The foolishness of God (to mwron tou qeou). Abstract neuter singular with the article, the foolish act of God (the Cross as regarded by the world). Wiser than men (sopwteron twn anqrwpwn). Condensed comparison, wiser than the wisdom of men. Common Greek idiom ( Matthew 5:20 ; John 5:36 ) and quite forcible, brushes all men aside. The weakness of God (to asqene tou qeou). Same idiom here, the weak act of God, as men think, is stronger (iscuroteron). The Cross seemed God's defeat. It is conquering the world and is the mightiest force on earth.