1 Corinthians 1:25
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New International Version
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

New Living Translation
This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God's weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

English Standard Version
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

New American Standard Bible
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

King James Bible
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

International Standard Version
For God's nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

NET Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the madness of God is wiser than humans and the weakness of God is stronger than humans.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God's nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For that which is foolish of God is wiser than men, and that which is weak of God is stronger than men.

King James 2000 Bible
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

American King James Version
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

American Standard Version
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Darby Bible Translation
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

English Revised Version
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Weymouth New Testament
Because that which the world deems foolish in God is wiser than men's wisdom, and that which it deems feeble in God is mightier than men's might.

World English Bible
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Young's Literal Translation
because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - The foolishness of God... the weakness of God; the method, that is, whereby God works, and which men take to be foolish and weak, because with arrogant presumption they look upon themselves as the measure of all things. But God achieves the mightiest ends by the humblest means, and the gospel of Christ allied itself from the first, not with the world's strength and splendour, but with all which the world despised as mean and feeble - with fishermen and tax gatherers, with slaves, and women, and artizans. The lesson was specially needful to the Corinthians, whom Cicero describes ('De Leg. Age,' 2:32) as "famous, not only for their luxuriousness, but also for their wealth and philosophic culture."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Because the foolishness of God,.... Not that there is any such thing as "foolishness" in God, nor the least degree of weakness in him; but the apostle means that which the men of the world esteem so, and therefore, by an ironical concession, calls it by those names; by which is intended either Christ, who, as crucified, is counted foolishness; yet he "is wiser than men": yea, even than Solomon, who was wiser than all men besides; Christ is greater than he in wisdom, having all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in him; yea, in redemption by the blood of his cross, which is accounted such an egregious instance of folly, there is such a display of wisdom as surpasses all the wisdom of men and angels: and though he is, as crucified, esteemed as

the weakness of God, yet in this respect,

is stronger than men; stronger than the strong man armed; and has done that by his own arm, has brought salvation for his people, which neither men nor angels could ever have done: or all this may be understood of the Gospel of Christ, which is condemned as folly and weakness, and yet has infinitely more wisdom in it, than is to be found in the best concerted schemes of the wisest philosophers; and has had a greater influence on the minds and manners of men than theirs ever had; it is the manifold wisdom of God, and the power of God unto salvation. Moreover, these words may be applied to the saints, called in 1 Corinthians 1:27.

the foolish and weak things of the world; and yet even these, in the business of salvation, how foolish soever they may be in other respects, are wiser than the wisest of men destitute of the grace of God; and however weak they are in themselves, in their own esteem, and in the account of others, they are able to do and suffer such things, through the strength of Christ that no other men in the world are able to perform or endure. The phrases here used seem to be a sort of proverbial ones; and the sense of them is, that whatever, in things divine and spiritual, has the appearance of folly and weakness, or is judged to be so by carnal men, is wiser and stronger not only than the wisdom and strength of men, but than men themselves with all their wisdom and strength. It is very likely, that proverbial expressions of this kind, with a little alteration, were used by the Jews. The advice the young men gave to Rehoboam is thus paraphrased by the Targumist (o), , "my weakness is stronger than the strength of my father"; which is very near the same with the last clause of this verse,

(o) In 2 Chron. 10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. foolishness of God—that is, God's plan of salvation which men deem "foolishness."

weakness of God—Christ "crucified through weakness" (2Co 13:4, the great stumbling-block of the Jews), yet "living by the power of God." So He perfects strength out of the weakness of His servants (1Co 2:3; 2Co 12:9).

1 Corinthians 1:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Foolish to Shame the Wise
25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:18
For 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.

1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

1 Corinthians 2:14
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

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

2 Corinthians 13:4
For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him in our dealing with you.
Treasury of Scripture

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

the foolishness.

1 Corinthians 1:18,27-29 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …

Exodus 13:17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God …

Exodus 14:2-4 Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before …

Joshua 6:2-5 And the LORD said to Joshua, See, I have given into your hand Jericho, …

Judges 7:2-8 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people that are with you are too …

Judges 15:15,16 And he found a new jawbone of an donkey, and put forth his hand, …

1 Samuel 17:40-51 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones …

1 Kings 20:14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus said the LORD, Even by …

Zechariah 4:6,7 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the …

Zechariah 12:7,8 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first…

Romans 11:33-36 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

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