1 Corinthians 1:28
New International Version
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,

New Living Translation
God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.

English Standard Version
God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,

Berean Study Bible
He chose the lowly and despised things of the world, and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are,

Berean Literal Bible
and the low-born of the world, and the things being despised, God also chose--the things not being--that He might annul the things being,

King James Bible
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

New King James Version
and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,

New American Standard Bible
and the insignificant things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,

NASB 1995
and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,

NASB 1977
and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are,

Amplified Bible
God has selected [for His purpose] the insignificant (base) things of the world, and the things that are despised and treated with contempt, [even] the things that are nothing, so that He might reduce to nothing the things that are,

Christian Standard Bible
God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world —what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something,

American Standard Version
and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he has chosen those of low descent in the world and the rejects and those who are nothing, to nullify those who are,

Contemporary English Version
What the world thinks is worthless, useless, and nothing at all is what God has used to destroy what the world considers important.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:

English Revised Version
and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are:

Good News Translation
He chose what the world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God chose what the world considers ordinary and what it despises-what it considers to be nothing-in order to destroy what it considers to be something.

International Standard Version
And God chose what is insignificant in the world, what is despised, what is nothing, in order to destroy what is something,

Literal Standard Version
and God chose the base things of the world, and the things despised, and the things that are not, that He may make useless the things that are—

NET Bible
God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something,

New Heart English Bible
And God chose the lowly of the world, and the despised, what is considered to be nothing, to bring to nothing what is considered to be something,

Weymouth New Testament
and the things which the world regards as base, and those which it sets utterly at nought--things that have no existence--God has chosen in order to reduce to nothing things that do exist;

World English Bible
and God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that are not, that he might bring to nothing the things that are:

Young's Literal Translation
and the base things of the world, and the things despised did God choose, and the things that are not, that the things that are He may make useless --

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wisdom from God
27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly and despised things of the world, and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast in His presence.…

Cross References
Job 34:19
who is not partial to princes and does not favor rich over poor? For they are all the work of His hands.

Romans 4:17
As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet exist.

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 2:6
Among the mature, however, we speak a message of wisdom--but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth and annihilate by the majesty of His arrival.

Hebrews 2:14
Now since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil,


Treasury of Scripture

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are:

things which.

Romans 4:17
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

2 Corinthians 12:11
I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

to bring.

1 Corinthians 2:6
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

Deuteronomy 28:63
And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.

Job 34:19,20,24
How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands…









(28) And things which are not.--This climax loses somewhat of its force by the insertion of the word "and," which is not in some of the best MSS., and "yea," which is not in any MS. Omitting the word "and," the sentence is not an addition to the things already mentioned, but a general and emphatic summary of all the things which have been already contrasted with their opposites. After the words "hath God chosen" there is a slight pause, and then the Apostle describes all those things which he has declared to be God's choice, as things which "are not"--i.e., do not in men's estimation even exist (Romans 4:17; Romans 9:25; see also Job 34:19; Job 34:24).

Verse 28. - And the base things; literally, low-born, unborn; "those who are sprung kern no one in particular" - nullo patre, nullis majoribus. Nothing could be more ignoble in the eyes of the world than a cross of wood upheld by feeble hands, and yet before it "kings and their armies did flee and were discomfited, and they of the household divided the spoil." And the things that are not. The not is the Greek subjective negative (μὴ); things of which men conceived as not existing - "nonentities." It is like the expression of Clement of Rome, "Things accounted as nothing." Christianity was "the little stone, cut without hands," which God called into existence. We find the same thought in St. John the Baptist's sermon (Matthew 3:9).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[He]
Θεός (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

chose
ἐξελέξατο (exelexato)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1586: To pick out for myself, choose, elect, select. Middle voice from ek and lego; to select.

the
τὰ (ta)
Article - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

lowly
ἀγενῆ (agenē)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 36: Lit: without family, hence: ignoble, base. Properly, without kin, i.e. ignoble.

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

despised
ἐξουθενημένα (exouthenēmena)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1848: To set at naught, ignore, despise. A variation of exoudenoo and meaning the same.

things
τὰ (ta)
Article - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

world,
κόσμου (kosmou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2889: Probably from the base of komizo; orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication, the world (morally).

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

the things that
τὰ (ta)
Article - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

are
ὄντα (onta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

not,
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

nullify
καταργήσῃ (katargēsē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2673: From kata and argeo; to be entirely idle, literally or figuratively.

the things that
τὰ (ta)
Article - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

are,
ὄντα (onta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.


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