1 Corinthians 14:8
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New International Version
Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

New Living Translation
And if the bugler doesn't sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle?

English Standard Version
And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?

Berean Study Bible
Again, if the trumpet sounds a muffled call, who will prepare for battle?

Berean Literal Bible
And indeed if the trumpet gives an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

New American Standard Bible
For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

King James Bible
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, if the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will prepare for battle?

International Standard Version
For example, if a bugle doesn't sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

NET Bible
If, for example, the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will get ready for battle?

New Heart English Bible
For if the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for war?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if a trumpet make a sound which is not distinct, who will be prepared for battle?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For example, if the trumpet doesn't sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

New American Standard 1977
For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

King James 2000 Bible
For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for the battle?

American King James Version
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

American Standard Version
For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle ?

Darby Bible Translation
For also, if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for war?

English Revised Version
For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war?

Webster's Bible Translation
For if the trumpet shall give an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

Weymouth New Testament
If the bugle--to take another example--gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?

World English Bible
For if the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for war?

Young's Literal Translation
for if also an uncertain sound a trumpet may give, who shall prepare himself for battle?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
14:6-14 Even an apostle could not edify, unless he spoke so as to be understood by his hearers. To speak words that have no meaning to those who hear them, is but speaking into the air. That cannot answer the end of speaking, which has no meaning; in this case, speaker and hearers are barbarians to each other. All religious services should be so performed in Christian assemblies, that all may join in, and profit by them. Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for public worship, and other religious exercises. Every true follower of Christ will rather desire to do good to others, than to get a name for learning or fine speaking.
Study Bible
Prophecy and Tongues
7Even in the case of lifeless instruments, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone recognize the tune they are playing unless the notes are distinct? 8Again, if the trumpet sounds a muffled call, who will prepare for battle? 9So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.…
Cross References
Numbers 10:9
"When you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies.

Jeremiah 4:19
My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart! My heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war.

Ezekiel 33:3
and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people,

Joel 2:1
Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near,

1 Corinthians 14:7
Even in the case of lifeless instruments, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone recognize the tune they are playing unless the notes are distinct?
Treasury of Scripture

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Numbers 10:9 And if you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses …

Joshua 6:4-20 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' …

Judges 7:16-18 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he …

Nehemiah 4:18-21 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and …

Job 39:24,25 He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believes …

Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown…

Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? …

Ephesians 6:11-18 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against …

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