1 Corinthians 14:28
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New International Version
If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

New Living Translation
But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately.

English Standard Version
But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.

New American Standard Bible
but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.

King James Bible
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if there is no interpreter, that person should keep silent in the church and speak to himself and to God.

International Standard Version
If an interpreter is not present, the speaker should remain silent in the church and speak to himself and God.

NET Bible
But if there is no interpreter, he should be silent in the church. Let him speak to himself and to God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if there is no translator, let him who speaks in a language be silent in the church and let him speak to himself and to God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But if an interpreter isn't present, those people should remain silent in church. They should only speak to themselves and to God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silence in the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}, and let him speak to himself and to God.

King James 2000 Bible
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

American King James Version
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

American Standard Version
but if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if there be no interpreter, let him hold his peace in the church, and speak to himself and to God.

Darby Bible Translation
but if there be no interpreter, let him be silent in [the] assembly, and let him speak to himself and to God.

English Revised Version
but if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Weymouth New Testament
or if there is no interpreter, let the man with the gift be silent in the Church, speaking to himself and to God.

World English Bible
But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Young's Literal Translation
and if there may be no interpreter, let him be silent in an assembly, and to himself let him speak, and to God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:26-33 Religious exercises in public assemblies should have this view; Let all be done to edifying. As to the speaking in an unknown tongue, if another were present who could interpret, two miraculous gifts might be exercised at once, and thereby the church be edified, and the faith of the hearers confirmed at the same time. As to prophesying, two or three only should speak at one meeting, and this one after the other, not all at once. The man who is inspired by the Spirit of God will observe order and decency in delivering his revelations. God never teaches men to neglect their duties, or to act in any way unbecoming their age or station.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - Let him keep silence. The "him" refers to the glossolalist, not to the interpreter. To himself. In his private devotions (as St. Paul himself seems to have done); not in the public assembly.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if there be no interpreter,.... None that has the gift of interpretation of divers tongues, and he that speaks with them has not that, which was sometimes the case:

let him keep silence in the church; let him not make use of his gift publicly before the whole congregation, since without an interpreter it will be entirely useless:

and let him speak to himself, and to God; he may make use of his gift to his own edification, and to the glory of God, by speaking with a low voice, or in his heart, which he himself may be conscious of, and God the searcher of hearts, and that knows all languages, fully understands; and so may be edified himself, and God may be glorified by him; whereas, if he was to use it openly and publicly, it would not only be unprofitable, but an hinderance to others: or he might retire to his own house, and there exercise it by himself, and in the presence of God, when it might be of some use and advantage to himself, but would be highly improper to bring it into the church, or public congregation; for instead of assisting, it would but dampen their devotion, and therefore it was very reasonable he should be silent there.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. let him—the speaker in unknown tongues.

speak to himself, and to God—(compare 1Co 14:2, 4)—privately and not in the hearing of others.

1 Corinthians 14:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Orderly Worship
27If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must interpret; 28but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God. 29Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:27
If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.

1 Corinthians 14:29
Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
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