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1 Corinthians 14:8

    1 Corinthians 14:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For if the war-horn gives out an uncertain note, who will get ready for the fight?

    Webster's Revision

    For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war?

    World English Bible

    For if the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for war?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For if the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war?

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:8

    If the trumpet give an uncertain sound - If, when the soldier should prepare himself for the battle, the trumpet should give a different sound to that which is ordinarily used on such occasions, the soldier is not informed of what he should do, and therefore does not arm himself; consequently, that vague, unintelligible sound of the trumpet, is of no use.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 14:8

    For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound - The trumpet was used commonly in war. It is a well-known wind instrument, and was made of brass, silver, etc. It was used for various purposes in war - to summon the soldiers; to animate them in their march; to call them forth to battle; to sound a retreat; and to signify to them what they were to do in battle, whether to charge, advance, or retreat, etc. It therefore employed a "language" which was intelligible to an army. An uncertain sound was one in which none of these things were indicated, or in which it could not be determined what was required.

    Who shall prepare himself ... - The apostle selects a single instance of what was indicated by the trumpet, as an illustration of what he meant. The idea is, that foreign tongues spoken in their assembly would be just as useless in regard to their duty, their comfort, and edification, as would be the sound of a trumpet when it gave one of the usual and intelligible sounds by which it was known what the soldiers were required to do. Just as we would say, that the mere beating on a drum would he useless, unless some tune was played by which it was known that the soldiers were summoned to the parade, to advance, or to retreat.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 14:8

    14:8 Who will prepare himself for the battle - Unless he understand what the trumpet sounds? suppose a retreat or a march.