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1 Corinthians 14:36

    1 Corinthians 14:36 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    What? came the word of God out from you? or came it to you only?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto you alone?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    What? was it from you that the word of God went out? or did it only come in to you?

    Webster's Revision

    What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto you alone?

    World English Bible

    What? Was it from you that the word of God went out? Or did it come to you alone?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    What? was it from you that the word of God went forth? or came it unto you alone?

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:36

    Came the word of God out from you? - Was it from you that other Churches received the Gospel? Are you the mother Church? that you should have rules, and orders, and customs, different from all others; and set yourselves up for a model to be copied by all the Churches of Christ?

    Or came it unto you only? - Are you the only Church of God? Are there not many others founded before you that have no such customs, and permit no such disorders?

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 14:36

    What! came the word of God out from you? - The meaning of this is, "Is the church at Corinth the "mother church?" Was it first established; or has it been alone in sending forth the Word of God? You have adopted customs which are unusual. You have permitted women to speak in a manner unknown to other churches; see 1 Corinthians 11:16. You have admitted irregularity and confusion unknown in all the others. You have allowed many to speak at the same time, and have tolerated confusion and disorder. Have you any "right" thus to differ from others? Have you any authority, as it were, to dictate to them, to teach them, contrary to their uniform custom, to allow these disorders? Should you not rather be conformed to them, and observe the rules of the churches which are older than yours?" The "argument" here is, that the church at Corinth was "not" the first that was established; that it was one of the "last" that had been founded; and that it could, therefore, claim no right to differ from others, or to prescribe to them. The same argument is employed in 1 Corinthians 11:16; see Note.

    Or came it unto you only? - As you are not the first of those who believed, neither are you the only ones. God has sent the same gospel to others, and it is traveling over the world. Others, therefore, have the same right as you to originate customs and special habits; and as this would be attended with confusion and disorder, you should all follow the same rule, and the customs which do not prevail in other churches should not be allowed in yours.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 14:36

    14:36 Are ye of Corinth either the first or the only Christians? If not, conform herein to the custom of all the churches.