1 Corinthians 1:27

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world, to confound the wise: and God hath chosen the weake things of the world, to confound the things which are mighty:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong;
- American Standard Version (1901)

But God made selection of the foolish things of this world so that he might put the wise to shame; and the feeble things that he might put to shame the strong;
- Basic English Bible

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world, that he may put to shame the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world, that he may put to shame the strong things;
- Darby Bible

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
- Webster's Bible

But God has chosen the things which the world regards as foolish, in order to put its wise men to shame; and God has chosen the things which the world regards as destitute of influence, in order to put its powerful things to shame;
- Weymouth Bible

but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong;
- World English Bible

But God chees tho thingis that ben fonned of the world, to confounde wise men;
- Wycliffe Bible

but the foolish things of the world did God choose, that the wise He may put to shame; and the weak things of the world did God choose that He may put to shame the strong;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 1:27


1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world. Men whom the world would call foolish, with a gospel that it called foolishness; yet these "confounded the wise" and upturned the world's philosophies.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 1:27

  • These are the things we put in front of godly thinking that keeps us from becoming godly,we fight the flesh daily and when we give in to our flesh we die,lookup confound good word for christian struggle
  • Valorie for verse 27
    This verse truly shows that God is wise, impartial and just It amazes me how Christians seek to battle for placement as the smartest and most knowledgeable. When this is done with a haughty spirit, it does no one any good; simply shows a lack of immaturity and turns more people away from the Gospel than to it. This is where pride can be a relentless force in a Christian's life that it needs to be repented of and brought into submission. Some can easily discern this type of Christian. On the other hand we Christians are to be meek, humble and thankful for the gift God gave us in His Son, who came to earth in the flesh as an innocent baby of lowly estate. His strength is greatest in our weakness Amen
  • Paul shuwa for verse 27
    This is an indication for humility, severally in the scriptures we see people whom ordinarily the world would look down on, has been major instrument for change, we see the prostitute at jericho who safed her entire family, gideon a weakling who became a mighty man of valor, so i think in our society we should teach more of NEVER underestimate people and ofcourse God who makes and rule things for his Glory.
  • STEPHEN UBA AGWU for verse 27
    GOD IS SUPREME.HIS WAYS ARE BEYOND HUMAN COMPREHENSION.HE IS GOD WHO CAN DO ANYTHING TO DEMONSTRATE HIS SUPREMACY OVER HUMAN BEINGS.
  • "God has chosen the foolish things of this world, (the periods of time we live in) to confound the wise." The unsaved, like the saved, have a wisdom based in something. Yet, we are all limited by our human weaknesses of intellect; and remember, we as Christians are not inspired. Saved Christians do have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us which helps our understanding of scripture to rightly divide the word of truth, but the unsaved do not have that. Whether we are fundamental or liberal or anywhere in between, from one issue to another we could very well be categorized as either the "foolish" or the "wise" in this world and the time we live in. The most educated preacher or university professor can be simultaneously categorized as the "foolish" in this world by God and as the "wise" in this world. Do not flatter yourself to think that you are perfect in all reasoning. We could be right and be wrong in many areas of our understanding and/or application of scripture, yet God in His omniscience uses His Word to accomplish His work. Both preachers and professors should be more humble to admit their cognitive weaknesses, likewise should church members and students. Pray to grow in grace and seek His face, believer, as the process of sanctification in God's timing conforms us little by little into the image of Christ, and remember we won't be like Him until we see Him as He is...i.e. in eternity, not here in this world.
  • K Walfall for verse 27
    God uses thing and people that we never expected him to use.

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