1 Corinthians 14:40
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.

Berean Study Bible
But everything must be done in a proper and orderly manner.

Berean Literal Bible
But let all things be done properly and with 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.

Christian Standard Bible
But everything is to be done decently and in order.

Contemporary English Version
But do everything properly and in order.

Good News Translation
Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way.

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.

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

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.

New American Standard 1977
But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner.

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.
Study Bible
Orderly Worship
39So, my brothers, be eager to prophesy and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40But everything must be done in a proper and 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 saints,

Colossians 2:5
For although I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, and I delight to see your orderly condition and firm faith in Christ.

Treasury of Scripture

Let all things be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 14:26-33
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying…

1 Corinthians 11:34
And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

Romans 13:13
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

everything
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

must be done
γινέσθω (ginesthō)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

in a proper
εὐσχημόνως (euschēmonōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 2156: Becomingly, decorously, decently. Adverb from euschemon; decorously.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

orderly [manner].
τάξιν (taxin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5010: From tasso; regular arrangement, i.e. fixed succession, official dignity.
(40) Let all things be done decently.--The former verse reiterates in a condensed sentence the principles laid down regarding the gifts in the first part of the chapter (1Corinthians 14:1-25). This verse similarly deals with the general principle laid down in the latter part of the chapter regarding the style and order of public worship. The object of all church assemblies is to be the building up of the Body of Christ, which is His Church; and therefore seemliness and ordered regularity are absolutely necessary to this end. Here again, as in so many other instances in this Epistle, while the particular and unique circumstances which called forth the apostolic instructions have for centuries passed away, the writings of St. Paul are of permanent and abiding application, because of the general and eternal principles on which his instructions are based. The strange outbursts of incoherent fanaticism which have occurred from time to time in the after-history of the Church are condemned by the principle with which St. Paul combatted the disorder of the gift of tongues in Corinth; and the practice of the Roman Church, in performing her public services in a tongue not "understanded of the people," is at variance with the principle which in this chapter he reiterates with varied emphasis--that all public utterance of prayer and praise should be such as those present can join in, not only with emotional heart but with clear and understanding intellect.

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."



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.
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