Romans 1:22
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

New Living Translation
Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.

English Standard Version
Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

Berean Study Bible
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools,

Berean Literal Bible
Professing to be wise, they became fools,

New American Standard Bible
Professing to be wise, they became fools,

King James Bible
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Claiming to be wise, they became fools

International Standard Version
Though claiming to be wise, they became fools

NET Bible
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when they thought in themselves that they were wise, they became insane.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While claiming to be wise, they became fools.

New American Standard 1977
Professing to be wise, they became fools,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools

King James 2000 Bible
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

American King James Version
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

American Standard Version
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

Darby Bible Translation
professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

English Revised Version
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Webster's Bible Translation
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools:

Weymouth New Testament
While boasting of their wisdom they became utter fools,

World English Bible
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Young's Literal Translation
professing to be wise, they were made fools,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:18-25 The apostle begins to show that all mankind need the salvation of the gospel, because none could obtain the favour of God, or escape his wrath by their own works. For no man can plead that he has fulfilled all his obligations to God and to his neighbour; nor can any truly say that he has fully acted up to the light afforded him. The sinfulness of man is described as ungodliness against the laws of the first table, and unrighteousness against those of the second. The cause of that sinfulness is holding the truth in unrighteousness. All, more or less, do what they know to be wrong, and omit what they know to be right, so that the plea of ignorance cannot be allowed from any. Our Creator's invisible power and Godhead are so clearly shown in the works he has made, that even idolaters and wicked Gentiles are left without excuse. They foolishly followed idolatry; and rational creatures changed the worship of the glorious Creator, for that of brutes, reptiles, and senseless images. They wandered from God, till all traces of true religion must have been lost, had not the revelation of the gospel prevented it. For whatever may be pretended, as to the sufficiency of man's reason to discover Divine truth and moral obligation, or to govern the practice aright, facts cannot be denied. And these plainly show that men have dishonoured God by the most absurd idolatries and superstitions; and have degraded themselves by the vilest affections and most abominable deeds.
Study Bible
God's Wrath against Sin
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.…
Cross References
Isaiah 44:20
He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"

Jeremiah 4:22
"For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know."

Jeremiah 8:8
"How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes Has made it into a lie.

Jeremiah 10:14
Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols; For his molten images are deceitful, And there is no breath in them.

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?
Treasury of Scripture

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

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

Proverbs 25:14 Whoever boasts himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

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

Isaiah 47:10 For you have trusted in your wickedness: you have said, None sees …

Jeremiah 8:8,9 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? …

Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded …

Matthew 6:23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. …

1 Corinthians 1:19-21 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

1 Corinthians 3:18,19 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

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