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Verse 22

Professing themselves to be wise ,.... The learned men among the Gentiles first called themselves σοφοι , "Sophi", wise men: and afterwards, to cover their wretched pride and vanity, φιλοσοφοι , "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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