1 Corinthians 14:14

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if I pray in an vnknowen tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my vnderstanding is vnfruitfull.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if I make use of tongues in my prayers, my spirit makes the prayer, but not my mind.
- Basic English Bible

For if I pray with a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
- Darby Bible

For if I pray in an unknown language, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
- Webster's Bible

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is barren.
- Weymouth Bible

For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
- World English Bible

For if Y preye in tunge, my spirit preieth; myn vndurstondyng is with outen fruyt.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit doth pray, and my understanding is unfruitful.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:14


14:14 If I pray in an unknown tongue - The apostle, as he did at #1Cor 14:6|, transfers it to himself. My spirit prayeth - By the power of the Spirit I understand the words myself. But my understanding is unfruitful - The knowledge I have is no benefit to others.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 14:14


1Co 14:14 If I pray in an [unknown] tongue, etc. He does not understand, and only his spirit prayeth.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 14

  • Wayne
    There is no condemnation to them who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.
  • Wayne
    V.v. 32, 33, 38. Good verses for enlightenment and growth.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    All of Gods teaching ministreys must come back to the very roots of what the Word itself says to do as this is what the True church was all about. The manafestations of the Holy Spirit. Whats so hard about it ? If you Truly believe Gods Word means what it says and says what it means, then whats the hold up ? You know its the Truth. Shalom.
  • Lilian
    Jesus himself is a word of God. He who believes him and his living water shall never die. John 1.1 In the beginning there was a word and the word was with God and the word was God amen. Only believe his words and lean not with your own understanding. Thank you Jesus for bringing us your that gives us life in abundance. Thanks for your blood. Let us be Born Again in Spirit and not in the flesh.
  • GeraldineCole
    I think we need to search the word of Jesus and we will find the truth and if we do not understand we need to pray and ask Jesus for a answere we that have The Holy Ghost also can ask the Holy Ghost he will lead us to All truth Amen
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Avire,man cannot teach this. It is, as all gifts given by God according to his will, to whom he wills. Don't be deceived by the false teachers and false "Christians" of our day. May the Lord lead you into his truth.

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