1 Corinthians 1:19

“For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For it is written, I will destroy the wisedome of the wise, and wil bring to nothing the vnderstanding of the prudent.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought.
- American Standard Version (1901)

As it says in the holy Writings, I will put an end to the wisdom of the wise, and will put on one side the designs of those who have knowledge.
- Basic English Bible

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and set aside the understanding of the understanding ones.
- Darby Bible

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
- Webster's Bible

For so it stands written, "I will exhibit the nothingness of the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nought."
- Weymouth Bible

For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, I will bring the discernment of the discerning to nothing."
- World English Bible

For it is writun, Y schal distruye the wisdom of wise men, and Y schal reproue the prudence of prudent men.
- Wycliffe Bible

for it hath been written, `I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nought;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:19


1:19 For it is written - And the words are remarkably applicable to this great event. #Isaiah 29:14|


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:19


1Co 1:19 I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. By turning to the passage in Isa 29:14, its meaning is clear. God will put aside the wisdom and understanding of men; these will not save; but he will save by what the world called foolishness.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 1:19

  • Brianna for verse 19
    Awesome! Worldly wisdom is inferior to spiritual wisdom gained in the bible. World wisdom instituted the survival of the fittest, every man for himself, attitude that is so pertinent today. Godly wisdom promotes a sense of community and helping your fellow man. Worldly wisdom encourages people to indulge in every feel good pursuit regardless of the consequences. "Follow you heart " they say. Godly wisdom teaches self control and discipline. The bible says the heart is treacherous. It prevents us from doing things that will cause regret later. Clearly Biblical wisdom is far superior to mankind 's version of wisdom.
  • Andrew Machula for verse 19
    Very true and quite a revelation. As most men with knowledge who think they are God's gift to the world. They only have worldly knowledge which CAN'T get them into Heaven no matter what conclusion they try to come to!
  • Valerie Brown for verse 19
    Any organization of men will never overthrown Almighty God's "Reign" in Christ Jesus through God's Holy Spirit....1
  • Gordon Nelms for verse 19
    The wisdom of man can never ever save them, let alone, the world. Human nature is to attempt to save himself, and maybe his family. This can never work. God has always demonstrated this by "getting the job done" without man contributing with "any of his own wisdom". It would appear that God does it, and compares His way and plan to be His weakest, as compared to man's greatest strength. The highest end of man's power does not come close to the beginning of God's wisdom and power. Once a person understands this, it would appear that only absolute "rebellion" would cause one to "reject God and His son Jesus, The Christ.

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