Isaiah 33:18

Hebrew Bible

16 this is the person who will live in a secure place; he will find safety in the rocky, mountain strongholds; he will have food and a constant supply of water. 17 You will see a king in his splendor; you will see a wide land. 18 Your mind will recall the terror you experienced, and you will ask yourselves, “Where is the scribe? Where is the one who weighs the money? Where is the one who counts the towers? 19 You will no longer see a defiant people whose language you do not comprehend, whose derisive speech you do not understand. 20 Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals! You will see Jerusalem, a peaceful settlement, a tent that stays put; its stakes will never be pulled up; none of its ropes will snap in two.

1 Corinthians 1:20

New Testament

18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. 22 For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom,

 Notes and References

"... the presence of Scripture is more evident within this portion of Paul’s writing than has hitherto been realised. Isaiah 29:14 in 1 Corinthians 1:19, Jeremiah 9:23 [24] in 1:31, Job 5:13 in 3:19, and Psalm 94:11 [93:11] in 3:20 should all be considered citations. It affirms that Isaiah 40:13 is a citation in 2:16 when an author’s perspective is considered, but it indicates that it may be perceived differently from a Corinthian reader’s perspective. The thesis also asserts that Isaiah 64:3 [64:4] is what is most likely cited within 2:9. The study proposes the presence of two allusions: Jeremiah 9:22 [23] in 1:26–29 and Isaiah 65:17 in 2:9. Finally, it contends that six Scriptural echoes play a role in Paul’s argument in this passage: Isaiah 33:18 in 1:20, Isaiah 28:16 in 1:21–24, Zechariah 4:6 in 2:3–5, Daniel 2:19–23 in 2:6–8, 10–11, Isaiah 5:1–7 in 3:6–9, Isaiah 3:3 in 3:10, and Malachi 3:2–3 in 3:12–15. As a result, this work contends that Paul used Scripture consciously or unconsciously to communicate a significant portion of his argument ..."

Williams III, Drake The Wisdom of the Wise: The Presence and Function of Scripture in 1 Cor. 1:18–3:23 (pp. 315-317) Tyndale Bulletin, 52.2, 2001

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