The natural ability to acquire knowledge and to learn skills. It is not emphasised in Scripture because wisdom is viewed primarily in spiritual and moral terms. Human cleverness proves ultimately futile; nevertheless, believers are called to develop and use their minds to the full in God’s service and to dedicate gifts and abilities to him.
Ge 41:46-49 God uses Joseph’s administrative skill; Ex 31:2-6 pp Ex 35:30-35 Craftsmen use artistic expertise; 1Ki 7:13-14 pp 2Ch 2:13-14 Huram does work in bronze for Solomon’s temple; 2Ch 26:15 Skilful men design machines for the defence of Jerusalem; Da 5:13-14 Daniel’s intelligence aids his witness in the Babylonian court; Lk 1:3-4 Luke’s thorough research owes something to his medical training.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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