1 Corinthians 14:16

“Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Else, when thou shalt blesse with the spirit, how shall hee that occupieth the roome of the vnlearned, say Amen at thy giuing of thankes, seeing he vnderstandeth not what thou sayest?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Otherwise if you bless in the spirit {only,} how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the "Amen at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Else if thou bless with the spirit, how shall he that filleth the place of the unlearned say the Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he knoweth not what thou sayest?
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if you give a blessing with the spirit, how will the man who has no knowledge say, So be it, after your prayer, seeing that he has not taken in what you are saying?
- Basic English Bible

Since otherwise, if thou blessest with [the] spirit, how shall he who fills the place of the simple [Christian] say Amen, at thy giving of thanks, since he does not know what thou sayest?
- Darby Bible

Else, when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
- Webster's Bible

Otherwise, if you bless God in spirit only, how shall he who is in the position of an ungifted man say the `Amen' to your giving of thanks, when he does not know what your words mean?
- Weymouth Bible

Otherwise if you bless with the spirit, how will he who fills the place of the unlearned say the "Amen" at your giving of thanks, seeing he doesn't know what you say?
- World English Bible

For if thou blessist in spirit, who fillith the place of an ydiot, hou schal he seie Amen on thi blessyng, for he woot not, what thou seist?
- Wycliffe Bible

since, if thou mayest bless with the spirit, he who is filling the place of the unlearned, how shall he say the Amen at thy giving of thanks, since what thou dost say he hath not known?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:16


14:16 Otherwise how shall he that filleth the place of a private person - That is, any private hearer. Say Amen - Assenting and confirming your words, as it was even then usual for the whole congregation to do.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:16


1Co 14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, etc. If an unknown tongue is used, how can one who does not understand it "say Amen" to the blessing at the proper place? The unlearned. A private person, the private members of the church, those not possessed of the spiritual gifts. Say Amen. This shows that audible responses to the praises and thanksgivings were the custom of the church.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14:16

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