and Moses was taught in all wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in words and in works.
Acts 7:22 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
In all the wisdom of the Egyptians - Who were, at that time, the most intelligent and best instructed people in the universe. Philo says, Moses was taught arithmetic, geometry, poetry, music, medicine, and the knowledge of hieroglyphics. In Sohar Cadash, fol. 46, it is said, "that, of the ten portions of wisdom which came into the world, the Egyptians had nine, and that all the inhabitants of the earth had only the remaining portion." Much of the same nature may be seen in the rabbins, though they apply the term wisdom here to magic.
Was mighty in words and in deeds - This may refer to the glorious doctrines he taught, and the miracles he wrought in Egypt. Josephus Ant. lib. ii. cap. 10, sect. 1, gives an account of his being general of an Egyptian army, defeating the Ethiopians, who had invaded Egypt, driving them back into their own country, and taking Saba their capital, which was afterwards called Meroe. But this, like many other tales of the same writer, is worthy of little credit.
Phoenix says the same of Achilles: -
Μυθων τε ῥητηρ' εμεναι, πρηκτηρα τε εργων.
Il. ix. v. 443.
Not only an orator of words, but a performer of deeds.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
2 Chronicles 9:22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
Isaiah 19:11 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say you to Pharaoh...
Daniel 1:4,17-20 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science...
Luke 24:19 And he said to them, What things? And they said to him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth...
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