1 Corinthians 1:25
New International Version
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

New Living Translation
This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

English Standard Version
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Berean Study Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

Berean Literal Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God stronger than men.

King James Bible
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

New King James Version
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

New American Standard Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than mankind, and the weakness of God is stronger than mankind.

NASB 1995
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

NASB 1977
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Amplified Bible
[This is] because the foolishness of God [is not foolishness at all and] is wiser than men [far beyond human comprehension], and the weakness of God is stronger than men [far beyond the limits of human effort].

Christian Standard Bible
because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

American Standard Version
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the madness of God is wiser than humans and the weakness of God is stronger than humans.

Contemporary English Version
Even when God is foolish, he is wiser than everyone else, and even when God is weak, he is stronger than everyone else.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

English Revised Version
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Good News Translation
For what seems to be God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and what seems to be God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God's nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

International Standard Version
For God's nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

Literal Standard Version
because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men;

NET Bible
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

New Heart English Bible
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than man's, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's.

Weymouth New Testament
Because that which the world deems foolish in God is wiser than men's wisdom, and that which it deems feeble in God is mightier than men's might.

World English Bible
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Young's Literal Translation
because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Message of the Cross
24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. 26Brothers, consider the time of your calling: Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were powerful; not many were of noble birth.…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

1 Corinthians 2:14
The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored.

2 Corinthians 13:4
For He was indeed crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God's power. And though we are weak in Him, yet by God's power we will live with Him to serve you.


Treasury of Scripture

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

the foolishness.

1 Corinthians 1:18,27-29
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God…

Exodus 13:17
And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

Exodus 14:2-4
Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea…









(25) Because.--This introduces the reason why Christ, as being crucified, is the power and wisdom of God, viz., because God's folly (as they call it) is wiser, not "than the wisdom of men," as some understand this passage, but than men themselves--embracing in that word all that men can know or hope ever to know; and the weakness of God (as they regard it) is stronger than men.

Verse 25. - The foolishness of God... the weakness of God; the method, that is, whereby God works, and which men take to be foolish and weak, because with arrogant presumption they look upon themselves as the measure of all things. But God achieves the mightiest ends by the humblest means, and the gospel of Christ allied itself from the first, not with the world's strength and splendour, but with all which the world despised as mean and feeble - with fishermen and tax gatherers, with slaves, and women, and artizans. The lesson was specially needful to the Corinthians, whom Cicero describes ('De Leg. Age,' 2:32) as "famous, not only for their luxuriousness, but also for their wealth and philosophic culture."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
Ὅτι (Hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

foolishness
μωρὸν (mōron)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3474: Probably from the base of musterion; dull or stupid, i.e. Heedless, blockhead, absurd.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

is
ἐστίν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

wiser
σοφώτερον (sophōteron)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular - Comparative
Strong's 4680: Wise, learned, cultivated, skilled, clever. Akin to saphes; wise.

than man’s [wisdom],
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

weakness
ἀσθενὲς (asthenes)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 772: (lit: not strong), (a) weak (physically, or morally), (b) infirm, sick. Strengthless.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

[is] stronger
ἰσχυρότερον (ischyroteron)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular - Comparative
Strong's 2478: Strong (originally and generally of physical strength); mighty, powerful, vehement, sure. From ischus; forcible.

than man’s [strength].
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.


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