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,”

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."

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;'
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 19. - The wisdom of this world. Here the word for "world" is kosmos, in the last verse it was alert. Kosmos is the world regarded objectively; aion the world regarded in its moral and intellectual aspect. He that taketh the wise in their craftiness. This is one of the few references to the Book of Job in the New Testament. It comes from the speech of Eliphaz in Job 5:13, but St. Paul substitutes the words "clutching" (drassomenos) and "craftiness" (panourgia) for the milder katalabon and phronesei of the LXX.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God,.... The wisdom of the Jewish, or Gentile world. It is had in no account with him; it is despised and neglected by him; he makes it foolish, destroys it, and brings it to nothing; he lays it aside as useless, to make men wise unto salvation, and by the foolishness of preaching saves them that believe; he passes by the wise and prudent, and hides the things of the Gospel from them; so, that, with all their learning and wisdom, they can neither apprehend nor comprehend the mysteries of grace, whilst he reveals them unto babes, and chooses the foolish things of this world to spread the knowledge of himself, his Son, his Gospel, and the truths of it, and whom he makes successful, to the confusion of the wise and learned.

"For it is written", an usual form of citing Scriptures with the Jews; it is in Job 5:13 he taketh the wise in their own craftiness, or by it. What Eliphaz says of the wise politicians of the world, who are often disappointed of their crafty devices, and cannot perform the enterprises they have took in hand, but their schemes are broken, and the snares they laid for others they are taken in themselves, is applied by the apostle to the Jewish doctors, or the Gentile philosophers, or rather to the false teachers among the Christians; whose schemes they have formed to corrupt the churches, and demolish the Gospel, prove their own destruction; nor will they, with all their cunning, be able to get out of the hand of God, and escape his awful vengeance. The allusion is either to the taking of wild beasts and birds in snares and nets, or to the taking of men in flight, laying hold of them with the hand, and grasping them hard, that they cannot get loose. The Targum interprets the words of the wise men of Pharaoh, and of the Egyptian astrologers, schemes they have formed to corrupt the churches, and demolish the Gospel, prove their own destruction; nor will they, with all their cunning, be able to get out of the hand of God, and escape his awful vengeance. The allusion is either to the taking of wild beasts and birds in snares and nets, or to the taking of men in flight, laying hold of them with the hand, and grasping them hard, that they cannot get loose. The Targum interprets the words of the wise men of Pharaoh, and of the Egyptian astrologers.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. with God—in the judgment of God.

it is written—in Job 5:13. The formula of quoting Scripture used here, establishes the canonicity of Job.

He taketh … wise in … own craftiness—proving the "foolishness" of the world's wisdom, since it is made by God the very snare to catch those who think themselves so wise. Literally, "He who taketh … the whole of the sentence not being quoted, but only the part which suited Paul's purpose.

1 Corinthians 3:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Worldly Wisdom is Foolishness to God
19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS"; 20and again, "THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS."…
Cross References
Job 5:13
He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.

Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

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 4:6
Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written." Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

Ephesians 4:14
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

James 3:15
Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven 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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