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1 Corinthians 14:7

7 Yet even 1lifeless things, whether flute or harp, in giving a sound, if they give 2no distinction in the tones, how will what is played on the flute or on the harp be known?


72 The apostle's illustrations in vv. 7-11 indicate that the Corinthian believers abused speaking in tongues by doing it in a nonsensical way, uttering sounds with no distinction in the tones (v. 7) and giving forth uncertain sounds (v. 8). They also overused it by practicing it in any place, in any way, and in any situation. Hence, the apostle corrected them and restricted them from abusing and using excessively such a small gift of the least profit, that they might seek the greater gifts and abound in the edifying of the saints and the building up of the church.