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Romans 1:22

22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

Read Romans 1:22 Using Other Translations

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.

What does Romans 1:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Romans 1:22

Professing themselves to be wise
The learned men among the Gentiles first called themselves (sofoi) , "Sophi", wise men: and afterwards, to cover their wretched pride and vanity, (filosofoi) , "Philosophers", lovers of wisdom; but notwithstanding all their arrogance, their large pretensions to wisdom, and boast of it

they became fools;
they appeared to be so; they showed themselves to be such in those very things they prided themselves with the knowledge of: as, for instance, Socrates, after he had asserted the unity of God, and is said to die a martyr for the truth; yet one of the last actions of his life was sacrificing a cock to Aesculapius, at least he desired his friend Crito to do it.

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