1 Corinthians 3:18
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New International Version
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become "fools" so that you may become wise.

New Living Translation
Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world's standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise.

English Standard Version
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

New American Standard Bible
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.

King James Bible
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No one should deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise.

International Standard Version
Let no one deceive himself. If any of you thinks he is wise in the ways of this world, he must become a fool to become really wise.

NET Bible
Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let no man deceive himself; whoever among you thinks that he is wise in this world, let him become a fool that he may be wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise in the ways of this world, you should give up that wisdom in order to become really wise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you seems to be wise in this age, let them become a fool that they may be wise.

King James 2000 Bible
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

American King James Version
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

American Standard Version
Let no man deceive himself. If any man thinketh that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let no man deceive himself: if any man among you seem to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

Darby Bible Translation
Let no one deceive himself: if any one thinks himself to be wise among you in this world, let him become foolish, that he may be wise.

English Revised Version
Let no man deceive himself. If any man thinketh that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

Weymouth New Testament
Let no one deceive himself. If any man imagines that he is wise, compared with the rest of you, with the wisdom of the present age, let him become "foolish" so that he may be wise.

World English Bible
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.

Young's Literal Translation
Let no one deceive himself; if any one doth seem to be wise among you in this age -- let him become a fool, that he may become wise,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:18-23 To have a high opinion of our own wisdom, is but to flatter ourselves; and self-flattery is the next step to self-deceit. The wisdom that wordly men esteem, is foolishness with God. How justly does he despise, and how easily can he baffle and confound it! The thoughts of the wisest men in the world, have vanity, weakness, and folly in them. All this should teach us to be humble, and make us willing to be taught of God, so as not to be led away, by pretences to human wisdom and skill, from the simple truths revealed by Christ. Mankind are very apt to oppose the design of the mercies of God. Observe the spiritual riches of a true believer; All are yours, even ministers and ordinances. Nay, the world itself is yours. Saints have as much of it as Infinite Wisdom sees fit for them, and they have it with the Divine blessing. Life is yours, that you may have a season and opportunity to prepare for the life of heaven; and death is yours, that you may go to the possession of it. It is the kind messenger to take you from sin and sorrow, and to guide you to your Father's house. Things present are yours, for your support on the road; things to come are yours, to delight you for ever at your journey's end. If we belong to Christ, and are true to him, all good belongs to us, and is sure to us. Believers are the subjects of his kingdom. He is Lord over us, we must own his dominion, and cheerfully submit to his command. God in Christ, reconciling a sinful world to himself, and pouring the riches of his grace on a reconciled world, is the sum and substance of the gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Let no man deceive himself. Like the other formula, "Be not deceived" (1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Galatians 6:7); "Deceive not yourselves" (Jeremiah 37:9); "Let no man deceive you" (Marl 24:4; Luke 21:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; Ephesians 5:6; 1 John 3:7). We are so liable to self deception (1 John 1:8; Galatians 6:3), as well as to being deceived by others (2 Timothy 3:13), that there was need to repeat this warning incessantly. Seemeth to be wise; rather, thinketh that he is wise. He is referring specially to the Apollos party, who vaunted their esoteric knowledge, and so were "wise in their own eyes, prudent in their own conceits" (Isaiah 5:21).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let no man deceive himself,.... With vain notions of serving God and religion, and of doing the churches good by his carnal and worldly wisdom, and with false hopes of escaping the vengeance of God for sowing the tares of error, heresy, and discord among his people.

If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world; either a member of them, or a preacher among them, who thought himself wise in worldly wisdom; or was desirous to be thought so by others; or would be a truly wise man in this world, whilst he lives in it, and before he goes out of it:

let him become a fool that he may be wise; not that, properly speaking, folly is the way to wisdom; but that that man that would be wise in a spiritual sense, must first learn to know himself; must be convinced of, and acknowledge his own folly, embrace the Gospel of Christ, which is esteemed foolishness by the world; submit to the ordinances of Christ, which are despised by men; and take up the cross of Christ, and follow him, bear reproach and persecution for his sake, than which nothing is more ridiculous with carnal men: he must deny his worldly wisdom, his carnal and righteous self, and wholly rest and rely on Christ, and his righteousness, for eternal life and happiness, and so will he become truly wise unto salvation. The Jews (p) have a saying,

"that everyone , "that makes himself a fool", for the words of the law, at the end, shall be exalted.''

(p) Raya Mehimua in Zohar in Numb. fol. 104. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. seemeth—that is, is, and is regarded by himself and others.

wise in this world—wise in mere worldly wisdom (1Co 1:20).

let him become a fool—by receiving the Gospel in its unworldly simplicity, and so becoming a fool in the world's sight [Alford]. Let him no longer think himself wise, but seek the true wisdom from God, bringing his understanding into captivity to the obedience of faith [Estius].

1 Corinthians 3:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
You are God's Temple
17If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.
Cross References
Isaiah 5:21
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

Matthew 13:22
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 1:20
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for God's temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

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!

1 Corinthians 8:2
Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.

Galatians 6:3
If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.
Treasury of Scripture

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

deceive.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Proverbs 5:7 Hear me now therefore, O you children, and depart not from the words …

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he …

Jeremiah 37:9 Thus said the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans …

Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that you be not deceived: for many shall come …

Galatians 6:3,7 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he …

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things …

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

James 1:22,26 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …

1 Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are …

1 Corinthians 8:1,2 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

Proverbs 3:5,7 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding…

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Jeremiah 8:8 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? …

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

let.

Matthew 18:4 Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the …

Mark 10:15 Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God …

Luke 18:17 Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God …

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