1 Corinthians 14:38
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New International Version
But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.

New Living Translation
But if you do not recognize this, you yourself will not be recognized.

English Standard Version
If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

New American Standard Bible
But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

King James Bible
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if anyone ignores this, he will be ignored.

International Standard Version
But if anyone ignores this, he should be ignored.

NET Bible
If someone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if a man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But whoever ignores what I write should be ignored.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But anyone that ignores them shall be ignored.

King James 2000 Bible
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

American King James Version
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

American Standard Version
But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if any man know not, he shall not be known.

Darby Bible Translation
But if any be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

English Revised Version
But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Weymouth New Testament
But if any one is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

World English Bible
But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Young's Literal Translation
and if any one is ignorant -- let him be ignorant;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:34-40 When the apostle exhorts Christian women to seek information on religious subjects from their husbands at home, it shows that believing families ought to assemble for promoting spiritual knowledge. The Spirit of Christ can never contradict itself; and if their revelations are against those of the apostle, they do not come from the same Spirit. The way to keep peace, truth, and order in the church, is to seek that which is good for it, to bear with that which is not hurtful to its welfare, and to keep up good behaviour, order, and decency.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 38. - Let him be ignorant. The formula seems to fall under the idiom which refuses to say anything more about a subject ("If I perish, I perish;" "What I have written, I have written;" "He that is filthy, let him be filthy still," etc.). The readings vary considerably ("He is ignored;" "He has been ignored;" "He shall be ignored;" "Let him be ignored"). These other readings would be a statement of retribution in kind - of God "sprinkling penal blindnesses on forbidden lusts." But the reading of our translation is on the whole the best supported, and means that to invincible bigotry and ignorant obstinacy St. Paul will have no more to say (Matthew 15:14; 1 Timothy 6:3-5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if any man be ignorant,.... Of "these" words, as the Arabic version adds, and does not know and own them to be the commandments of Christ; though he may profess himself to be a prophet, or a spiritual man, he is a very ignorant one, and has not the Spirit of God he pretends to: and if he will not be convinced, but goes on to doubt, and call in question the truth of these things, and obstinately persist in his ignorance,

let him be ignorant: let him be treated and despised as an ignorant man; and let his ignorance be no hinderance to any in receiving these rules and directions as the commandments of Christ; for no regard is to be had, or pity shown, to a man of affected ignorance, and wilful obstinacy; such a man is not to be known and owned, but shunned and rejected.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

38. if any man be ignorant—wilfully; not wishing to recognize these ordinances and my apostolic authority in enjoining them.

let him be ignorant—I leave him to his ignorance: it will be at his own peril; I feel it a waste of words to speak anything further to convince him. An argument likely to have weight with the Corinthians, who admired "knowledge" so much.

1 Corinthians 14:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
Orderly Worship
37If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord's commandment. 38But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 39Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:37
If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command.

1 Corinthians 14:39
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
Treasury of Scripture

But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Hosea 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

1 Timothy 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

Revelation 22:11,12 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, …

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