1 Corinthians 1:19 (AV)
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
For it is written. This phrase always refers back to an Old Testament passage. If you are using a Bible with cross-references, Isaiah 29:14 will be referenced.
“Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”
Without Paul’s quote we would not know Isaiah was prophesying about the cross.
Paul is reaffirming his point in verse 18. Who are the wise? The Greek word is sophos. You might see the word sophisticated. It means the cultivated or learned ones; Greek philosophers and orators, even Jewish theologians. Great learning will not lead a person to the cross.
The cross is foolishness to unbelievers, no matter how wise they may be. The cross is a wonder.
Tomorrow: 1 Corinthians 1:20