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";
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.
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.
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;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The wisdom of this world - Whether it be the pretended deep and occult wisdom of the rabbins, or the wire-drawn speculations of the Grecian philosophers, is foolishness with God; for as folly consists in spending time, strength, and pains to no purpose, so these may be fitly termed fools who acquire no saving knowledge by their speculations. And is not this the case with the major part of all that is called philosophy, even in the present day? Has one soul been made wise unto salvation through it? Are our most eminent philosophers either pious or useful men? Who of them is meek, gentle, and humble! Who of them directs his researches so as to meliorate the moral condition of his fellow creatures? Pride, insolence, self-conceit, and complacency, with a general forgetfulness of God, contempt for his word, and despite for the poor, are their general characteristics.
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness - This is a quotation from Job 5:13, and powerfully shows what the wisdom of this world is: it is a sort of craft, a subtle trade, which they carry on to wrong others and benefit themselves; and they have generally too much cunning to be caught by men; but God often overthrows them with their own devisings. Paganism raised up persecution against the Church of Christ, in order to destroy it: this became the very means of quickly spreading it over the earth, and of destroying the whole pagan system. Thus the wise were taken in their own craftiness.
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He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
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.
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.
Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
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