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In 1 Corinthians 14:15 Paul is admonishing the Corinthians for "wasting their breath" by addressing God and others (including unbelievers) in languages that were not understood by the hearers:

[1Co 14:15 KJV] 15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

There appears to me to be a clear link with Psalm 46 LXX (Psalm 47 Masoretic):

     7 *Sing psalms to our God! Sing psalms! 
       Sing psalms to our King! Sing psalms! 
     8 *For God is the King of all of the earth. 
       Sing psalms intelligently! 


Brannan, R., Penner, K. M., Loken, I., Aubrey, M., & Hoogendyk, I. (Eds.). (2012). The Lexham English Septuagint (Ps 46:7–8). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

However, neither Romans 12:1 where Paul speaks of "reasonable worship" nor in the Corinthian passage is the same word for "intelligently".

So is this an allusion and if so:

  • what did the Psalm originally intend?
  • why didn't Paul use the actual words?
  • how does seeing a parallel to this particular Psalm enhance our understanding of either the Psalm, Romans 12:1 or 1 Corinthians 14?

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