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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS - Chapter 14 - Verse 26

Verse 26. How is it then, brethren? See Barnes "1 Co 14:15".

What is the fact? What actually occurs among you? Does that state of things exist which I have described? Is there that order in your public worship which is demanded and proper? It is implied in his asking this question that there might be some things among them which were improper, and which deserved reproof.

When ye come together. For worship.

Every one of you, etc. That is, all the things which are specified would be found among them. It is evidently not meant that all these things would be found in the same person, but would all exist at the same time; and thus confusion and disorder would be inevitable. Instead of waiting for an intimation from the presiding officer in the assembly, or speaking in succession and in order, each one probably regarded himself as under the influence of the Holy Spirit; as having an important message to communicate, or as being called on to celebrate the praises of God; and thus confusion and disorder would prevail. Many would be speaking at the same time, and a most unfavourable impression would be made on the minds of the strangers who should be present, 1 Co 14:23. This implied reproof of the Corinthians is certainly a reproof of those public assemblies where many speak at the same time; or where a portion are engaged in praying, and others in exhortation. Nor can it be urged that in such cases those who engage in these exercises are under the influence of the Holy Spirit; for, however true that may be, yet it is no more true than it was in Corinth, and yet the apostle reproved the practice there. The Holy Spirit is the Author of order, and not of confusion, 1 Co 14:33; and true religion prompts to peace and regularity, and not to discord and tumult.

Hath a psalm. Is disposed to sing; is inclined to praise; and, however irregular or improper, expresses his thanks in a public manner. See Barnes "1 Co 14:16".

 

Hath a doctrine. Has some religious truth on his mind which he deems it of special importance to inculcate. See Barnes "1 Co 14:6".

 

Hath a tongue. Has something made known to him in a foreign language; or has a power of speaking a foreign language, and exercises it, though it produces great confusion.

Hath a revelation. Some truth which has been particularly revealed to him; perhaps an explanation of some mystery, (Doddridge;) or a revelation of some future event, (Macknight;) or a prophecy, (Bloomfield;) or a power of explaining some of the truths couched in the types and figures of the Old Testament, (Grotius.)

Hath an interpretation. An explanation of something that has been uttered by another in a foreign language. See Barnes "1 Co 12:10".

 

Let all things, etc. Let this be the great principle, to promote the edification of the church. See Barnes "1 Co 14:12".

If this rule were followed, it would prevent confusion and disorder.

{b} "doctrine" 1 Co 14:6 {+} "tongue" "Language" {c} "Let all things" 1 Co 14:40

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