31 Then someone reported to David, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.”

Lord,” David pleaded, “please turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!” (A)

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12 He frustrates the schemes of the crafty
so that they[a] achieve no success.
13 He traps the wise in their craftiness
so that the plans of the deceptive
are quickly brought to an end.(A)
14 They encounter darkness by day,
and they grope at noon
as if it were night.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 5:12 Lit their hands

10 The Lord frustrates the counsel of the nations;
he thwarts the plans of the peoples.(A)

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14 Therefore, I will again confound these people
with wonder after wonder.(A)
The wisdom of their wise will vanish,(B)
and the perception of their perceptive will be hidden.

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57 I will make her princes and sages drunk,
along with her governors, officials, and warriors.
Then they will fall asleep forever
and never wake up.(A)
This is the King’s declaration;
the Lord of Armies is his name.(B)

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20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the teacher of the law?[a] Where is the debater of this age?(A) Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish?

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Footnotes

  1. 1:20 Or scholar

27 Instead, God has chosen(A) what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong.

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