1 Corinthians 14:7
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English Standard Version
If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?

King James Bible
And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

American Standard Version
Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they give not a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Even things without life that give sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction of sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped ?

English Revised Version
Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they give not a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

Webster's Bible Translation
And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

Weymouth New Testament
Even inanimate things--flutes or harps, for instance--when yielding a sound, if they make no distinction in the notes, how shall the tune which is played on the flute or the harp be known?

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Vincent's Word Studies

Voice (φωνὴν)

See on sound, Romans 10:18. The sound generally. Used sometimes of sounds emitted by things without life, as a trumpet or the wind. See Matthew 24:31; John 3:8.

Harp (κιθάρα)

See on Revelation 5:8.

Distinction (διαστολὴν)

Proper modulation. Compare the use of the word in Romans 3:22; Romans 10:12.

Sounds (φθόγγοις)

The distinctive sounds as modulated. See on Romans 10:18.

1 Corinthians 14:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

things.

1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

except.

1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Numbers 10:2-10 Make you two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shall you make them: that you may use them for the calling of the assembly...

Matthew 11:17 And saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and you have not lamented.

Luke 7:32 They are like to children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped to you...

sounds. or, tunes.

Cross References
1 Samuel 10:5
After that you shall come to Gibeath-elohim, where there is a garrison of the Philistines. And there, as soon as you come to the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying.

Matthew 11:17
"'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'

1 Corinthians 14:6
Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?

1 Corinthians 14:8
And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?

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