1 Corinthians 1:26
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New International Version
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

New Living Translation
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.

English Standard Version
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

Berean Study Bible
Brothers, 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.

Berean Literal Bible
For consider your calling, brothers, that not many were wise according to the flesh, not many powerful, not many of noble birth.

New American Standard Bible
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;

King James Bible
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth.

International Standard Version
Brothers, think about your own calling. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

NET Bible
Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position.

New Heart English Bible
For consider your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you see also your calling my brethren, that not many among you are wise in the flesh, neither are many among you mighty, neither are many among you children of a great family line.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, consider what you were when God called you to be Christians. Not many of you were wise from a human point of view. You were not in powerful positions or in the upper social classes.

New American Standard 1977
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For look upon your vocation, brothers, that ye are not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble,

King James 2000 Bible
For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

American King James Version
For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

American Standard Version
For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called :

Douay-Rheims Bible
For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:

Darby Bible Translation
For consider your calling, brethren, that [there are] not many wise according to flesh, not many powerful, not many high-born.

English Revised Version
For behold your calling, brethren, how that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Webster's Bible Translation
For ye see your calling, brethren, that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called:

Weymouth New Testament
For consider, brethren, God's call to you. Not many who are wise with merely human wisdom, not many of position and influence, not many of noble birth have been called.

World English Bible
For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble;

Young's Literal Translation
for see your calling, brethren, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:26-31 God did not choose philosophers, nor orators, nor statesmen, nor men of wealth, and power, and interest in the world, to publish the gospel of grace and peace. He best judges what men and what measures serve the purposes of his glory. Though not many noble are usually called by Divine grace, there have been some such in every age, who have not been ashamed of the gospel of Christ; and persons of every rank stand in need of pardoning grace. Often, a humble Christian, though poor as to this world, has more true knowledge of the gospel, than those who have made the letter of Scripture the study of their lives, but who have studied it rather as the witness of men, than as the word of God. And even young children have gained such knowledge of Divine truth as to silence infidels. The reason is, they are taught of God; the design is, that no flesh should glory in his presence. That distinction, in which alone they might glory, was not of themselves. It was by the sovereign choice and regenerating grace of God, that they were in Jesus Christ by faith. He is made of God to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption; all we need, or can desire. And he is made wisdom to us, that by his word and Spirit, and from his fulness and treasures of wisdom and knowledge, we may receive all that will make us wise unto salvation, and fit for every service to which we are called. We are guilty, liable to just punishment; and he is made righteousness, our great atonement and sacrifice. We are depraved and corrupt, and he is made sanctification, that he may in the end be made complete redemption; may free the soul from the being of sin, and loose the body from the bonds of the grave. And this is, that all flesh, according to the prophecy by Jeremiah, Jer 9:23-24, may glory in the special favour, all-sufficient grace, and precious salvation of Jehovah.
Study Bible
Wisdom from 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. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.…
Cross References
Job 37:24
"Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise of heart."

Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus declared, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

Romans 11:29
For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable.

1 Corinthians 1:20
Where 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?

1 Corinthians 2:8
None of the rulers of this age understood it. For if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Treasury of Scripture

For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

that.

1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of …

1 Corinthians 2:3-6,13 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling…

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leave in the middle of you an afflicted and poor people, …

Matthew 11:25,26 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, …

John 7:47-49 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are you also deceived…

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

not many mighty.

Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all …

Luke 18:24,25 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly …

John 4:46-53 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water …

John 19:38,39 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but …

Acts 13:7,12 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent …

Acts 17:34 However, certain men joined to him, and believed: among the which …

Philippians 4:22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.

James 1:9-11 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted…

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

2 John 1:1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the …

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