1 Corinthians 3:19
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New International Version
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness";

New Living Translation
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, "He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness."

English Standard Version
For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”

Berean Study Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness."

Berean Literal Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it has been written: "He is the One catching the wise in their craftiness."

New American Standard Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS";

King James Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written: He catches the wise in their craftiness;

International Standard Version
For the wisdom of this world is nonsense in God's sight. For it is written, "He catches the wise with their own trickery,"

NET Bible
For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, "He catches the wise in their craftiness."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the wisdom of this world is nonsense to God, for it is written: “He has seized the wise in their craftiness.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wisdom of this world is nonsense in God's sight. That's why Scripture says, "God catches the wise in their cleverness."

New American Standard 1977
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.

King James 2000 Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.

American King James Version
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.

American Standard Version
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He that taketh the wise in their craftiness:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written: I will catch the wise in their own craftiness.

Darby Bible Translation
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God; for it is written, He who takes the wise in their craftiness.

English Revised Version
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He that taketh the wise in their craftiness:

Webster's Bible Translation
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Weymouth New Testament
This world's wisdom is "foolishness" in God's sight; for it is written, "He snares the wise with their own cunning."

World English Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He has taken the wise in their craftiness."

Young's Literal Translation
for the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, for it hath been written, 'Who is taking the wise in their craftiness;'
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Worldly Wisdom
18Let no one deceive himself. If any of you thinks he is wise in this age, he should become a fool, so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” 20And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”…
Cross References
Job 5:13
"He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.

Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.

Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.

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 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.

Ephesians 4:14
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming.

James 3:15
Such wisdom does not come from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
Treasury of Scripture

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.

the wisdom.

1 Corinthians 1:19,20 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

1 Corinthians 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

Isaiah 19:11-14 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors …

Isaiah 29:14-16 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this …

Isaiah 44:25 That frustrates the tokens of the liars, and makes diviners mad; …

Romans 1:21,22 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

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Job 5:13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the …

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Exodus 1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it …

Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing …

2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators …

2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counceled in those days, …

2 Samuel 17:14,23 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Psalm 7:14,15 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and …

Psalm 9:15,16 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which …

Psalm 141:10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I with escape.

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