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1 Corinthians 14:35

    1 Corinthians 14:35 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And if they have a desire for knowledge about anything, let them put questions to their husbands privately: for talking in the church puts shame on a woman.

    Webster's Revision

    And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church.

    World English Bible

    If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is shameful for a woman to chatter in the assembly.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church.

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 14:35

    Church - Assembly of "called out" ones.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:35

    For it is a shame for women to speak in the church - The Jews would not suffer a woman to read in the synagogue; though a servant or even a child, had this permission; but the apostle refers to irregular conduct, such conduct as proved that they were not under obedience, 1 Corinthians 14:34.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 14:35

    And if they will learn anything - If anything has been spoken which they do not understand; or if on any particular subject they desire more full information, let them inquire of their husbands in their own dwelling. They may there converse freely; and their inquiries will not be attended with the irregularity and disorder which would occur should they interrupt the order and solemnity of public worship.

    For it is a shame - It is disreputable and shameful; it is a breach of propriety. Their station in life demands modesty, humility, and they should be free from the ostentation of appearing so much in public as to take part in the public services of teaching and praying. It does not become their rank in life; it is not fulfilling the object which God evidently intended them to fill. He has appointed people to rule; to hold offices; to instruct and govern the church; and it is improper that women should assume that office upon themselves. This evidently and obviously refers to the church assembled for public worship, in the ordinary and regular acts of devotion. There the assembly is made up of males and females, of old and young, and there it is improper for them to take part in conducting the exercises. But this cannot be interpreted as meaning that it is improper for females to speak or to pray in meetings of their own sex, assembled for prayer or for benevolence; nor that it is improper for a female to speak or to pray in a Sunday School. Neither of these come under the apostle's idea of a church. And in such meetings, no rule of propriety or of the Scriptures is violated in their speaking for the edification of each other, or in leading in social prayer. It may be added here, that on this subject the Jews were very strenuous, and their laws were very strict. The Rabbis taught that a woman should know nothing but the use of the distaff, and they were specially prohibited from asking questions in the synagogue, or even from reading. See Lightfoot. The same rule is still observed by the Jews in the synagogues.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 14:35

    14:35 And even if they desire to learn anything - Still they are not to speak in public, but to ask their own husbands at home - That is the place, and those the persons to inquire of.