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1 Corinthians 3:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— and again, The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise that they are vain.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And again, [The] Lord knows the reasonings of the wise that they are vain.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And again—The Lord taketh note of the speculations of the wise, that they are vain.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and again, 'The Lord doth know the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And again: The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And againe, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vaine.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And again: The Lord knoweth the devices of the wise, that they are vain.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
again, 3825
{3825} Prime
πάλιν
palin
{pal'-in}
Probably from the same as G3823 (through the idea of oscillatory repetition); (adverbially) anew, that is, (of place) back, (of time) once more, or (conjugationally) furthermore or on the other hand.
The Lord 2962
{2962} Prime
κύριος
kurios
{koo'-ree-os}
From κῦρος [[kuros]] (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title).
knoweth 1097
{1097} Prime
γινώσκω
ginosko
{ghin-oce'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
thoughts 1261
{1261} Prime
διαλογισμός
dialogismos
{dee-al-og-is-mos'}
From G1260; discussion, that is, (internal) consideration (by implication purpose), or (external) debate.
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
wise, 4680
{4680} Prime
σοφός
sophos
{sof-os'}
Akin to σαφής [[saphes]] (clear); wise (in a most general application).
that 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
they are 1526
{1526} Prime
εἰσί
eisi
{i-see'}
Third person plural present indicative of G1510; they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
vain. 3152
{3152} Prime
μάταιος
mataios
{mat'-ah-yos}
From the base of G3155; empty, that is, (literally) profitless, or (specifically) an idol.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 3:20

_ _ Quotation from Psalms 94:11. There it is of men; here it is “of the wise.” Paul by inspiration states the class of men whose “thoughts” (or rather, “reasonings,” as suits the Greek and the sense of the context) the Spirit designated in the Psalm, “vanity,” namely, the “proud” (Psalms 94:2) and worldly-wise, whom God in Psalms 94:8 calls “fools,” though they “boast themselves” of their wisdom in pushing their interests (Psalms 94:4).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 3:18-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 3:20

That they are but vain — Empty, foolish; they and all their thoughts. Psalms 94:11.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the lord:

Psalms 94:11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they [are] vanity.

that:

Job 11:11-12 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider [it]? ... For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild ass's colt.
Psalms 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
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Jb 11:11. Ps 2:1; 94:11. Ro 1:21. Col 2:8.

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