English Standard Version
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
King James Bible
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
American Standard Version
Who is wise and understanding among you? let him show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.
Who is a wise man, and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew, by a good conversation, his work in the meekness of wisdom.
English Revised Version
Who is wise and understanding among you? let him shew by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom.
Webster's Bible Translation
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show by a good deportment his works with meekness of wisdom.
Weymouth New Testament
Which of you is a wise and well-instructed man? Let him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Wise and endued with knowledge (σοφός καὶ ἐκπισπήμων)
A rendering needlessly verbose, yet substantially correct. Probably no very nice distinction was intended by the writer. It is somewhat difficult to fix the precise sense of σοφός, since there is no uniformity in its usage in the New Testament. In classical Greek it primarily means skilled in a handicraft or art. Thence it runs into the sense of clever, in matters of common life, worldly wise. Then, in the hands of the philosophers, it acquires the sense of learned in the sciences; and, ironically, abstruse, subtle, obscure, like the English cunning, which originally meant knowing or skilful, and is often used in that sense in the English Bible (see Genesis 25:27; 1 Samuel 16:16).
In the New Testament σοφός is used - 1. In the original classical sense, skilled in handicraft (1 Corinthians 3:10). 2. Accomplished in letters, learned (Romans 1:14, Romans 1:22; 1 Corinthians 1:19, 1 Corinthians 1:26; 1 Corinthians 3:18). So of the Jewish theologians and doctors (Matthew 11:25), and of Christian teachers (Matthew 23:34). 3. In a practical sense, of the practice of the law of piety and honesty; so Ephesians 5:15, where it is joined with walking circumspectly, and 1 Corinthians 6:5, where it is represented as the quality adapted to adjust differences in the church. 4. In the higher, philosophical sense, of devising the best counsels and employing the best means to carry them out. So of God, Romans 16:27; 1 Timothy 1:17; Jde 1:25; 1 Corinthians 1:25. In this passage the word appears to be used in the sense of 3: practical wisdom in pious living.
Ἐπιστήμων occurs only here in the New Testament. In classical Greek it is often used like σοφός, in the sense of skilled, versed; and by the philosophers in the higher sense of scientifically versed, in which sense it is opposed by Plato to δοξαστής, a mere conjecturer. In this passage σοφός would seem to be the broader, more general, and perhaps more dignified term of the two, as denoting the habit or quality, while ἐπιστήμων indicates the special development and intelligent application of the quality to particular things. The Rev., wise and understanding, gives the distinction, on the whole, as nearly as is necessary.
See on 1 Peter 1:15.
Meekness of wisdom
On meekness, see on Matthew 5:5. The meekness which is the proper attribute of wisdom.
"Knowledge is proud that she has learned so much,
Wisdom is humble that she knows no more."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
1 Peter 1:15
but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
1 Peter 2:12
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
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