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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

1 Corinthians Chapter 14

1 Corinthians 14:1

co1 14:1


The subject is still the Greek, "pneumatika". Chapter 12 described the gifts and the Body; Chapter 13 described the love which alone gives ministry of gift any value; Chapter 14 regulates the ministry of gift in the primitive, apostolic assembly of saints.

(1) The important gift is that of prophecy (Co1 1:1)). The New Testament prophet was not merely a preacher, but an inspired preacher, through whom, until the New Testament was written, new revelations suited to the new dispensation were given (Co1 14:29-30).

(2) Tongues and the sign gifts are to cease, and meantime must be used with restraint, and only if an interpreter be present (Co1 14:1-19); (Co1 14:27); (Co1 14:28).

(3) In the primitive church there was liberty for the ministry of all the gifts which might be present, but for prophecy more especially (Co1 14:23-26); (Co1 14:31); (Co1 14:39).

(4) In such meetings, when "the whole church" came together "in one place," women were required to keep silence (Co1 14:34-35); (Co1 11:3-16); (Ti1 2:11-14).

(5) These injunctions are declared to be "the commandments of the Lord" (Co1 14:36-37).

1 Corinthians 14:2

co1 14:2

an unknown

Or, a tongue; and so in (Co1 14:4); (Co1 14:13); (Co1 14:14); (Co1 14:19); (Co1 14:27).

1 Corinthians 14:20

co1 14:20

be not children

(Greek, "paidion", "youths").

be ye children


1 Corinthians 14:34

co1 14:34


Compare (Gen 3:16).

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