1 Corinthians 3:18
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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.

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.

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.

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,

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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

3:18 Let him become a fool in this world - Such as the world accounts so. That he may become wise - In God's account.

1 Corinthians 3:18 Parallel Commentaries

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Sanctified for Service.
"We are labourers together with God; ye are God's husbandry; ye are God's building."--1 COR. iii. 9. In this passage St. Paul is rebuking the Corinthians for that spirit of party which was dividing them into followers of this or that teacher and so destroying their unity in Christ. You do not belong, he says, to Paul or to Apollos; we have no claim upon you; ye are not to be called by our name: you are God's husbandry, and God's building, not ours; we are but labourers in His service and
John Percival—Sermons at Rugby

On the Wisdom of this World
"The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."--I Cor. iii. 19. It is remarkable that about the time of our Saviour's coming into the world all kinds of learning flourished to a very great degree, insomuch that nothing is more frequent in the mouths of many men, even such who pretend to read and to know, than an extravagant praise and opinion of the wisdom and virtue of the Gentile sages of those days, and likewise of those ancient philosophers who went before them, whose doctrines are left
Jonathan Swift—Three Sermons, Three Prayers

On the Interpretation of Scripture
IT is a strange, though familiar fact, that great differences of opinion exist respecting the Interpretation of Scripture. All Christians receive the Old and New Testament as sacred writings, but they are not agreed about the meaning which they attribute to them. The book itself remains as at the first; the commentators seem rather to reflect the changing atmosphere of the world or of the Church. Different individuals or bodies of Christians have a different point of view, to which their interpretation
Frederick Temple—Essays and Reviews: The Education of the World

The Existence of Merit
1. HERETICAL ERRORS AND THE TEACHING OF THE CHURCH.--a) The medieval Beguins and Beghards held that man is able to attain such a perfect state of holiness here below as no longer to require an increase of grace or good works.(1226) Luther, holding that justification consists in the covering up of sin and the external imputation of the justice of Christ, consistently though falsely asserted that "the just man sins in every good work,"(1227) that "a good work, no matter how well performed, is a venial
Joseph Pohle—Grace, Actual and Habitual

Cross References
Isaiah 5:21
What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.

Matthew 13:22
The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God's word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.

1 Corinthians 1:20
So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world's brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.

1 Corinthians 3:17
God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

1 Corinthians 4:10
Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed.

1 Corinthians 8:2
Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much.

Galatians 6:3
If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

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