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.

Berean Study Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

Berean Literal Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God 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.

New American Standard 1977
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

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;
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
24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. 26Brothers, consider the time of your calling: Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were powerful; not many were of noble birth.…
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 natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

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.

2 Corinthians 13:4
For He was indeed crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God's power. And though we are weak in Him, yet by God's power we will live with Him to serve 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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