1 Corinthians 14:27

“If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If any man speake in an vnknowen tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course, and let one interprete.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If anyone speaks in a tongue, {it should be} by two or at the most three, and {each} in turn, and one must interpret;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If any man speaketh in a tongue, `let it be' by two, or at the most three, and `that' in turn; and let one interpret:
- American Standard Version (1901)

If any man makes use of a tongue, let it not be more than two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let someone give the sense:
- Basic English Bible

If any one speak with a tongue, [let it be] two, or at the most three, and separately, and let one interpret;
- Darby Bible

If any man speaketh in an unknown language, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
- Webster's Bible

If there is speaking in an unknown tongue, only two or at the most three should speak, and they should do so one at a time, and one should interpret;
- Weymouth Bible

If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret.
- World English Bible

Whether a man spekith in tunge, bi twei men, ethir thre at the moste, and bi partis, that oon interprete.
- Wycliffe Bible

if an [unknown] tongue any one do speak, by two, or at the most, by three, and in turn, and let one interpret;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:27


14:27 By two or three at most - Let not above two or three speak at one meeting. And that by course - That is, one after another. And let one interpret - Either himself, #1Cor 14:13|; or, if he have not the gift, some other, into the vulgar tongue. It seems, the gift of tongues was an instantaneous knowledge of a tongue till then unknown, which he that received it could afterwards speak when he thought fit, without any new miracle.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:27


1Co 14:27 If any man speak in an [unknown] language. He must speak by two, or at the most three, two, or at the most three sentences by course, in succession. Most commentators refer "two" or "three" to persons speaking. I follow Macknight. See PNT "1Co 14:29. And let one interpret. And another, who has the gift of interpretation, must interpret. See 1Co 12:10.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14

  • 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.
  • Wayne
    While the woman preacher was in full control and full authority, all things were done in an orderly manner. Also decent manner. That's quite a broad statement about most western churches. Unless you've visited most western churches.
  • Steve morrow
    JUDE 1:17 BUT BELOVED REMEMBER YOU THE WORDS WHICH WERE SPOKEN BEFORE OF THE APOSTLES OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST --18-- HOW THAT THEY TOLD YOU THERE SHOULD BE MOCKERS IN THE LAST TIME WHO SHOULD WALK AFTER THEIR OWN UNGODLY LUSTS --19--THESE BE THEY WHO SEPARATE THEMSELVES SENSUAL NOT HAVING THE SPIRIT**PSALM 12:3 THE LORD SHALL CUT OFF ALL FLATTERING LIPS AND THE TONGUE THAT SPEAKETH PROUD THINGS**
  • 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
  • A disciple
    The Law for the women to keep silence and be obedient was commanded by the LORD God in Eden because of the woman's being beguiled by the devil. All things decently and in order, is the right way for Christians to conduct themselves; both at home and their usual surroundings, and in Assembly. Most all of the Western Churches however have abandoned modesty and orderly conduct for worldly influences.

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