8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

Other Translations of 1 Corinthians 14:8

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?

The Message

8 If the trumpet call can't be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle?

New King James Version

8 For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

New Living Translation

8 And if the bugler doesn't sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:8

Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:6-14

(Read 1 Corinthians 14:6-14)

Even an apostle could not edify, unless he spoke so as to be understood by his hearers. To speak words that have no meaning to those who hear them, is but speaking into the air. That cannot answer the end of speaking, which has no meaning; in this case, speaker and hearers are barbarians to each other. All religious services should be so performed in Christian assemblies, that all may join in, and profit by them. Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for public worship, and other religious exercises. Every true follower of Christ will rather desire to do good to others, than to get a name for learning or fine speaking.