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1 Corinthians 14:32-34 The Passion Translation (TPT)

32 Keep in mind that the anointing to prophesy doesn’t mean that the speaker is out of control[a]—he can wait his turn.[b] 33 For God is the God of harmony, not confusion,[c] as is the pattern in all the churches of God’s holy believers.

34 The women[d] should be respectfully silent during the evaluation of prophecy in the meetings.[e] They are not allowed to interrupt,[f] but are to be in a support role, as in fact the law teaches.[g]


  1. 1 Corinthians 14:32 Or “The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.” The Aramaic allows for this translation: “The prophecies (spiritual words) of the prophets are subject to the prophets,” which could imply that the prophet is to be accountable with his/her prophecies.
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:32 From the context it appears that the Corinthians were speaking in tongues and prophesying without regarding others in the body who also had prophetic words to share or a tongue and interpretation. This caused disorder and confusion in the church meetings, with people speaking up and giving their opinions about what was spoken.
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:33 Or “instability.”
  4. 1 Corinthians 14:34 Or “wives.”
  5. 1 Corinthians 14:34 Implied in the greater context. The theme Paul is addressing is unity and mutual edification, not simply the role of women. Women are permitted to speak in church, to prophesy, and to minister the gospel. See 1 Cor. 11:2-16; 14:31. Paul is apparently prohibiting interrupting the leaders as they evaluate prophetic utterances. It is likely that Paul was addressing a specific issue taking place in the church fellowship of Corinth with women interrupting the meetings with their opinions and questions about the prophetic words just spoken, possibly even words spoken by their husbands.
  6. 1 Corinthians 14:34 Or “speak.” Interrupting the meeting is implied when compared with 1 Cor. 11:2-16; 14:31; Acts 2:16-21; 21:9.
  7. 1 Corinthians 14:34 See Gen. 2:18-24; 3:16.
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