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.

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