1 Corinthians 1:21

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For after that, in the wisedom of God, the world by wisedome knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishnesse of preaching, to saue them that beleeue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not {come to} know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For because, by the purpose of God, the world, with all its wisdom, had not the knowledge of God, it was God's pleasure, by so foolish a thing as preaching, to give salvation to those who had faith in him.
- Basic English Bible

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom has not known God, God has been pleased by the foolishness of the preaching to save those that believe.
- Darby Bible

For when in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
- Webster's Bible

For after the world by its wisdom--as God in His wisdom had ordained--had failed to gain the knowledge of God, God was pleased, by the apparent foolishness of the Message which we preach, to save those who accepted it.
- Weymouth Bible

For seeing that in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom didn't know God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save those who believe.
- World English Bible

For the world in wisdom of God knewe not God bi wisdom, it pleside to God, bi foli of prechyng, `to maken hem saaf that bileueden.
- Wycliffe Bible

for, seeing in the wisdom of God the world through the wisdom knew not God, it did please God through the foolishness of the preaching to save those believing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:21


1:21 For since in the wisdom of God - According to his wise disposals, leaving them to make the trial. The world - Whether Jewish or gentile, by all its boasted wisdom knew not God - Though the whole creation declared its Creator, and though he declared himself by all the prophets; it pleased God, by a way which those who perish count mere foolishness, to save them that believe.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:21


1Co 1:21 For . . . the world by wisdom knew not God. Worldly wisdom did not search out the true God. Intellectual speculation had done its utmost, and failed. Hence it was rejected, and the Divine Wisdom chose by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. That is, by preaching what the wise and puffed up of the this world called foolishness. They called the gospel foolishness.

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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