New Living Translation
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, "He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness."
King James Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
Darby Bible Translation
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God; for it is written, He who takes the wise in their craftiness.
World English Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He has taken the wise in their craftiness."
Young's Literal Translation
for the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, for it hath been written, 'Who is taking the wise in their craftiness;'
1 Corinthians 3:19 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:19 For all the boasted wisdom of the world is mere foolishness in the sight of God. He taketh the wise in their own craftiness - Not only while they think they are acting wisely, but by their very wisdom, which itself is their snare, and the occasion of their destruction. Job 5:13.
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"We are labourers together with God; ye are God's husbandry; ye are God's building."--1 COR. iii. 9. In this passage St. Paul is rebuking the Corinthians for that spirit of party which was dividing them into followers of this or that teacher and so destroying their unity in Christ. You do not belong, he says, to Paul or to Apollos; we have no claim upon you; ye are not to be called by our name: you are God's husbandry, and God's building, not ours; we are but labourers in His service and …
John Percival—Sermons at Rugby
On the Wisdom of this World
On the Interpretation of Scripture
The Existence of Merit
He traps the wise in their own cleverness so their cunning schemes are thwarted.
The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves.
No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD.
1 Corinthians 1:20
So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world's brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.
1 Corinthians 4:6
Dear brothers and sisters, I have used Apollos and myself to illustrate what I've been saying. If you pay attention to what I have quoted from the Scriptures, you won't be proud of one of your leaders at the expense of another.
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.
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