1 Corinthians 1:19
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New International Version
For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

New Living Translation
As the Scriptures say, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent."

English Standard Version
For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Berean Study Bible
For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

Berean Literal Bible
For it has been written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; and the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

New American Standard Bible
For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE."

King James Bible
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the understanding of the experts.

International Standard Version
For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will reject."

NET Bible
For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For it is written: “I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I shall take away the opinions of the intelligent.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Scripture says, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will reject the intelligence of intelligent people."

New American Standard 1977
For it is written,
            “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
            AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”



Jubilee Bible 2000
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

King James 2000 Bible
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

American King James Version
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

American Standard Version
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent I will reject.

Darby Bible Translation
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and set aside the understanding of the understanding ones.

English Revised Version
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the prudence of the prudent will I reject.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Weymouth New Testament
For so it stands written, "I will exhibit the nothingness of the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nought."

World English Bible
For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, I will bring the discernment of the discerning to nothing."

Young's Literal Translation
for it hath been written, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nought;'

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:17-25 Paul had been bred up in Jewish learning; but the plain preaching of a crucified Jesus, was more powerful than all the oratory and philosophy of the heathen world. This is the sum and substance of the gospel. Christ crucified is the foundation of all our hopes, the fountain of all our joys. And by his death we live. The preaching of salvation for lost sinners by the sufferings and death of the Son of God, if explained and faithfully applied, appears foolishness to those in the way to destruction. The sensual, the covetous, the proud, and ambitious, alike see that the gospel opposes their favourite pursuits. But those who receive the gospel, and are enlightened by the Spirit of God, see more of God's wisdom and power in the doctrine of Christ crucified, than in all his other works. God left a great part of the world to follow the dictates of man's boasted reason, and the event has shown that human wisdom is folly, and is unable to find or retain the knowledge of God as the Creator. It pleased him, by the foolishness of preaching, to save them that believe. By the foolishness of preaching; not by what could justly be called foolish preaching. But the thing preached was foolishness to wordly-wise men. The gospel ever was, and ever will be, foolishness to all in the road to destruction. The message of Christ, plainly delivered, ever has been a sure touchstone by which men may learn what road they are travelling. But the despised doctrine of salvation by faith in a crucified Saviour, God in human nature, purchasing the church with his own blood, to save multitudes, even all that believe, from ignorance, delusion, and vice, has been blessed in every age. And the weakest instruments God uses, are stronger in their effects, than the strongest men can use. Not that there is foolishness or weakness in God, but what men consider as such, overcomes all their admired wisdom and strength.
Study Bible
The Message of the Cross
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:14
Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; And the wisdom of their wise men will perish, And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed."

Jeremiah 10:7
Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? Indeed it is Your due! For among all the wise men of the nations And in all their kingdoms, There is none like You.

1 Corinthians 4:6
Brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us not to go beyond what is written. Then you will not take pride in one man over another.

1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored.
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