1 Corinthians 8:2

And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
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AD 400
Only when a person has love can he be said to know as he ought to know. Commentary on Paul’s Epistles.

Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
And if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. He who is puffed up at the thought that he knows something, knows not yet the end, use and measure of knowledge. Knowledge is given to cause humility, to enable us to benefit all that we can, to stand in the way of no one, to cause offence to no one, that so we may be known and loved by God. He is pointing at those who displayed their knowledge about the nature of idol sacrifices, by eating of them, though it were an offence to the untaught. S. Bernard, in explaining this passage (Serm36 in Cantic.) says beautifully: "You see that he gives no praise to him that knoweth many things, if he is ignorant of the measure of knowing. That measure is to know the order, the zeal, and the end with which we should seek knowledge. The order is to seek that first which is more conducive to salvation. The zeal we should show is in seeking that more eagerly which makes us love more vehemently. The end of knowle...

Cyprian of Carthage

AD 258
And again: "If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet in what manner he ought to know."

John Chrysostom

AD 407
But if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. This is a mortal blow. I dwell not, says he, on the knowledge being common to all. I say not that by hating your neighbor and by arrogance, you injure yourself most. But even though you have it by yourself alone, though you be modest, though you love your brother, even in this case you are imperfect in regard of knowledge. For as yet you know nothing as you ought to know, Now if we possess as yet exact knowledge of nothing, how is it that some have rushed on to such a pitch of frenzy as to say that they know God with all exactness? Whereas, though we had an exact knowledge of all other things, not even so were it possible to possess this knowledge to such an extent. For how far He is apart from all things, it is impossible even to say. And mark how he pulls down their swelling pride: for he said not, of the matters before us you have not the proper knowledge, but, about every thing. And he did no...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Whatever knowledge we may have, it is still imperfect. How is it then that some people claim to have a full and precise knowledge of God? Where God is concerned, we cannot even say just how wrong our perception of him is.

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
Who also "thought that they knew somewhat, whereas they knew not yet anything, as they ought to know.". And, "If any thinks himself to know, he knoweth not yet how it behaves him to know I"

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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