He frustrates the schemes of the crafty so that they achieve no success.
He traps the wise in their craftiness so that the plans of the deceptive are quickly brought to an end.
But a stupid man will gain understanding as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!
He deprives trusted advisers of speech and takes away the elders' good judgment.
"If you were blind," Jesus told them, "you wouldn't have sin. But now that you say, 'We see'-- your sin remains.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools
Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rest in the law, and boast in God,
and know His will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law,
and are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness,
an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having in the law the full expression of knowledge and truth--
you then, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach, "You must not steal"-- do you steal?
You who say, "You must not commit adultery"-- do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob their temples?
You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
For circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
Therefore if an uncircumcised man keeps the law's requirements, will his uncircumcision not be counted as circumcision?
A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who fulfills the law, will judge you who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter [of the law] and circumcision.
For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and [true] circumcision is not something visible in the flesh.
On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart-- by the Spirit, not the letter. His praise is not from men but from God.
No one should deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written: He catches the wise in their craftiness--
and again, The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are futile.
He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and judgments to Israel.
Though I were to write out for him ten thousand points of My law, they would be regarded as something alien.
he does not have to honor his father.' In this way, you have revoked God's word because of your tradition.
in vain, etc
Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers.
Woe to those enacting crooked statutes and writing oppressive laws
to keep the poor from getting a fair trial and to deprive the afflicted among my people of justice, so that widows can be their spoil and they can plunder the fatherless.