1 Corinthians 14:34

“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let your women keepe silence in the Churches, for it is not permitted vnto them to speake; but they are commanded to bee vnder obedience: as also saith the Law.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let women keep quiet in the churches: for it is not right for them to be talking; but let them be under control, as it says in the law.
- Basic English Bible

Let [your] women be silent in the assemblies, for it is not permitted to them to speak; but to be in subjection, as the law also says.
- Darby Bible

Let your women keep silence in the churches; for it is not permitted to them to speak: but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
- Webster's Bible

Let married women be silent in the Churches, for they are not permitted to speak. They must be content with a subordinate place, as the Law also says;
- Weymouth Bible

let your wives keep silent in the assemblies, for it has not been permitted for them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as the law also says.
- World English Bible

Wymmen in chirchis be stille; for it is not suffrid to hem to speke, but to be suget, as the lawe seith.
- Wycliffe Bible

Your women in the assemblies let them be silent, for it hath not been permitted to them to speak, but to be subject, as also the law saith;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:34


14:34 Let your women be silent in the churches - Unless they are under an extraordinary impulse of the Spirit. For, in other cases, it is not permitted them to speak - By way of teaching in public assemblies. But to be in subjection - To the man whose proper office it is to lead and to instruct the congregation. #Gen 3:16|.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:34


1Co 14:34,35 Let your woman keep silence in the churches. This, in view of other portions of the Scriptures, is confessedly a difficult passage. We have the same teaching in 1Ti 2:11,12. On the other hand, Deborah was a judge and a prophetess (Jud 4:4); Huldah was a prophetess (1Ki 22:14); Joel predicted that in the Christian dispensation "the sons and 'daughters' should prophesy" (Joe 2:28), and Peter declared that this was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost (Ac 2:4). In addition, the daughters of Philip prophesied (Ac 21:9), and Paul gives directions concerning women prophesying in 1Co 11:5. Probably these apparent discrepancies may be reconciled as follows: (1) Paul's prohibition of speaking to the women is "in the churches"; that is, in the church assemblies when "the whole church is come together into one place" (1Co 14:23). It is an official meeting of the church. "Church" in the New Testament always means the "ecclesia". It does not apply to such informal meetings as the social or prayer-meetings, but to formal gatherings of the whole body. (2) It may be that even this prohibition was due to the circumstances that existed in Ephesus, where Timothy was, and in Corinth, and would not apply everywhere. If so, it applies wherever similar circumstances exist, but not elsewhere. Both were Greek churches. Among the Greeks public women were disreputable. For a woman to speak in public would cause the remark that she was shameless. Virtuous women were secluded. Hence it would be "a shame for women to speak in the church" assembly. It is noteworthy that there is no hint of such a prohibition to any churches except Grecian. Wherever it would be shameful, women ought not to speak.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14:34

  • Women are speaking in the churches nowadays. The last time i attended church I saw a woman at the podium fulfilling what looked like the role of a male pastor. Anyway I thought was unusual, and this verse came to mind. Political correctness has invaded the church, but that means Jesus's return is imminent. Trust in christ for salvation today, human wisdom has completely failed in these end times.
  • Charles godbey for verse 34
    for fifty plus years pastors preached women should remain silent in church. I cant find any now. what happend? I will continue to believe Gods word over wimpy mens.ask the lord to help you read and understand. may God blessyou folks.
  • Brian Sterley for verse 34
    Why does Paul say that women should keep silent in churches? Please help.
  • All i can say is God never changes .man makes void the word of God by his traditions
  • Women prophesier 's existed and are welcome to prophecy. Can it be that there are times when it is ok and times when it is not ok speak.Didn 't Jesus tell Mary to go and tell that he is risen? So there are times when it is acceptable. We should teach our children, we have our hands full enough and men should take the lead at church. So men get some more men into church.
  • Nothing but the Truth for verse 34
    Many times in recent yrs women friends of mind in the Lord have approached me to visit their churches which have women Pastors, and trust me, these women are so called Bible loving Christians who know the Word of God. I 've more than once been tempted to visit some of these churches, but something within me the Holy Spirit has held me back. For the simple reason that the LORD has said in several verses that women are not to have spiritual leadership over the flock! and personally I have no problem at all with obeying this command. For me political considerations should NEVER super impose themselves above the word of GOD, period! end of discussion! Amen.

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