Supposed contradiction and verses:
Is it folly to be wise or not?
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
1st Corinthians 1:19
"For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the
wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the
In Proverbs Solomon is speaking and plainly saying we should seek wisdom. He adds to it to have understanding. Someone can be book-smart and have knowledge of how something is done, but no practical sense to use it. Wisdom is a good thing, particularly wisdom in Godís Word.
Now does the verse in Ecclesiastes contradict that? First off, the verse does not say anything about not gaining wisdom, only what the outcome of that wisdom can produce. Why would it produce sorrow and grief? As we gain knowledge, we can look back in life and see the mistakes we have made. Those things cause us sorrow. With knowledge we also learn more about the wicked ways of the world, the lies that fill the teachings in our schools, as well as just how small we really are. This verse simply is telling us that wisdom will show us the errors of our ways, and if you have a lick of sense to understand it, that it can cause sorrow.
The final verse in Corinthians simply is showing that in the end, man will be shown that individually, or the collective human race, is nowhere near as smart as they think they are. Those who tout Evolution, those who say there is no God, or those who worship false gods, they fall into this boat. What they felt was boastful wisdom that they justified their actions will be shown to be utter stupidity. Those who think their wisdom is not unmatchable will be shown just how little they really know.
In His Grace,
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