1 Corinthians 14:8
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?

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

Contemporary English Version
If a bugle call isn't clear, how would you know to get ready for battle?

Good News Translation
And if the one who plays the bugle does not sound a clear call, who will prepare for 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?
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 enter into battle in your land against an adversary who attacks you, sound short blasts on the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God and delivered from your enemies.

Jeremiah 4:19
My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the pain in my chest! My heart pounds within me; I cannot be silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of battle.

Ezekiel 33:3
and he sees the sword coming against that land and blows his trumpet to warn the people.

Joel 2:1
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on My holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the Day of the LORD is coming; in fact, it is at hand--

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 ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

Joshua 6:4-20
And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets…

Judges 7:16-18
And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers…







Lexicon
Again,
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

if
ἐὰν (ean)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1437: If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

[the] trumpet
σάλπιγξ (salpinx)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4536: A trumpet, the sound of a trumpet. Perhaps from salos; a trumpet.

sounds
δῷ (dō)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

a muffled
ἄδηλον (adēlon)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 82: Unseen, not obvious, inconspicuous, indistinct. Hidden, figuratively, indistinct.

call,
φωνὴν (phōnēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5456: Probably akin to phaino through the idea of disclosure; a tone; by implication, an address, saying or language.

who
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

will prepare
παρασκευάσεται (paraskeuasetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3903: To prepare; mid: I prepare, make preparations. From para and a derivative of skeuos; to furnish aside, i.e. Get ready.

for
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

battle?
πόλεμον (polemon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4171: A war, battle, strife. From pelomai; warfare.
(8) For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound.--Not only has each instrument its own sound, but in each instrument there is a distinction of notes. If a trumpet does not clearly sound the advance when it is intended, or the retreat when it is meant, the trumpet is useless, the soldiers not knowing what to do.

Verse 8. - If the trumpet give an uncertain sound. A spiritual exhortation should be like the "blowing of a trumpet in Zion;" but if, as in "the tongue," the trumpet only gave forth an unintelligible blare, its sounds were useless. 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.
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