一 所有的人都有本能的求知欲（传 1 ： 13 ），但是若不敬畏上帝，知识于你有何益呢？实在说来，服事上帝的谦卑农夫，远胜于一个忽略了自己却致力于研究“天道”的骄傲的哲学家。无论何人，认识自己越清楚，就必定越自卑，也不因他人的称赞而沾沾自喜。即使我明白世上一切事情，却没有爱，那将在按我们的行为审判我的上帝眼中，毫无用处。
二 要制止过度的求知欲，因为在其中包含着许多烦忧和欺骗。读书人每每喜欢向人炫耀他的博学，而且喜欢被人称为有智慧（林前 8 ： 1 ）。有许多事物，知道了对于灵性仅有很少、甚至毫无益处，所以不智的人总是注意其他的事情，却少关心能拯救他们的灵魂的事。长篇言语不能使人心灵饱足，只有道德的生活才能安慰你的心，洁净的良心才是信靠上帝的确据。
Having a Humble Opinion of Self 1
EVERY man naturally desires knowledge（Ecclesiastes 1:13）; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars. He who knows himself well becomes mean in his own eyes and is not happy when praised by men. If I knew all things in the world and had not charity, what would it profit me before God Who will judge me by my deeds?
Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise （1 Corinthians 8:1）. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise.Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God.
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