1 Corinthians 3:20
New International Version
and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”

New Living Translation
And again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.”

English Standard Version
and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

Berean Study Bible
And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”

Berean Literal Bible
and again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."

King James Bible
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

New King James Version
and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

New American Standard Bible
and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE THOUGHTS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE useless.”

NASB 1995
and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.”

NASB 1977
and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.”

Amplified Bible
and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE THOUGHTS of the [humanly] wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.”

Christian Standard Bible
and again, The Lord knows that the reasonings of the wise are futile.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and again, The Lord knows that the reasonings of the wise are meaningless.

American Standard Version
and again, The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise that they are vain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And again, “THE LORD JEHOVAH knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are worthless.”

Contemporary English Version
The Scriptures also say, "The Lord knows that the plans made by wise people are useless."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And again: The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

English Revised Version
and again, The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain.

Good News Translation
and another scripture says, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Again Scripture says, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are pointless."

International Standard Version
and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are worthless."

Literal Standard Version
and again, “The LORD knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain.”

NET Bible
And again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."

New Heart English Bible
And again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."

Weymouth New Testament
And again, "The Lord takes knowledge of the reasonings of the wise--how useless they are."

World English Bible
And again, "The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it is worthless."

Young's Literal Translation
and again, 'The Lord doth know the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Worldly Wisdom
19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” 20And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21Therefore, stop boasting in men. All things are yours,…

Cross References
Psalm 94:11
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.

Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel that can prevail against the LORD.


Treasury of Scripture

And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

the lord.

Psalm 94:11
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

that.

Job 11:11,12
For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it? …

Psalm 2:1
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Romans 1:21
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.









Verse 20. - The Lord knoweth, etc. A quotation from Psalm 94:11. St. Paul substitutes "the wise" for the "men" of the original, because the psalmist is referring to perverse despisers of God. Dialogismoi is rather "reasonings" than "thoughts." It is used in a disparaging sense, as in Romans 1:21; Ephesians 4:17.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

again,
πάλιν (palin)
Adverb
Strong's 3825: Probably from the same as pale; anew, i.e. back, once more, or furthermore or on the other hand.

“[The] Lord
Κύριος (Kyrios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

knows
γινώσκει (ginōskei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

thoughts
διαλογισμοὺς (dialogismous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1261: From dialogizomai; discussion, i.e. consideration, or debate.

of the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

wise
σοφῶν (sophōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 4680: Wise, learned, cultivated, skilled, clever. Akin to saphes; wise.

are
εἰσὶν (eisin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

futile.”
μάταιοι (mataioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3152: Vain, unreal, ineffectual, unproductive; practically: godless. From the base of maten; empty, i.e. profitless, or, an idol.


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