1 Corinthians 14:24
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New International Version
But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all,

New Living Translation
But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don't understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say.

English Standard Version
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,

New American Standard Bible
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all;

King James Bible
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if all are prophesying and some unbeliever or uninformed person comes in, he is convicted by all and is judged by all.

International Standard Version
But if everyone is prophesying, when an unbeliever or an uneducated person comes in he will be convicted and examined by everything that's happening.

NET Bible
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or uninformed person enters, he will be convicted by all, he will be called to account by all.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if all of you would prophesy and the unlearned or an unbeliever should enter, he is searched out by all of you and he is reproved by all of you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now suppose you speak what God has revealed. When unbelievers or outsiders come in you will show them where they are wrong and convince them that they are sinners.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that does not believe or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all;

King James 2000 Bible
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convicted of all, he is judged of all:

American King James Version
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

American Standard Version
But if all prophesy, and there come in one unbelieving or unlearned, he is reproved by all, he is judged by all;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or an unlearned person, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all.

Darby Bible Translation
But if all prophesy, and some unbeliever or simple [person] come in, he is convicted of all, he is judged of all;

English Revised Version
But if all prophesy, and there come in one unbelieving or unlearned, he is reproved by all, he is judged by all;

Webster's Bible Translation
But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced by all, he is judged by all:

Weymouth New Testament
If, on the other hand, every one is prophesying and an unbeliever or an ungifted man comes in, he is convicted by all and closely examined by all,

World English Bible
But if all prophesy, and someone unbelieving or unlearned comes in, he is reproved by all, and he is judged by all.

Young's Literal Translation
and if all may prophecy, and any one may come in, an unbeliever or unlearned, he is convicted by all, he is discerned by all,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:15-25 There can be no assent to prayers that are not understood. A truly Christian minister will seek much more to do spiritual good to men's souls, than to get the greatest applause to himself. This is proving himself the servant of Christ. Children are apt to be struck with novelty; but do not act like them. Christians should be like children, void of guile and malice; yet they should not be unskilful as to the word of righteousness, but only as to the arts of mischief. It is a proof that a people are forsaken of God, when he gives them up to the rule of those who teach them to worship in another language. They can never be benefitted by such teaching. Yet thus the preachers did who delivered their instructions in an unknown tongue. Would it not make Christianity ridiculous to a heathen, to hear the ministers pray or preach in a language which neither he nor the assembly understood? But if those who minister, plainly interpret Scripture, or preach the great truths and rules of the gospel, a heathen or unlearned person might become a convert to Christianity. His conscience might be touched, the secrets of his heart might be revealed to him, and so he might be brought to confess his guilt, and to own that God was present in the assembly. Scripture truth, plainly and duly taught, has a wonderful power to awaken the conscience and touch the heart.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - All prophesy. If one after another speak the word of spiritual exhortation. He is convinced of all, he is judged of all; literally, he is being convicted by all, he is being examined by all; in other words, each address is calculated to awaken conviction in him and to search his heart. Thus the address of St. Peter pierced the consciences of his hearers, when the glossolaly even of Pentecost produced no effect beyond that of irreverent wonder (Acts 2:37). It is easy to see that the style and method of worship in the assemblies of Christians at this early epoch resembled that now prevalent among Quakers. The teaching was not left to recognized pastors, but any Christian might speak who had gifts which moved him to address his brethren. The externals of worship are of no eternal signifiance, but are best left to be moulded by the requirements of time and place, with reference to the teachings of past experience. No doubt St. Paul's depreciation of glossolaly led to its rapid disappearance when it had done its work of being "a sign to unbelievers." But if ancient modes of worship were too independent of rigid conditions, modern modes are, on the other hand, too stereotyped and inelastic.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if all prophecy,.... That is, all that speak publicly in the church, not together, but in their order, one after another, as is hereafter directed:

and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned; an unbeliever that has only the knowledge of his mother tongue, in which prophesying or preaching is used:

he is convinced of all, he is judged of all; of all the prophets or preachers; they all reprove him, and detect his secret, as the Arabic version renders the words; and to the same purport the Ethiopic. This must be understood of such persons whom the Spirit of God, under, and by the ministry of the word, powerfully works upon; whose hearts he opens to receive the word, and to whom he effectually applies it; whom he convinces of sin, righteousness, and judgment, shows the evil of their hearts and ways, reproves their errors, convicts them of their mistakes, and informs their judgments, and condemns all their principles and practices which are not agreeably to the word of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. all—one by one (1Co 14:31).

prophesy—speak the truth by the Spirit intelligibly, and not in unintelligible tongues.

one—"anyone." Here singular; implying that this effect, namely, conviction by all, would be produced on anyone, who might happen to enter. In 1Co 14:23 the plural is used; "unlearned or unbelievers"; implying that however many there might be, not one would profit by the tongues; yea, their being many would confirm them in rejecting the sign, as many unbelieving men together strengthen one another in unbelief; individuals are more easily won [Bengel].

convinced—convicted in conscience; said of the "one that believeth not" (Joh 16:8, 9).

judged—His secret character is opened out. "Is searched into" [Alford]. Said of the "one unlearned" (compare 1Co 2:15).

1 Corinthians 14:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Prophecy and Tongues
23Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad? 24But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an ungifted man enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all; 25the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so he will fall on his face and worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.
Cross References
John 16:8
When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:

1 Corinthians 14:1
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:16
Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying?

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Treasury of Scripture

But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

he is convinced.

1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

John 1:47-49 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite …

John 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not …

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said …

Hebrews 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

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