that as humankind we don't care much about right, we just want to win the argument.  This boasting about our wisdom is not a new thing!

Rom 1:14 "I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish." (NASB)

1 Cor 1:19-22 "For it is written, 'I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.' Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;" (NASB)

1 Cor 3:19 "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, 'He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS;'" (NASB)

2 Cor 11:19 "For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly." (NASB)

G3471
μωραι?νω
mo?raino?

Thayer Definition:
1) to be foolish, to act foolishly
2a) to make foolish
2a1) to prove a person or a thing foolish
2b) to make flat and tasteless
2b1) of salt that has lost its strength and flavor
Part of Speech: verb

Mat 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become3471 tasteless3471, how, can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men."

To be called foolish by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is to be made nothing!  It is from this nothingness that I have been purchased by the precious blood of the Savior.  He sought me when I was not seeking Him.  He bought me when I was deep in sin.  He cleansed me and calls me His friend.

Romans 1:22

"Professing to be wise, they became fools," (NASB)

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools," (KJV)

"Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools." (NLT)

Professing themselves to be wise - This was the common boast of the philosophers of antiquity.  The very word by which they chose to be called, “philosophers,” means literally “lovers of wisdom.” (Barnes)  This is also our boast of today.  How many of us think that we know? A short walk through the halls of our institutions of national government reveal 565 opposing opinions. The reality is that as humankind we don't care much about right, we just want to win the argument.  This boasting about our wisdom is not a new thing!

Rom 1:14 "I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish." (NASB)

1 Cor 1:19-22 "For it is written, 'I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.' Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;" (NASB)

1 Cor 3:19 "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, 'He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS;'" (NASB)

2 Cor 11:19 "For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly." (NASB)

G3471
μωραι?νω
mo?raino?

Thayer Definition:
1) to be foolish, to act foolishly
2a) to make foolish
2a1) to prove a person or a thing foolish
2b) to make flat and tasteless
2b1) of salt that has lost its strength and flavor
Part of Speech: verb

Mat 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become3471 tasteless3471, how, can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men."

To be called foolish by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is to be made nothing!  It is from this nothingness that I have been purchased by the precious blood of the Savior.  He sought me when I was not seeking Him.  He bought me when I was deep in sin.  He cleansed me and calls me His friend.



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