1 Corinthians 14:40
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New International Version
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

New Living Translation
But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.

English Standard Version
But all things should be done decently and in order.

New American Standard Bible
But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.

King James Bible
Let all things be done decently and in order.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But everything must be done decently and in order.

International Standard Version
But everything must be done in a proper and orderly way.

NET Bible
And do everything in a decent and orderly manner.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But let everything be done with decorum and with order.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But let all things be done decently and in order.

King James 2000 Bible
Let all things be done decently and in order.

American King James Version
Let all things be done decently and in order.

American Standard Version
But let all things be done decently and in order.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But let all things be done decently, and according to order.

Darby Bible Translation
But let all things be done comelily and with order.

English Revised Version
But let all things be done decently and in order.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let all things be done decently, and in order.

Weymouth New Testament
only let everything be done in a becoming and orderly manner.

World English Bible
Let all things be done decently and in order.

Young's Literal Translation
let all things be done decently and in order.
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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 40. - Let all things. The "but" of the original should not be omitted. It is a final caution against the abuse of the permission accorded in the last clause. Decently; that is, "with decorum." Thus Milton uses the term —

"... and held
Before his decent steps a silver wand."
In Romans 13:13 and 1 Thessalonians 4:12 it is translated "honestly," i.e. honourably. In order. Time, proportion, regulation, self suppression, are as necessary in worship as in "the music of men's lives."





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let all things be done decently and in order. Which may refer not only to what is said in this chapter, but in the foregoing part of the epistle; go not to law before the unbelievers; let not a believing yokefellow depart from an unbelieving one; let not him that has knowledge sit in an idol's temple, and eat meat there; let not a man pray with his head covered, and a woman with hers uncovered; come not to the house of God to eat and drink intemperately, thereby reflecting dishonour and scandal on the ordinance of the Lord's supper; let not any speak in an unknown tongue in the church, without an interpreter, as if he was a madman, nor suffer women to teach in public; all which are very unbecoming, and contrary to the rules of decency: do not encourage animosities, factions, and parties; despise not the faithful ministers of the word, but honour and obey them in the Lord; neglect not the discipline of the church, lay on censures, and pass the sentence of excommunication on such as deserve them; keep the ordinances as they have been delivered, particularly that of the Lord's supper; observe the rules prescribed for prophesying and speaking with tongues, and so all these things will be done according to the order of the Gospel: and the words may be considered as a general rule for the decent and orderly management of all things relating to the worship of God, and discipline of his house; that in all things a good decorum, and strict order, be observed, that nothing be done contrary to the rules of decency, and the laws and commandments of Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

40. Let, &c.—The oldest manuscripts read, "But let," &c. This verse is connected with 1Co 14:39, "But (while desiring prophecy, and not forbidding tongues) let all things be done decently." "Church government is the best security for Christian liberty" [J. Newton]. (Compare 1Co 14:23, 26-33).

1 Corinthians 14:40 Additional Commentaries
Context
Orderly Worship
39Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. 40But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
Cross References
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.

Colossians 2:5
For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Treasury of Scripture

Let all things be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 14:26-33 How is it then, brothers? when you come together, every one of you …

1 Corinthians 11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that you come not together …

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, …

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order …

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