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5956 strength, human

5956 strength, human

All human strength derives from God. Among non-believers, strength may become a source of arrogant self-confidence, the oppression of others or rebellion against God.

The strength of the ungodly

Physical prowess 1Sa 17:4-10 See also Nu 13:31-33

Intelligence 1Co 1:22 The Gentile world relies on fallen reason rather than revelation. See also Ac 17:19-21,32; Col 2:8

Political and military might Ps 20:7 See also Ge 10:8-12; Ps 33:16; Isa 31:1; Isa 36:18-20

Prosperity Ps 49:6 See also Jer 49:4; Lk 12:18-19; 1Ti 6:17

The ultimate futility of human strength

1Co 1:25 See also 2Ch 32:7-8; Ps 49:17; Ps 146:3; Ecc 5:15; Isa 30:1-3; Lk 12:20; 1Co 1:19-20; 1Co 2:6; 1Ti 6:7; Jas 1:11

Negative consequences of human strength

Arrogant self-confidence Ge 11:4 See also 1Sa 17:41-44; Ps 52:1 Boasting betrays the source of people’s confidence; Isa 36:8-9; Da 4:30; Lk 18:9-12; Gal 6:13; Php 3:3

Violence and oppression Ps 52:7 See also Ge 4:23-24; Ex 1:11-14; Ex 5:10-14; Jdg 6:2,6; Ps 37:14; Ps 73:3-8; Isa 5:8; Jas 5:4-6

The physical strength of some godly men

2Sa 23:20 pp 1Ch 11:22 Benaiah; 1Ch 11:20-21 Abishai; Heb 11:32-34

See also

5441philosophy
5457power, human
6121boasting
6221rebellion
8030trust
8203character
8219courage
8790oppression
8794persecution
8820self-confidence

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