1 Corinthians 14:32
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New International Version
The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.

New Living Translation
Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns.

English Standard Version
and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.

New American Standard Bible
and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets;

King James Bible
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And the prophets' spirits are under the control of the prophets,

International Standard Version
The spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets,

NET Bible
Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the spirit of the Prophet is subject to the Prophet,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People who speak what God has revealed must control themselves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

King James 2000 Bible
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

American King James Version
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

American Standard Version
and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

Darby Bible Translation
And spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.

English Revised Version
and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets;

Webster's Bible Translation
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

Weymouth New Testament
and the spirits of Prophets yield submission to Prophets.

World English Bible
The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,

Young's Literal Translation
and the spiritual gift of prophets to prophets are subject,
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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 32. - And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. Into this golden aphorism St. Paul compresses the whole force of his reasoning. The articles are better omitted: "Spirits of prophets are under the control of prophets." Mantic inspirations, the violent possession which threw sibyls and priestesses into contortions - the foaming lip and streaming hair and glazed or glaring eye - have no place in the self-controlling dignity of Christian inspiration. Even Jewish prophets, in the paroxysm of emotion, might lie naked on the ground and rave (1 Samuel 19:24); but the genuine inspiration in Christian ages never obliterates the self consciousness or overpowers the reason; It abhors the hysteria and simulation and frenzy which have sometimes disgraced revivalism and filled lunatic asylums.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. Meaning either that the doctrines which the prophets deliver, the explanations they give of passages of Scriptures, the revelations they declare, are subject to the examination, judgment, and censure of other prophets; who have a right to try and judge them, either according to a more clear revelation they may have, or rather according to the sure word of prophecy, the Scriptures of truth; and indeed they are subject to the trial and judgment of the whole church, and therefore ought not to be stiff in their own sentiments, and obstinately persist in them, but cheerfully and readily submit them to be examined, and approved or disapproved by others; and particularly when one that sits by signifies he has something revealed to him, which will better explain, or give further light into what the speaker is upon, he ought to submit and give way to him; and thereby truth may be made manifest and established, instruction, edification, and comfort promoted, and peace and order preserved: or else the sense is, that the spiritual gifts of the prophets, and the inspirations and instincts by which they are acted, and the affections which are excited in them, are subject to themselves, so that they can use, or not use those gifts; though they have the word of the Lord they can forbear speaking, as Jeremy did, for a while, and as the case of Jonah shows; or they can refrain themselves and be silent, and wait till they have proper opportunity of speaking, being not like the prophets of false gods, who are acted by an evil spirit, and observe no order or decorum, but with a sort of fury and madness deliver involuntarily what is suggested to them: but such is not the case of true prophets that are influenced and directed by the Spirit of God, who will give way to one another; one will be silent while the other speaks, and by turns prophesy one after another; and where there is not such a subjection, it is a sign that the Spirit of God is not in them, for the reason that follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

32. And—following up the assertion in 1Co 14:31, "Ye can (if ye will) prophesy one by one," that is, restrain yourselves from speaking all together; "and the spirits of the prophets," that is, their own spirits, acted on by the Holy Spirit, are not so hurried away by His influence, as to cease to be under their own control; they can if they will hear others, and not demand that they alone should be heard uttering communications from God.

1 Corinthians 14:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
Orderly Worship
31For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted; 32and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; 33for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.…
Cross References
Acts 13:1
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.

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

1 Corinthians 14:31
For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace--as in all the congregations of the Lord's people.

2 Thessalonians 2:2
not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us--whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter--asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.

Revelation 22:6
The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place."
Treasury of Scripture

And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

1 Corinthians 14:29,30 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge…

1 Samuel 10:10-13 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets …

1 Samuel 19:19-24 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah…

2 Kings 2:3,5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, …

Job 32:8-11 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty …

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name…

Acts 4:19,20 But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it be right …

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

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