21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world a by wisdom has not known God, God has been pleased by the foolishness of the preaching b to save those that believe.

References for 1 Corinthians 1:21

    • k 1:21 - Kosmos, the usual word for world: see chs. 3.19; 6.2; Heb. 9.1.
    • l 1:21 - 'The preaching' gives a different sense from 'preaching.' Without the article it is the instrument, the foolishness of such a means. Here 'the preaching' is the actual thing preached; and such is the force of the Greek.