Yet again we find the Christian bible and the list maker taking a statement out of its timeframe and context. Isaiah is speaking to HIS generation. The verse begins with the words "Therefore, I will continue to perform obscurity to this people." CONTINUE (as in He is already doing this and will continue doing this 600 years before the birth of Jesus).
The claim states that the people who are "confounded" are confused by the "Word." Nowhere in this passage does the prophet Isaiah say that the wise are "confounded" -- this is a misreading of it. Isaiah is saying that the people who are going through the motions -- go back and re-read Y'shayahu / Isaiah 29:13: "Because this people has come near; with their mouth and with their lips they honor Me, but their heart they draw far away from Me"
It is these people to whom G-d addresses the fact that they are blind and confused -- not the wise people. These confused people do not LISTEN to the wise people (including prohets like Isaiah). Read verse 14: "Therefore, I (G-d) will continue to perform obscurity to this people, obscurity upon obscurity, and the wisdom of his wise men shall be lost, and the understanding of his geniuses shall be hidden."
Also note that verse 14 says nothing about the word.
Nary a word (pun intended).
FYI, there is no "Word" with a capital "W" in Hebrew -- Hebrew has no capital letters. The idea of a personified "word" is pagan (as in "the word is flesh").
Y'shayahu / Isaiah 29:14 continues from the previous verse which we discussed in the last blog post, namely claim #192. Isaiah 29:13...He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word...Matthew 15:7-9. Y'shayahu / Isaiah 29:13 has nothing to do with the messiah, or what the messiah might say (berating hypocrites). Y'shayahu / Isaiah 29:14 is also not a messianic prophecy -- which many Christian commentators also state.
I Corinthians 1:18-31 seems to try to convince Christians to not bother being wise or intelligent -- it misquotes the passage in Isaiah, saying " For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." This is not at all what the passage in the Isaiah is about. In Isaiah G-d is making the point that people who go through the motions -- praying, doing rituals, etc. -- but are not sincere, they do not love Him, they are simply "going through the motions" are disgusting to Him. As a result of this pretense and observance G-d will take away the wise, the sages, the prophets. . . and His word (Torah) will become obscure -- wisdom will be lost." This is almost the opposite of I Corinithians 1. . .