13 -18 Have you ever known anyone who claimed to be wise but acted foolishly? True wisdom can be measured by the depth of one's character. As you can identify a tree by the type of fruit it produces, you can evaluate your wisdom by the way you act. Foolishness leads to disorder, but wisdom leads to peace and goodness.
14-15 Bitter envy and selfish ambition are inspired by the devil. It is so easy for us to be drawn into wrong desires by the pressures of society and sometimes even by well-meaning christians. By listening to the advices . "Assert yourself," "Go for it," "Set high goals," we can be drawn into greed and destructive competitiveness. Seeking God's wisdom delivers us from the need to compare ourselves to others and desiring what they have.