1 Corinthians 14:21

“In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

In the Law it is written, With men of other tongues, and other lippes will I speake vnto this people: and yet for all that will they not heare me, saith the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In the Law it is written, "BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF STRANGERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, AND EVEN SO THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME, says the Lord."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In the law it is written, By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers will I speak unto this people; and not even thus will they hear me, saith the Lord.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In the law it is said, By men of other tongues and by strange lips will my words come to this people; and not even so will they give ear to me, says the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

It is written in the law, By people of other tongues, and by strange lips, will I speak to this people; and neither thus will they hear me, saith the Lord.
- Darby Bible

In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak to this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
- Webster's Bible

In the Law it stands written, "`By men of unknown tongues and by the lips of an unknown nation will I speak to this People, but even then they will not listen to Me', says the Lord."
- Weymouth Bible

In the law it is written, "By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. Not even thus will they hear me, says the Lord."
- World English Bible

For in the lawe it is writun, That in othere tungis and othere lippis Y schal speke to this puple, and nether so thei schulen here me, seith the Lord.
- Wycliffe Bible

in the law it hath been written, that, `With other tongues and with other lips I will speak to this people, and not even so will they hear Me, saith the Lord;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:21


14:21 It is written in the Law - The word here, as frequently, means the Old Testament. In foreign tongues will I speak to this people - And so he did. He spake terribly to them by the Babylonians, when they had set at nought what he had spoken by the prophets, who used their own language. These words received a farther accomplishment on the day of pentecost. #Isaiah 28:11|.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:21


1Co 14:21 In the law it is written. For the quotation, see Isa 28:11,12. The Jews were there told that for their sins they would be carried into the Assyrian captivity, where they would hear strange languages. This was a judgment. Wherefore, do not force the church to listen to listen to strange tongues which serve to remind of the judgment of Israel.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14:21

  • Ben weaver for verse 21
    In V. 21, Paul directs us to Isa. 28:11-13 on the tongues subject, where the Lord says,"This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest, and this is the refreshing, yet they would not hear". They seemed to prefer "Precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken". Let's be willing to function in his kingdom by his rules.

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