John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 1:21 - 1:21

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 1:21 - 1:21

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1Co 1:21. Ἐν τῇ σοφίᾳ, in the wisdom) since [‘because’] the wisdom of God is so great, 1Co 1:25.-οὐκ ἔγνω, knew not) Before the preaching of the cross, although the creature proclaimed the Creator, although the most eloquent prophets had come, still the world knew not God. Those, who heard the prophets, despised them; those, who did not hear them, were of such a spirit, that they would have despised them.-διὰ τῆς σοφίας, by wisdom) viz., by the wisdom of preaching,[8] as is evident from the antithesis, by the foolishness of preaching.-εὐδόκησεν Θεὸς) it pleased God, in mercy and grace to us. Paul seems evidently to have imitated the words of the Lord, Luk 10:21.-διὰ τῆς μωρίας, by the foolishness) God deals with perverse man by contraries, so that man may deny himself, and render glory to God, through belief in the cross.-κηρύγματος, of preaching) inasmuch as it is concerning the cross.

[8] Not, “the world by its wisdom:” but, notwithstanding the preaching of true wisdom by creation and by prophets of God, the world knew not God.-ED.