1 Corinthians 3 19-20

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”; 1 Corinthians 3:19  20 and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.” 1 Corinthians 3:20

13 He catches the wise in their craftiness,
and the schemes of the wily are swept away. Job 5:13

 

and

11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man;
he knows that they are futile. Psalms 94:11

 

Paul made his argument and now he is backing it up with Old Testament references. The question is how is he backing it up?

‘For it is written’  ‘This is written’ is in the perfect.  This formula is also used by Peter in 1 Peter.  When the Apostles use this phrase then they are speaking with God’s voice and we should listen to what they have to say.  These verses from Job 5 13 and Psalm 94 11 sum up everything that Paul spoke about wisdom, that God’s wisdom is better than human wisdom.

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