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13 He taketh [lakad] the wise [chakam] in their own craftiness [`orem]: and the counsel [`etsah]
of the froward [pathal] is carried headlong [mahar]. KJV-Interlinear
13 'He captures the wise by their own shrewdness And the
advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted. NASB
who ignore God, Christ, and doctrine, become the victims of their own devices. Those who ignore God, Christ, and doctrine
are by default subscribers of disobedience to truth.
wise and the cunning can apply to anyone who has ever been born. You do not have to be a con artist, a swindler,
imposter, quack, or a pretender to fall within this description. You do not have to be a political leader,
celebrity, professor, scientist, instructor, or anyone of notoriety to fall
within this description. You do not have
to be anyone of renown, or position in order to fall within this description.
fact you can be any John or Jane Doe boyfriend, or girlfriend, or neighbor, or
social club member, or office worker, or anyone alive, and be included within
the description, wise or cunning.
wisdom simply means intelligence, or one with the ability to reason or
think. That doesn't mean that you
reasoning or thinking abilities are correct.
You just have the ability to consider things and draw conclusions. 'Joe is tall.
Professional basketball players are tall. Joe is basketball player.' A thought that seems reasonable, but if you
add other facts, such as Joe being a gorilla, then the conclusion falls apart.
wisdom runs a broad gamut of thinking, from a man wanting to be a woman, to the
universe beginning with a big bang, to witches should be burned. Humanity can rationalize virtually anything
when truth is absent from the thought process.
And people will flock by the billions to an idea when truth is excluded
from their thinking. That is how
religions begin and continue. That is
how crime and tyranny begin and continue.
'cunning' can include the sly, the crafty, the shrewd, the clever, the sharp,
or the perceptive. In fact this too can
include anyone who pursues a life for themselves in this world, while at the
same time excluding or ignoring God, Christ, and doctrine from their lives.
plodding along at your eight to five job, while at the same time being
indifferent toward God, tells God that you can make a life on your own, without
His help. In fact your perpetual pursuit
of a life, maintaining indifference toward God, suggests that you can do things
better than God.
you exclude God, by whatever means, either through indifference, apathy, by
pretense, or substitution, or even by active hate against God, then you are
saying that you are cunning enough to get through life on your own.
jerk boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife can be untruthful toward their
opposite in the most common of human activities, and just how is that any
different for anyone who plays games with God.
is hinting that Job tried to be wise or cunning in his life, trying to fool
everyone, but God found him out and he is now paying the price for his
is not the case for Job, but it is the most common case with people in general
think that you can get by in life without God in your life.
think that any success you might be enjoying, is due to your own intelligence,
effort, or cleverness.
think that you can blame your way out of your problems, refusing to ever take
responsibility for what you have done in life.
think that you can complain your way out of your problems, just because they
weren't your fault.
is only one source of truth, one source of valid counsel, only one source that
sustains life, and it doesn't come from this world, or from you.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.