1 Corinthians 3:18
New International Version
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become "fools" so that you may become wise.

New Living Translation
Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise.

English Standard Version
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

Berean Study Bible
Let no one deceive himself. If any of you thinks he is wise in this age, he should become a fool, so that he may become wise.

Berean Literal Bible
Let no one deceive himself: If anyone among you thinks himself to be wise in this age, let him become foolish, so that he may become wise.

New American Standard Bible
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.

King James Bible
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

Christian Standard Bible
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a fool so that he can become wise.

Contemporary English Version
Don't fool yourselves! If any of you think you are wise in the things of this world, you will have to become foolish before you can be truly wise.

Good News Translation
You should not fool yourself. If any of you think that you are wise by this world's standards, you should become a fool, in order to be really wise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No one should deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise.

International Standard Version
Let no one deceive himself. If any of you thinks he is wise in the ways of this world, he must become a fool to become really wise.

NET Bible
Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise.

New Heart English Bible
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks that he is wise among you in this age, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let no man deceive himself; whoever among you thinks that he is wise in this world, let him become a fool that he may be wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise in the ways of this world, you should give up that wisdom in order to become really wise.

New American Standard 1977
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you seems to be wise in this age, let them become a fool that they may be wise.

King James 2000 Bible
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

American King James Version
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

American Standard Version
Let no man deceive himself. If any man thinketh that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let no man deceive himself: if any man among you seem to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

Darby Bible Translation
Let no one deceive himself: if any one thinks himself to be wise among you in this world, let him become foolish, that he may be wise.

English Revised Version
Let no man deceive himself. If any man thinketh that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

Weymouth New Testament
Let no one deceive himself. If any man imagines that he is wise, compared with the rest of you, with the wisdom of the present age, let him become "foolish" so that he may be wise.

World English Bible
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise.

Young's Literal Translation
Let no one deceive himself; if any one doth seem to be wise among you in this age -- let him become a fool, that he may become wise,
Study Bible
Worldly Wisdom
17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18Let no one deceive himself. If any of you thinks he is wise in this age, he should become a fool, so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.”…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:21
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

Matthew 13:22
The seed sown among the thorns is the one who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 1:20
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored.

1 Corinthians 8:2
The one who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.

Galatians 6:3
If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Treasury of Scripture

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

deceive.

1 Corinthians 6:9
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1 Corinthians 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Proverbs 5:7
Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

If.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God…

1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

1 Corinthians 8:1,2
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth…

let.

Matthew 18:4
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 10:15
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Luke 18:17
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.







Lexicon
{Let} no one
Μηδεὶς (Mēdeis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3367: No one, none, nothing.

deceive
ἐξαπατάτω (exapatatō)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1818: To deceive thoroughly. From ek and apatao; to seduce wholly.

himself.
ἑαυτὸν (heauton)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

If
εἴ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

any
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

of
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

thinks
δοκεῖ (dokei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1380: A prolonged form of a primary verb, doko dok'-o of the same meaning; to think; by implication, to seem.

he is
εἶναι (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

wise
σοφὸς (sophos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4680: Wise, learned, cultivated, skilled, clever. Akin to saphes; wise.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

this
τούτῳ (toutō)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

age,
αἰῶνι (aiōni)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 165: From the same as aei; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity; by implication, the world; specially a Messianic period.

he should become
γενέσθω (genesthō)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

a fool,
μωρὸς (mōros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3474: Probably from the base of musterion; dull or stupid, i.e. Heedless, blockhead, absurd.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

he may become
γένηται (genētai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

wise.
σοφός (sophos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4680: Wise, learned, cultivated, skilled, clever. Akin to saphes; wise.
(18) Passing from the difference between the work of one teacher and that of another, which has occupied him since 1Corinthians 3:5, the Apostle now returns to the subject from which he branched off there (the magnifying of one teacher above another), and proceeds to show (1Corinthians 3:18-21) that merely human wisdom is in itself worthless for spiritual purposes, and, therefore, that the possession of it alone is no reason for the exaltation of the teacher who is endowed with it. For the full meaning of the "wisdom" which the Apostle speaks of here, see 1Corinthians 1:20.

Let him become a fool--i.e., in the sight of the world, in order that he may become "wise" in the sight of God.

Verse 18. - Let no man deceive himself. Like the other formula, "Be not deceived" (1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Galatians 6:7); "Deceive not yourselves" (Jeremiah 37:9); "Let no man deceive you" (Marl 24:4; Luke 21:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; Ephesians 5:6; 1 John 3:7). We are so liable to self deception (1 John 1:8; Galatians 6:3), as well as to being deceived by others (2 Timothy 3:13), that there was need to repeat this warning incessantly. Seemeth to be wise; rather, thinketh that he is wise. He is referring specially to the Apollos party, who vaunted their esoteric knowledge, and so were "wise in their own eyes, prudent in their own conceits" (Isaiah 5:21). 3:18-23 To have a high opinion of our own wisdom, is but to flatter ourselves; and self-flattery is the next step to self-deceit. The wisdom that wordly men esteem, is foolishness with God. How justly does he despise, and how easily can he baffle and confound it! The thoughts of the wisest men in the world, have vanity, weakness, and folly in them. All this should teach us to be humble, and make us willing to be taught of God, so as not to be led away, by pretences to human wisdom and skill, from the simple truths revealed by Christ. Mankind are very apt to oppose the design of the mercies of God. Observe the spiritual riches of a true believer; All are yours, even ministers and ordinances. Nay, the world itself is yours. Saints have as much of it as Infinite Wisdom sees fit for them, and they have it with the Divine blessing. Life is yours, that you may have a season and opportunity to prepare for the life of heaven; and death is yours, that you may go to the possession of it. It is the kind messenger to take you from sin and sorrow, and to guide you to your Father's house. Things present are yours, for your support on the road; things to come are yours, to delight you for ever at your journey's end. If we belong to Christ, and are true to him, all good belongs to us, and is sure to us. Believers are the subjects of his kingdom. He is Lord over us, we must own his dominion, and cheerfully submit to his command. God in Christ, reconciling a sinful world to himself, and pouring the riches of his grace on a reconciled world, is the sum and substance of the gospel.
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