Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
and the man who gains understanding.
Whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord.
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might … but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord.” § The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. § In [Him] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. § Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. § Christ Jesus … became for us wisdom … and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. § He who wins souls is wise.
Prov. 3:13; 8:35; Jer. 9:23–24; Prov. 9:10; Phil. 3:7–8;
Col. 2:3; Prov. 8:14; 1 Cor. 1:30; Prov. 11:30
Poor, yet making many rich.
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. § Of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. § My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. § God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? § Not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.
We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
2 Cor. 6:10; 8:9; John 1:16; Phil. 4:19;
2 Cor. 9:8; James 2:5; 1 Cor. 1:26–27; 2 Cor. 4:7