“For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”
–1 Corinthians 3:19
Paul is quoting from the Old Testament to make his point about the wise in the world being made fools before God. A huge point.
I would like to skip that point for the time being and give you something else less obvious to ponder.
The quote above is from the book of Job. Job 5:13, in fact. Here’s the cool, amazing point: he is quoting Eliphaz one of Job’s friends.
Why is that cool? Well, obviously because Job’s friends were all idiots and speaking error and yet the Apostle Paul quotes Idiot Number One in making his point!
How is that not cool? What does this do for our interpretation of Job’s friends? Or, perhaps, what does this do for our understanding of the Apostle Paul?
I like to think that Paul quoting Eliphaz is another example of God making the wise look foolish and the foolish look wise! I think Paul outdid himself in making this point by using subliminal pointmaking!