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 CORINTHIANS 1:10NOW 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 JUDGEMENT***EHPESIANS 4:3 ENDEAVORING TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE
  • Ray321
    Wayne, the Kingdom of Heaven was promise to the Jews, but now we are saved thru Grace in the body of Christ for the Kingdom of God, which is a Spiritual Kingdom. If you repent of your sins for Salvation, you will be repenting every day, because we sin everyday. Jesus finished the work on the cross for all of our sins. 1 Corth 15:1-4 , believe with all your heart and mind what he did with faith.
  • Edna
    I.m so blessed to know verse 4 thru 8. 1st God.s Grace was given to us by Jesus Crist,now being Born of his Spirit 2Cor 5/17 We have everthing pertain g to life thru Jesus Peter And we are kept by the power of God Ptere It all about Jesus
  • Wayne
    Ray321, Matt. 4:17, when Jesus began preaching He said, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
  • Steve morrow
    UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES ??? 1 CORINTHIANS 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 IN THE SAME MIND AND IN THE SAME JUDGEMENT *** HEBREWS 7:24 BUT THIS MAN BECAUSE HE CONTINUETH EVER HATH AN --- UNCHANGEABLE PRIESTHOOD ---
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 1:30 BUT OF HIM ARE YOU IN CHRIST JESUS --- WHO OF GOD --- IS MADE UNTO US WISDOM AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SANCTIFICATION AND REDEMPTION ROMANS 5:17 FOR IF BY ONE MANS OFFENCE DEATH REIGNED BY ONE MUCH MORE THEY WHICH RECEIVE ABUNDANCE OF GRACE AND OF THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL REIGN IN LIFE --- BY ONE JESUS CHRIST

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