“And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:”
King James Version (KJV)
1:28 Things that are not - The Jews frequently called the gentiles, Them that are not, 2 Esdras vi. 56, 57. In so supreme contempt did they hold them. The things that are - In high esteem.
1Co 1:28 Base things of the world. Those of lowly birth. And things which are despised. People that the world would call "nobodies", and things that it counts as nothing. These are chosen to bring to nothing things that are; the existing state of things; the pagan religious, governments, and civilization; these were to be overthrown through the influence of the gospel.