1 Corinthians 14:40

40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

1 Corinthians 14:40 in Other Translations

KJV
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
ESV
40 But all things should be done decently and in order.
NLT
40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.
MSG
40 Be courteous and considerate in everything.
CSB
40 But everything must be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 14:40 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 14:40

Let all things be done decently and in order.
] Which may refer not only to what is said in this chapter, but in the foregoing part of the epistle; go not to law before the unbelievers; let not a believing yokefellow depart from an unbelieving one; let not him that has knowledge sit in an idol's temple, and eat meat there; let not a man pray with his head covered, and a woman with hers uncovered; come not to the house of God to eat and drink intemperately, thereby reflecting dishonour and scandal on the ordinance of the Lord's supper; let not any speak in an unknown tongue in the church, without an interpreter, as if he was a madman, nor suffer women to teach in public; all which are very unbecoming, and contrary to the rules of decency: do not encourage animosities, factions, and parties; despise not the faithful ministers of the word, but honour and obey them in the Lord; neglect not the discipline of the church, lay on censures, and pass the sentence of excommunication on such as deserve them; keep the ordinances as they have been delivered, particularly that of the Lord's supper; observe the rules prescribed for prophesying and speaking with tongues, and so all these things will be done according to the order of the Gospel: and the words may be considered as a general rule for the decent and orderly management of all things relating to the worship of God, and discipline of his house; that in all things a good decorum, and strict order, be observed, that nothing be done contrary to the rules of decency, and the laws and commandments of Christ.

1 Corinthians 14:40 In-Context

38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.
39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 33; Colossians 2:5