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

  • BrenWeb
    God created the heaven and earth, he knows all things before the foundation was ever laid. Many are call and few are chosen. My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will allow his will to be done through whomever he choose. It is Godbusiness. Remember the "Wisdom of man is the foolishness of God"
  • Jimmy a disciple of Jesus
    well if God used a donkey He will use anyone!!! If more Men would be the leaders that God called them to be then maybe there wouldnt be women preaching but where are all the Men of God!!! Praise God for the Women that are doing the work!!! Where are all the men of God?????
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    SPEAKING IN TONGUES = CHRIST IN YOU = PROOF POSSITIVE OF THE POWER AND PRESENCE OF THE INDWELLING GIFTS OF THE 9 MANIFESTATIONS OF THE HOLY GHOST = BORN OF THE INCORRUPTABLE SEED MADE OF THE TRUE AND GENUINE TEMPLE MADE WITHOUT HANDS = OH YES WE CAN FOR HIS EVERLASTING GLORY IN THESE LATTER DAYS IN THIS KINGDOM OF GOD AMEN ! RESTORATION FROM ACTS THROUGH JUDE RIGHTLY DIVIDED AMEN ! SHALOM SAINTS !
  • A disciple
    "Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaks a barbarian, and he that speaks shall be a barbarian unto me." The Lord gave four examples of the kinds of hearts men have with respect to hearing and receiving His Word. The examples all came out of the individuals' own making of what kind they would be; for God's will is clearly for ALL of them to have been saved.
  • A disciple
    Wayne; God commanded the woman to be under obedience and subjection to her husband in Genesis 3:15 directly after pronouncing to the serpent his eternal condemnation and the breaking of his head by the coming of Christ. The Western Churches are in disobedience to this Word because of rebellious worldly influences and thinking they're above such things, thus opening the door to more and more evil.
  • Steve morrow
    5:43 I AM COME IN MY FATHERS NAME AND --- YOU RECEIVE ME NOT --- IF ANOTHER SHALL COME IN HIS OWN NAME HIM YOU WILL RECEIVE JOHN 14:15 ---IF YOU LOVE ME---KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS 1 CORINTHIANS 16:22 IF ANY MAN LOVE NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST LET HIM BE ANATHEMA MARANATHA ACTS 20:30 ALSO OF YOUR OWN SELVES SHALL MEN ARISE SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS TO DRAW AWAY DISCIPLES AFTER THEM

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