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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 14:8


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 14:8

    For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

    World English Bible

    For if the trumpet gave an uncertain
    sound, who would prepare himself for war?

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 14:8

    For if the trumpet give an uncertain
    sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle ?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For if the trumpet shall give an uncertain
    sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ γαρ 1063 CONJ εαν 1437 COND αδηλον 82 A-ASF φωνην 5456 N-ASF σαλπιγξ 4536 N-NSF δω 1325 5632 V-2AAS-3S τις 5101 I-NSM παρασκευασεται 3903 5695 V-FDI-3S εις 1519 PREP πολεμον 4171 N-ASM

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (8) -
    Nu 10:9 Jos 6:4-20 Jud 7:16-18 Ne 4:18-21 Job 39:24,25

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 14:8

    Y si la trompeta diere sonido incierto, ¿quin se apercibir a la batalla?

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 14:8

    Verse 8. If the
    trumpet give an uncertain sound] If, when the soldier should prepare himself for the battle, the trumpet should give a different sound to that which is ordinarily used on such occasions, the soldier is not informed of what he should do, and therefore does not arm himself; consequently, that vague, unintelligible sound of the trumpet, is of no use.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 8. For if the
    trumpet give an uncertain sound , etc.] That is not plain and manifest, so as that it cannot be known on what account it is given: who shall prepare himself to the battle ? the allusion is to the custom of many nations, Jews and others, who, when about to engage in war, made use of musical instruments, particularly the trumpet, to gather the soldiers together, prepare them for the battle, give them notice of it, and animate them to it f285 ; the sound of the trumpet was the alarm of war; (see Jeremiah 4:5,19,21 Job 39:25). And particularly the allusion may be to the two silver trumpets, ordered by God to Moses for the Jews, which were to be made of a whole piece, and to be used for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps, and to blow an alarm with when they went to war against the enemy, ( Numbers 10:1,2,9) and were a lively emblem of the Gospel, whose use is to gather souls to Christ, to direct saints in their journeying, and to prepare and animate them for battle, with their spiritual enemies; and of which use it is, when it gives a certain and even sound, as it does when clearly and rightly blown; and that is, the sound of love, grace, and mercy, to the sons of men, through a bleeding Saviour; salvation alone by a crucified Jesus, peace and pardon by his blood, justification by his righteousness, and atonement by his sacrifice; when it is blown aright, it blows a blast on all the goodliness of man, it magnifies the grace of God, exalts the person of Christ, debases the creature, shows its impurity, imperfection, and inability; and expresses the nature, use, and necessity of efficacious grace; and puts believers on doing good works for necessary uses, but not for life, righteousness, and salvation; and so its sound is equal, even, and certain: and when it is so, it is a means of gathering souls to Christ, the standard bearer and ensign of the people; and of engaging them to enlist themselves as volunteers in his service; and of animating them to fight under his banner the battles of the Lord of hosts: but if this trumpet gives an uncertain sound, as it does when grace and works are blended together in the business of salvation; and faith or works put in the room of, or joined with the righteousness of Christ in justification; when particular election and general redemption, or the salvability of all men, are put together; the covenant of grace represented as conditional, and preparations for grace, and offers of grace, and days of grace talked of, that may be past and lost; then who can prepare himself for the battle? persons must be thrown into, and left in the utmost uncertainty and confusion: when this is the case, they know not what side to take on, but halt between two opinions; they know not what that faith is they are to fight and earnestly contend for; they are not able to discern an enemy from a friend; they have no heart to fight and endure hardness, as good soldiers of Christ; nor can they promise themselves, or be assured of victory, which the certain sound of the Gospel gives them.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 6-14 - Even an
    apostle could not edify, unless he spoke so as to be understoo by his hearers. To speak words that have no meaning to those who hea them, is but speaking into the air. That cannot answer the end of speaking, which has no meaning; in this case, speaker and hearers ar barbarians to each other. All religious services should be so performe in Christian assemblies, that all may join in, and profit by them Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for publi worship, and other religious exercises. Every true follower of Chris will rather desire to do good to others, than to get a name for learning or fine speaking.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ γαρ 1063 CONJ εαν 1437 COND αδηλον 82 A-ASF φωνην 5456 N-ASF σαλπιγξ 4536 N-NSF δω 1325 5632 V-2AAS-3S τις 5101 I-NSM παρασκευασεται 3903 5695 V-FDI-3S εις 1519 PREP πολεμον 4171 N-ASM

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    8. The
    trumpet (salpigx). Properly, a war-trumpet.

    Sound (fwnhn). Rev., much better, voice, preserving the distinction between the mere sound of the trumpet and the modulated notes. The case might be illustrated by the bugle calls or points by which military commands are issued, as distinguished from the mere blare of the trumpet.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    14:8 {An uncertain voice} (adelon fwnen). Old adjective (a privative, delos, manifest). In N.T. only here and #Lu 11:44. Military trumpet (salpigx) is louder than pipe or harp. {Shall prepare himself} (paraskeuasetai). Direct middle future indicative of paraskeuazw, old verb, in N.T. only here, #2Co 9:2ff.; Ac 10:10. From para, skeue (preparation).


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