For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."a120
Where is the wise man?2 Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age?3 Has not God made foolish4 the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God the world5 through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save6 those who believe.722
Jews demand miraculous signs8 and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we preach Christ crucified:9 a stumbling block10 to Jews and foolishness11 to Gentiles,
but to those whom God has called,12 both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God13 and the wisdom of God.1425
For the foolishness15 of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness16 of God is stronger than man's strength.
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.17 Not many of you were wise18 by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.