Man is a creature who has free will, and it is by self-devised and self-checked efforts he will attain his full human stature.
There is no uncertainty when God makes a way for us; but every self-devised path must prove a path of doubt and hesitation.
They have merely reared a system of self-devised doctrine and idolatry, which they still defend.
But if your mixtures and self-devised snares are grievous to you, blame not God, but yourselves that made them.
So among the papists there are, besides the common ones, as many sorts of hypocrites as they have self-devised orders.
early 13c., "to form, fashion;" c.1300, "to plan, contrive," from Old French deviser "dispose in portions, arrange, plan, contrive" (in modern French, "to chat, gossip"), from Vulgar Latin *divisare, frequentative of Latin dividere "to divide" (see divide). Modern sense is from "to arrange a division" (especially via a will), a meaning present in the Old French word. Related: Devised; devising.