Isaiah 44:25

Hebrew Bible

23 Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; shout out, you subterranean regions of the earth. O mountains, give a joyful shout; you too, O forest and all your trees! For the Lord protects Jacob; he reveals his splendor through Israel. 24 This is what the Lord, your Protector, says, the one who formed you in the womb: “I am the Lord, who made everything, who alone stretched out the sky, who fashioned the earth all by myself, 25 who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers and humiliates the omen readers, who overturns the counsel of the wise men and makes their advice seem foolish, 26 who fulfills the oracles of his prophetic servants and brings to pass the announcements of his messengers, who says about Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’ and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt, her ruins I will raise up,’ 27 who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry! I will dry up your sea currents,’

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

"... In 1 Corinthians 1:19–20 Paul may be inspired by LXX Isaiah 19:11–12: “The leaders of Tanis will be fools; as for the wise (1:19) counselors of the king, their counsel will be made foolish (1:20; compare LXX Isaiah 44:25). How will you say to the king, ‘We are sons of the intelligent (1:19), sons of the kings of old’? Where are now your wise ones? (compare 1:20)” ..."

Heil, John Paul The Rhetorical Role of Scripture in 1 Corinthians (p. 32) Society of Biblical Literature, 2005

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