“Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”
King James Version (KJV)
1:20 Where is the wise? &c. - The deliverance of Judea from Sennacherib is what Isaiah refers to in these words; in a bold and beautiful allusion to which, the apostle in the clause that follows triumphs over all the opposition of human wisdom to the victorious gospel of Christ. What could the wise men of the gentiles do against this? or the Jewish scribes? or the disputers of this world? - Those among both, who, proud of their acuteness, were fond of controversy, and thought they could confute all opponents. Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world - That is, shown it to be very foolishness. #Isaiah 33:18|
1Co 1:20 Where [is] the wise? The Greek philosophers. In Greek, the term "philosopher" means "a lover of wisdom". The scribe? The scribes were the Jewish learned class. The disputer of this world? Probably the Greek teachers who "disputed daily" in the public places (Ac 19:9). Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? All their worldly wisdom is excluded from the gospel.