1 Corinthians 1:20

“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)

Other Translations

Where is the wise? where is the Scribe? where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisedome of this world?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Where is the wise? where is he who has knowledge of the law? where is the man of this world who has a love of discussion? has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
- Basic English Bible

Where [is the] wise? where scribe? where disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
- Darby Bible

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?
- Webster's Bible

Where is your wise man? Where your expounder of the Law? Where your investigator of the questions of this present age? Has not God shown the world's wisdom to be utter foolishness?
- Weymouth Bible

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the lawyer of this world? Hasn't God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
- World English Bible

Where is the wise man? where is the wise lawiere? where is the purchasour of this world? Whether God hath not maad the wisdom of this world fonned?
- Wycliffe Bible

where [is] the wise? where the scribe? where a disputer of this age? did not God make foolish the wisdom of this world?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:20


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|


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:20


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.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 1

  • Steve morrow
    1 COR 1:10 NOW I BESEECH YOU BRETHREN BY THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THAT YOU ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING AND THAT THERE BE NO DIVISIONS AMONG YOU BUT THAT YOU BE PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER IN THE SAME MIND AND IN THE SAME JUDGEMENT MATTHEW 24:13 BUT HE THAT SHALL ENDURE UNTO THE END THE SAME SHALL BE SAVED
  • Brianna
    Vs. 31 - A Good reminder. We shouldn't think to much of ourselves. We have much to boast about if we center our life and conversation on Jehovah God. Could we ever run out of good things to say about our creator? Surely not!
  • Sistersue
    Wisdom only comes from God. Jesus is life. Thank you.
  • Skyler
    I love God so much!
  • Steve morrow
    Irene --- JOHN 14:6 JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND TTHE LIFE NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER BUT BY ME 1 COR 1:12 NOW THIS I SAY THAT EVERYONE OF YOU SAITH I AM OF PAUL AND I AM OF APPOLOS AND I OF CEPHAS AND I OF CHRIST 1:13 IS CHRIST DIVIDED WAS PAUL CRUCIFIED FOR YOU OR WERE YOU BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF PAUL 1 COR 1:10 .......THAT YOU ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING.......NO DIVISIONS...
  • Nndindeleni
    Comment*it is good to study the always even on my fone thanks.

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